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Lt. Colonel Richard Coleman (Ret.)

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COLEMAN, Richard Retired Lt. Colonel Richard C. "Stock" Coleman Retired Lt. Colonel Richard C. "Stock" Coleman, a beloved husband, father, son and brother, 63, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, formerly of Waycross passed away Monday, March 28, 2011 at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Eastman, Georgia to Lewis Warren Coleman and Mary Ruth Shiver Coleman. He was a 1965 graduate of Dodge County High School. Upon graduating high school he joined the United States Marines. After his discharge from the Marines he began his career with the Georgia State Patrol. He earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. and also graduated from the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Mr. Coleman then served as Chief of Security for Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter and Governor George Busbee, Under President Jimmy Carter's administration he took a position on the White House Staff, appointed to assist Bert Lance in the Office of Management and Budget. After his time in Washington he returned to Georgia and became Captain and Troop Commander of the Georgia State Patrol headquartered in Waycross, Georgia. He was promoted to Major/Commanding Officer and then to Lt. Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and was stationed in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Coleman was appointed to serve as Head of Security for the 1996 Torch Relay which crossed the United States from Los Angeles to Atlanta for the Olympic Games held in Atlanta. He retired from the Georgia State Patrol in 1997. Upon his retirement he returned to Waycross and became Director of the Okefenokee Area Development Authority. He was also appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Port Authority. Mr. Coleman also served as President of Vedado Trading Company, an agriculture and shipping company conducting business between the United States and Cuba. He was an avid runner, participating in the Peachtree Road Race on numerous occasions. He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Waycross Fishing Club and a shareholder in the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club. In his early years in Waycross he was a member of Central Baptist Church and more recently was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waycross. He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Warren Coleman, and two brothers, Dr. John Coleman and Dr. Dan Coleman. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Stinson Coleman of Fernandina Beach, Florida, four children, Michele Ham and her husband Wayne of Eatonton, Georgia, Ryan Coleman and his wife Stephani of Brunswick, Oeorgia, Ross Coleman of Waycross, Georgia, Lucy Coleman, of Nahunta, Georgia, his mother, Mary Ruth Coleman of Eastman, Georgia, two brothers, Terry Coleman and his wife Carol of Eastman, Georgia, Randy Coleman of Adel, Georgia, a sister, Ginny Neal and her husband Cody of Moultrie, Georgia and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service honoring the life of Richard C. "Stock" Coleman will be held 2p.m., Friday at Central Baptist Church in Waycross. The family will visit with friends at the end of the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Toys for Tots Charity with the Georgia State Patrol, c/o Department of Public Safety Credit Union, 959 E. Confederate Ave., Atlanta, Georgia 30316 or to the Georgia Sheriffs Boys Ranch, Box 100, Hahira, Georgia 31632. Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 1, 2011
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