"They who love are but one step from heaven." And now these three remain faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13) "Bro" went to join Our Lord on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:50 a.m. He was 85 years young and was surrounded by his loving family at the hour of his death at his home in Port Allen. He was a native of Sunrise, LA. "Bro" served his country proudly in the Navy during WWII. Visiting will be at First Baptist Church at Grace Point in Port Allen on Thursday, March 28th from 8:30 a.m. until religious services at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. Gray Pearson. Burial to follow at Green Oaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge. "Bro" was a deacon at First Baptist Church at Grace Point in Port Allen, a charter member of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Posse, co-founder of Westside Academy, a member of the Mason's, and a long time grocery business owner. "Bro" was never far from horses and taught his children and grandchildren how to ride. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball. He traveled to bring his wife and daughter for 22 years to National Bowling Tournaments. "Bro" was wealthy beyond measures in friendships. "Bro" is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bobbie Jo Weems Coleman; his four children, Michael Coleman and his wife Marian, Terry Landry and her husband Marlon "Bucky" Landry, Gary Coleman and companion Tara Hernandez, and Merri Dean "Deannie" Esneault and husband Daryl; his sisters, Jewell Hargroder and Winona Junot and husband Sidney; 10 grandchildren that were the "apples of his eye", Chantel, Erin, Michael "Cole", Garrett, Caleb, Lantz, Marlo, Jensen, Landen and Skyler; 11 great grandchildren, Britlyn, Austin, Elise, Micah, Judah, Baylee, Reese, Easton, Ella, Ean and Sage; 1 great-great grandchild, Rylan; and former daughter-in-law, Darlene Babin Coleman. "Bro"" was preceded in death by his parents, William C. Coleman Sr. and Ethel Bowman Coleman; his infant son, Darren Lane Coleman; grandson Jonathan Fountaine. Pallbearers will be Lantz Landry, Jensen and Landen Esneault, Gary, Caleb, Michael and Michael ""Cole" Coleman. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Hebert and Oscar Lemoine. The family wishes to thank their pastor, Gray Pearson and church family at First Baptist Church of Port Allen for their love and prayers, South LA Hospice especially Camillia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Fund. Please share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.wilbertservices.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Mar. 26 to Mar. 28, 2013