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Sweet rest and peace has come for our beloved mother, Apostle Florence Bernice Taylor Coleman, who entered eternal rest on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at her home. She was a native of Prince George County, and the daughter of the late Deacon William H. Sr. and Bernice James Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Coleman Sr.; three sisters, Lillie Tabron, Rosa Crawley Johnson and Mollie Marsh; and a brother, William H. Taylor Jr.

She found Christ at an early age, but later renewed her life with Christ in 1981 at Praise Center Mission, now known as Glory Multi-Cultured Center, where she served faithfully until God called her out. She was the co-founder and pastor of the New Beginning Fellowship of God Ministry in Hopewell, Va. She served faithfully as pastor and later became apostle until her health decline. She always preached against sin. She was very firm in her belief, but yet very loving and had a great concern for people in general. Two of her favorite songs were "Lord Have Mercy" and "Higher Lord." Whenever she would start to sing those particular songs, you knew something was about to happen.

She was a very devoted wife for 58 years, also a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many.

She worked at Metropolitan Linen and Uniform Services. She was a certified nurse's assistant and later retired from being a school bus driver. She was also a foster mother for many years who raised two of her grandsons.

She leaves to cherish her memories, five daughters, Carolyn Crockett (Richard), Kathy Butts, devoted caregiver-Angela Johnson (Marvin Sr.), Vanessa Thomas (Johnny Sr.) and Lynetta Tyler; three sons, Lawrence Coleman Jr. (Theresa), Carl Coleman Sr. (Adrian) and Keith Coleman Sr. (TaShara); 27 grandchildren' 40-plus great-grandchildren; two sisters, Josephine Jones and Gladys Powell (Willie); four brothers, Leroy Taylor (Rose), George Taylor, James Taylor (Gertrude) and Eugene Washington (Brenda); three brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; six aunts; two uncles; special friend, former pastor, Apostle Haywood and Martha James; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services for Apostle Florence B. Coleman will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Harvest International Full Gospel Center Inc., 1017 W. Washington St., Petersburg, Va.; Bishop Mary P. Bonner, pastor. Interment to follow at Appomattox Cemetery, Hopewell, Va.

Family visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the funeral establishment.

The family will receive friends at 9614 Merchant Hope Road, Hopewell, Va.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Apostle Coleman at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
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Published in The Progress-Index from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2014
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