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Mr. Charles Edward Coleman Sr., was born March 11, 1939, in Laurens County, South Carolina, the eighth child of Charles Coleman and Harvie Belle Wright Coleman.
At an early age, Charles joined White Plains Baptist Church. He was baptized in 1951 at the age of twelve and served on the youth choir and the usher board. He enjoyed singing and working in God's vineyard. He was an active member until his health decline.
He attended the public schools of Laurens County, South Carolina and was a graduate of the Thomas Sanders High School Class of 1957 where he was a bus driver and excelled in Football and basketball. He received the nickname "Shoe Bootie" while playing basketball at Sanders under Coach Henry Issac. He also earned a football scholarship to South Carolina Area Trade.
Upon returning home from South Carolina Area Trade, he gained employment with Standard Plywood Company in Clinton for years, Torrington Plant and Wilson Sporting Goods for sixteen or more years. He was also formerly employed with Beasley Funeral Home and Kennedy Funeral Home of Laurens. Charles was taught work ethics by his parents and helped people throughout his life.
While working at Lakeside Country Club as a caddy, Shoe Bootie learned to play the game of golf which he loved and enjoyed. He also loved attending the South Carolina State football and basketball games as well as all of the Laurens Raiders games, especially on Friday night to make sure his mother was present at all the Raider's games.
Charles loved his family and his community. He always showed his support and encouraged the children to participate in baseball and other sports.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers: Lewie (Mattie) Coleman, John (Dorothy) Coleman, T.C. Coleman, Bobby Coleman; Bessie Shands; and a brother-in-law, Johnny Leake, Jr.
On Tuesday, October, October 17, 2023, at nine forty at night, Mr. Charles Edward Coleman answered the call from his Lord and Savior at his home in Laurens, South Carolina at the age of eighty-four with his family by his bedside.
Cherishing his precious memories are his devoted wife of twenty years, Johnie Mae Coleman; his sons, Michael Coleman of Laurens, SC, Charles (Lisa Sanders) Coleman, Jr.; his daughter, Sabrina (Al Williams) Coleman, his step-son, Charles (Rene) Bailey; ; his step-daughter, Christie Bailey; four grandchildren reared in the home: Star (Mark) Mims, Chris (Grace) Coleman, Dario Coleman, and Jamel Coleman; twenty-two total grandchildren; six great greatgranchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers: Eugene Coleman of Laurens,SC, Fred "Chuck" Coleman and Willie C. (Gwendolyn) Coleman both of Hyattsville, MD; three sisters:; Elma (Wilbert) Morrison, Marion C. Miller both of Laurens, SC, and Connie Johnson; six brothers-in-law: Willie Leake, Jessie (Sandra) Leake; Joseph (Bertha) Lyons, Willie (Helen) Young, Jurell Byrd, and Wilbert Morrison; eleven sisters-in-law, Betty (James) Johnson, Uzella (Thomas) Sims, Mary Burton, Patricia Briggs, Katherine Bluford, Bertha (Ralph) Suber, Wanda Dunlap, Sarah Smith, Vickie (Jessie) Campbell, Mattie Pearl DemBramaletta, and Jerline Coleman; extended family member and caretakers: Shannon (Caseworker), Lisa Morton and Holly Quinn of Agape Care of South Carolina (Cared for his two sisters) and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The family is at the home of 111 Constitution Ave., Laurens, SC