Gene Coleman

Hamilton County

ROSSVILLE Rev. Eugene Harold "Gene" Coleman, Sr., 68, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at his residence.Gene began pastoring following his graduation from Zion Bible College in 1965 and for the past 27 years, he has served at East Ridge Christian Church and was the founder of Carpenter's Cowboy Church in Chattanooga 17 years ago. Rev. Coleman is a third-generation minister and also a veteran radio broadcaster, having worked at WDEF, WGOW, WFLI, and was host of the television show "Coleman & People" for nine years. In the 1970s he served as press secretary for George P. Shafran, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, worked as a National Business Committee Consultant for the Gerald Ford President Campaign in 1976, served as a fund-raising consultant for the Greater New Orleans Federation of Churches in 1984 and as the director of Division of Administration for the Louisiana State Medical Society. In addition to him serving as the pastor of Carpenters Cowboy Church, he also served as pastoral care provider at Covenant Transport. Through all of Genes endeavors, he has stated that the five best things he ever contributed to this world were his children. He loved and served God first, followed by his children and his church. You walked with God on earth and your reward is his company in heaven.Gene was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Marvin Harold Coleman.Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Hazel Regina Coleman; his children, Kimberly (David) Rumsmoke, Heather Sue Coleman and Tara-Beth Coleman, Gene H. Coleman and Marvin Scott Coleman; stepchildren, Charity K. Trillet, Jeremy (Patricia) Trillet, Joy E. Trillet and Amy R. Trillett; brother, John A. (Elsie) Coleman; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Carpenter's Cowboy Church, 3616 Rossville Boulevard, Chattanooga. The Rev. Coleman will be laid to rest at Nethkin Hills Cemetery, Elk Garden, W.Va.To share your expressions of sympathy, visit his online guestbook at lane-southcrestchapel.com.The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 - 8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

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