Jewel Bryant Coleman, Sr. of Montgomery, Alabama departed this life Tuesday, September 4, 2013. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at White Chapel Greenwood Funeral Home. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Metropolitan United Methodist Church 3108 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36105, Rev. John E. Brooks, officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
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Jewel was born on January 11, 1924 to the late James Edward and Mamie J. Bryant Coleman in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Jewel was the fourth child of five, and younger of identical twins, born to this union.
World War II interrupted his plans of continuing his education, as he prepared to graduate from Alexander High School. After graduation Jewel enlisted in the Navy. He was honorably discharged after the war and came to Alabama in 1946 to attend Tuskegee Institute, fulfilling his childhood dream. While at Tuskegee he majored in Building Construction.
After graduating from Tuskegee, Jewel moved to Montgomery and became co-owner of Coleman Brothers Construction Company. The Coleman Brothers built and remodeled many houses and churches in Montgomery and the surrounding areas. In 1968 he was recruited to be the carpentry and building construction instructor at Trenholm State Technical College. He retired from his teaching position in 1988 after 20 years of distinguished service. It was his wish to be remembered for his work.
Jewel found a church home at Metropolitan United Methodist Church shortly after moving to Montgomery. He was an active and faithful member, always ready to serve where needed. He was also a member of William L. Harris Lodge #231, Alpha Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and the neighborhood bowling league; Jewel liked to bowl.
Jewel is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Willie A. Coleman, children, Jewel B. Coleman, Jr., Dr. Joyce Coleman Johnson, Jacinta C. Berry (Dwayne), Agnes C. Fields (Samuel), and James N. Coleman (Terri). He will be greatly missed by his grand children and great-grand children.
He also leaves behind a dear sister, Lois McKnight of Lake Charles, Louisiana; two sisters-in-law Nettie Coleman, Montgomery, Alabama, Irene Hayes, Mobile, Alabama; one brother-in-law, Willie Pettway, Mobile, Alabama; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Jewel was preceded in death by his siblings Adair James Coleman, Edward Bryant Coleman, Sr. and Gladys Coleman Roy.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2013