Coleman, Bessie Lee

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman

Bessie Lee Coleman, 69, of Chattanooga, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in a local health care facility. 

She was a 1968 graduate of Howard High School. Bessie was employed by the Hamilton County Department of Education and was a faithful member of Alton Park Church of Christ. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvester and Addie Johnson; son, Ronald Coleman, Jr.; twin sister, Mattie Lee Coleman; nephew, Kenneth Coleman; and sister-in-law, Elsie Wilson. 

Survivors include her daughter, Darnita Coleman; three grandchildren, Alexis Coleman, Laquesha Wood, and Tyla Coleman, all of Chattanooga; sisters, Daisy Wilson of Chattanooga, Thelma Forbes of Beach Park, IL, and Cora Washington of Jamaica, NY; brothers, Nathan Wilson of Cleveland, OH and Devasco (Sandra) Wilson of Memphis, TN; special daughter, Lisa Williams of Chattanooga; a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends. 

She will lie in state on Thursday, May 17, after 12:30 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be on Friday, May 18, at noon in the chapel with Brother Phillip Henderson as the eulogist. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.


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