Johnny Hiram Coleman Jr.

May 17, 2023

July 24, 1937 - May 14, 2023

Johnny Hiram Coleman Jr., 85, went to meet his Lord on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at his home with his sister, Sue, and family members by his side.

Mr. Coleman was happy and at peace to be there surrounded by family who loved him.

He was born to Johnny Hiram and Nannie Lee (Freeman) Coleman Sr., on July 24, 1937, in Liberty.

Mr. Coleman and Claudell Wilkinson were united in marriage and together were blessed with three children and also blessed with three additional children.

He owned his own business most of his life.

He was a skilled contractor, who was trusted and liked by many, and took great pride in his work.

He built metal buildings for businesses and many log homes in Mississippi and surrounding states.

His home was Mississippi, where he and his family lived for most of his 85 years.

Mr. Coleman was a cowboy in his dress and in his heart. He loved his boots, hat and horses.
He loved being with his family, and especially loved and doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He would always ask his family, “Do you need anything or my help?” He was always ready and willing.

Mr. Coleman was a Christian and had given his life to the Lord in Zachary, La., at Eastside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Claudell; his two brothers, Melvin and Keith Coleman; his sister, Lelia Raye Smith; his step-son, Marcus Thornton; and his granddaughter, Ashley Coleman Touchstone.
Survivors include his three children; Johnny Dale Coleman and his wife, Gigi, of Smithdale, Danny Coleman of Natchez and Jennifer Alice Coleman of Meadville; his two step-children, Rebecca Dupree of Meadville and Gail Lark of Grand Coteau, La.; two grandsons, Trent Coleman and his wife, Chelsi, of Hattiesburg and Trevor Coleman and his wife, Emily, of McCall Creek; his four great-grandchildren, Jace, Charly, Riley and Hayes; his sister and her husband, Sue and Burl Hopkins, of Ava, Mo.; his brother, Wilton Coleman of Bossier City, La.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Cremation services were being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava, Mo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Mississippi.

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Clinkingbeard Funeral Home of Ava, Mo., was in charge of arrangements.