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Mrs. Mary Jean Colvin Loman was born on June 28, 1927, in Ozark, AL, to Thomas and Flora (Waters) Colvin, Sr. Mary was called home on Sunday, September 9, 2018, with her husband and family by her side.

Mary attended and graduated from Ozark Colored High School (D. A. Smith School). She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Elementary Education from Alabama State University. She worked as an elementary school teacher for thirty years in Alabama and Georgia. At the age of six, she learned to play the piano. She was a passionate pianist and organist who played by ear and read music. Mary taught private piano lessons until 2015.

Mary Jean Colvin and Melvin Loman, Jr. were united in holy matrimony on August 24, 1949, in Ozark. From that union, they were blessed with four children: Kathy, Melva, Donna, and Michael. Following the birth of their second child, Mary and Melvin moved to Albany to establish new residence.

At an early age, Mary was baptized at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Ozark. Upon moving to Albany, she joined Friendship Baptist Church where she was a dedicated member for over 50 years. As a devoted member of Friendship Baptist Church, Mary served as Deaconess, the church pianist, and on various committees for many years. She actively volunteered with seniors within her community. In 2017, when she and her husband relocated to Virginia, they joined Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg.

Her favorite hobbies included playing the piano, fishing, crocheting, and various arts & crafts. She was also a devoted member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her favorites songs include "Total Praise" and "Praise Him".

Mary was preceded into death by her father, Thomas Colvin, Sr.; her mother, Flora Colvin; her brothers, Thomas Colvin, Jr. and Lewis Evans.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, Melvin Loman Jr.; four children, Kathy (Willie) Blackwell of Atlanta, GA, Melva (John) Chambers of Aberdeen, NJ, Donna Wells of Petersburg, VA, and Michael (Edith) Loman of Keansburg, NJ; nine grandchildren, Crystal Blackwell, April Blackwell, John Chambers, Jr. (Cynthia), MacKenzie Kennedy (Christopher), Erica Jackson (Leonard Jr.), Don Wells II, Eric Wells, Michael Loman, Jr., and Manolo Loman; four great-grandchildren, Emani Jackson, Logan Jackson, Titus Kennedy, and Tobin Kennedy; a sister, Florene Colvin of Ozark, AL; sister-in-law, Alma Colvin of Dothan, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Services will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA, Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs, Sr., Pastor, eulogist. The interment will be held Southlawn Memorial Park.

The family will assemble 12:00 Noon the day of the service and will receive friends at 440 Chanticleer Drive, Petersburg, VA.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911,
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Published in The Progress-Index from Sept. 13 to Sept. 14, 2018
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