The Rev. Coleman Wesley Howlett, 69, of Elizabethtown, died Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014, after a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Louisville to the late Jesse and Merle Howlett. Coleman graduated from DuPont Manual High School, the University of Kentucky and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was married 50 years to his beloved high school sweetheart, Linda Welch Howlett.
The Rev. Howlett left a promising career at Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Louisville to answer God's call to full-time ministry. He served the following United Methodist churches and appointments: Prospect and Snapping Shoals in Covington, Ga.; Bethel in Glasgow; Rockfield in Bowling Green; Preston Highway in Louisville; Cadiz; College Heights in Elizabethtown; St. John in Hopkinsville; Elizabethtown district superintendent; director of spiritual formation of the Kentucky Conference; Versailles; and again as Elizabethtown district superintendent.
Coleman is a member of the DuPont Manual High School Hall of Fame. He was undefeated as a pitcher in high school baseball, winning the Kentucky high school state championship in 1962, his senior year. He received a scholarship and was a three-year varsity letterman on the University of Kentucky baseball team.
When the Louisville Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals Triple A baseball affiliate, came to Louisville in 1982, Coleman served as batting practice pitcher and was the team's unofficial chaplain for several years.
Coleman created a youth soccer program in Bowling Green in 1979, today one of the most successful soccer youth programs in Kentucky. In 1986, he also started the youth soccer program in Cadiz. He was one of the top soccer officials in Kentucky, calling the high school state championship game in 1992 and NAIA and NCAA college games.
Offering Christ to persons in Belize and Haiti, he embarked on several Volunteers in Mission trips, many times with at least one of his sons in tow. In 1993, he was instrumental in founding Hardin County Habitat for Humanity. He served for many years on the Camp Loucon Board of Directors, and as camp dean on numerous occasions.
Coleman served as an adjunct professor at Lindsey Wilson College and Asbury Theological Seminary. Since 1988 he served Emmaus Communities wherever he lived.
Coleman was an avid golfer and racquetball player and pitched batting practice for Elizabethtown High School. He loved coaching aspiring baseball players.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Howlett.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; children Ken (Jennifer), Chris (Roz) and Jason Howlett, and Wendy (Travis) Goodman; grandchildren Chloe, Josiah, Lydia, Jasmine, Isabella, Jonah, Alex, Abby and Carly Howlett, and Preston and Mallory Goodman; a great-granddaughter, Sofia Henry; siblings Barbara (Dewey) Young, Sue (Butch) Kitterman, Jackie (Diane), Ricky (Carolyn), Bobby (Lynn), and David Howlett, and a half-sister, Cheryl Howlett; a sister-in-law: Sharon Howlett; aunts Julia Dever, Sarah (Jack) McClellan, Gail Schickinger (Glenn) Stennett and Libby Howlett; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Adam Sparks and Dr. Charles Darland officiating. Entombment follows in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Louisville.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at College Heights United Methodist Church and continues after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial United Methodist Church.
Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the College Heights United Methodist Church Building Fund.