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Martha Sue Schaeffer Coleman

1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Martha Sue Schaeffer Coleman Obituary
Martha Sue Schaeffer Coleman


Martha Schaeffer Coleman was born on July 12, 1932, the daughter of the late Joseph Henry Schaeffer, Sr. and Martha Sue Randolph Schaeffer. On September 6, 1952, she was united in marriage to Donald Deming Coleman, Sr., who survives. Martha departed this life on August 20, 2017, at the age of 85 years, 1 month, and 8 days.

Martha was a member of the Colonial Dames and Daughters of the American Revolution, both in Memphis, Tennessee. Martha attended The Carpenter Shop in Savannah, Tennessee. She enjoyed going to Pickwick Lake, gardening, reading, and walking.

In addition to her husband, Martha is survived by her son, Donald Deming Coleman, Jr. of Counce, Tennessee; daughter, Virginia Sue Coleman Smith and husband, Basil, Jr. of Dyersburg, Tennessee; sisters, Dorothy Vawter of Mobile, Alabama and Bettye Carasso of Olive Branch, Mississippi; brother, Milton Turner Schaeffer of Germantown, Tennessee; grandchildren, Rebecca Randolph Cobo, Eric Smith, and Joseph Schaeffer; and eight great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her daughter, DeLayne Duke Coleman; brothers, Joe Schaeffer, Jr., Gene Schaeffer, and Duke Schaeffer; and a sister, Kittye MacNeille.

The spiritual legacy she left behind was evidenced in her lovely Memorial Service at Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah TN. The pastor, her grandson, Eric Smith, spoke of the impact she had on her family and friends. Her grandson, Joseph Smith, read her favorite scripture and her granddaughter, Rebecca Smith Como, sang Martha Sue's favorite hymns. Gene Smith, her son-in-law, remarked at the graveside how Martha Sue inspired others with her deep and abiding faith in Christ. It was a family affair.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 26, 2017
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