Buster Coleman, 69, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Garden Club home on August 29th, 2014 with his loving wife and family by his side.
Buster was born on February 23rd, 1945 in Montgomery, AL and soon moved to Panama City where he lived his entire life. He was a 1963 graduate of Bay High School, attended The Citadel and graduated from Mississippi College in 1969. He also earned a Masters degree in Psychology and Human Behavior from Troy State University.
Buster spent his professional career selflessly helping others. First as the founder and Executive Director of Crossroads The Recovery Center and then as the director of The Children's Home Society. He was a friend, mentor and counselor to countless people during times of hardship and was an outspoken advocate for the prevention of child abuse.
Mr. Coleman also served as The Chairman of the Board of Holy Nativity Episcopal Day School, Vice Commodore of the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club, member of the Downtown Rotary Club and was a friend of Bill W. for 33 years.
An avid sportsman, Buster's passions included deer and elk hunting, wing shooting, big game fishing, golf, poker and Florida Gator football.
Buster was never accused of not saying what was on his mind and his wry wit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years Rosamond Giraud Coleman, his Children Alice Coleman (Pat Penn), Paige Anne Coleman (John Campbell), William Howland Coleman, Jr. (Mandy), Stephanie Anne Goss (Jay), grandchildren Camille Fine, Samantha Fine, Williamson Fine, Coleman Herrman, Webber Herrman, Joshua Coleman and Katie Coleman. Great grandchildren Jaylynn Goss and Elena Goss, his Sister Beth Coleman Branch, his many loving nieces and nephews and lifelong friends Bette Adams Powell and Jack Williams.
He was preceded in death by his father M.A. "Alf" Coleman and his mother Alice Webber "Gata" Coleman.
Asked to serve as active pallbearers are Gregory Anderson, Jim Branch, Powell Branch, Warren Middlemas, Juston Stone and Trey Wise. Asked to serve as honorary pallbearers are the Staff of The Children's Home Society, Billy Lark, Will Lark, John Robert Middlemas, Jim Moody, Rayford Lloyd, Charlie Lewis, Jack Laird, Gerry Clemons, Shelly Bear, Deanna Christenson, Tammy Chambers, Bill Espy, Rowlett Bryant, Jay Hancock and Willis Holley.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to the Emerald Coast division of The Children's Home Society, 914 Harrison Ave. Panama City, FL 32401, or the
in memory of William H. Coleman.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 – 3 p.m. prior to the service.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Aug. 30, 2014