Dr. James J. "Jim" Coleman

  • "Thinking of you today with much love, Jim..."
    - Joy Henley
  • "I so wish Jim was still walking amongst us, I really need..."
    - Jane Hale
  • "I will always miss your infectious laugh and unwavering..."
    - Stephanie Gudeman
  • "Jim would call me every day in between patients. We had..."
    - Joe Diamond
  • "I thought of Jim so many times yesterday. It is comforting..."
    - Emily Moore

NASHVILLE, Tenn. James Jackson "Jim" Coleman, M.D., age 57, died April 18, 2008, at his home in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Coleman was a Board Certified physician in Pulmonary/Internal Medicine. Prior to moving his practice to Nashville, Tenn., in 1992, he practiced in Portland, Ore. and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Catherine Ashley Coleman, and his father, Clayton Noyes Coleman, Sr.

He is survived by his daughter, Lauren Coleman of Franklin, Tenn.; his mother, Mrs. Addie Shirley Hoole of Tuscaloosa; brother, Clayton Noyes Coleman, Jr., D.M.D., of Santa Fe, N.M.; sister, Emily Coleman Moore (Robin) of Tuscaloosa; aunt, Mrs. Anne Shirley McNeff of Tuscaloosa; niece, Katherine Moore of Columbia, S.C.; nephew, Henry Moore of Birmingham, Ala.; and several cousins.

Dr. Coleman was educated in local schools, received his undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and his medical degree from The University of Alabama Medical School. He graduated from both institutions Cum Laude. Other honors include: Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate and Alpha Omega Alpha and The Award for Excellence in Basic Sciences from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

In addition to his love for medicine, he was also an accomplished musician. He learned to play the guitar while in Tuscaloosa Junior High School and played in local bands, The Gents and The Rubber Band. He composed music as well as lyrics and produced several CD's that demonstrated his skill as a guitarist, composer and singer. His taste in music was eclectic and his interests and talents ranged from classical to jazz. His latest interest was composing, playing and singing gospel music.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Evergreen City Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Fields officiating and Heritage Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Bony Barrineau, Delaine Mountain, Michael Kavanaugh, Buddy Martin, Chuck Leavell, and Drayton Wear.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The William Stanley Hoole Special Collection Library at The University of Alabama or to the charity of choice.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Apr. 23, 2008