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Celebrating the life of
Jean Constance Hart "Connie" Coleman
Passed away on December 31, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Thursday, January 03, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00 a.m. - Friday, January 04, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Interment Will Be Private

I was so sorry to hear of Connie's passing. We were neighbors in Fairway Oaks for many years. She and Billy were so kind to us. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Alan Kicklighter, Savannah, Ga

Jimmie, So sorry for your loss. Please know that y'all are in our thoughts and prayers. GOD loves you and so do we, Mike Sims

Mike Sims, Savannah, Ga.

Connie and family, so sorry for your loss and that we were unable to get to the funeral home but Jim's health situation kept us home. Hester & Jim McDonald

Hester McDonald, Savannah, GA

Sten and I were so sad to hear of Connie's passing. She was a wise and wonderful lady who holds a special place in my heart. Thirty years ago in Savannah, when Sten and I married, my own mother was unable to attend. Cece was my beautiful and attentive maid of honor, but she couldn't fill in for a mom. Without missing a beat Connie stepped in on the wedding day and graciously assumed the role and duties of mother of the bride. She fixed bouquets, helped with make up, and basically treated me like a princess. I've always been grateful. Remembering her all these years has been easy, as her art has graced our home and hearts. Hugs and love to all the Colemans.

Kathy Stinson Hessmer, Virgina Beach, VA

We are so very sorry for your loss. Connie was a wonderful and talented lady.

Frances Smith, Savannah, GA

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Wishing well of your family in this time of loss.

Joel Constantz, Virginia Beach, Virginia

I was sad to hear of Connie's passing. I got to know her and graduated with her at SCAD. I was so glad to be able to see and visit with her again at Asbury.

Cathy Solomons, Springfield, GA

As a friend of the Coleman's I was in their lovely home many many times and you know, I don't remember Mrs. Coleman ever sitting down. One day she's painting the house, another she was in the kitchen and so on. She was just a delightful person to be around. Many years and much geography has passed since I had seen her. I see that warm, welcoming smile when I think of her. Peace to her entire family at this painful loss.

Joe Tomlinson, Renfrew, PA

Billy, I among many others are saddened to learn of Connie's death. As you know, she and I became friends during our middle school days and remained in loose touch with her and you, her love since her teens. This friendship continued into our late lives. My health prevents me from being there at this time, but my thoughts are with the two of you. Sharing your grief, Richard

Richard Mock, Columbus, Georgia

Jean Constance Hart ”Connie” Coleman passed away Monday morning, due to complications from heart surgery on December 31, 2018, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 85.

Connie was born in Statesboro, Georgia on April 1, 1933 to Dottie and Lehman William Hart.

She attended public schools in Savannah, Georgia and graduated in 1933 from Commercial High School and in 1984 from the Savannah College of Art of Design earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

She worked as a secretary for the president of Meddin Meat Packing for a short time until she married Lt. Willie A. Coleman and began a 67-year career as an Army wife and mother.

She was an excellent cook and homemaker.  As a young girl during the WW II years she cooked for two children and four to seven adults while they attended school or worked.  She made men’s and women’s clothing for display on mannequins at Sears Department store. Wherever she lived, in Athens, Savannah, Richmond, Lawrence, Arlington, Syracuse, or Heidelberg, she cultivated vegetable gardens.  She won many prizes for old fashioned canning of her farm-fresh foods.

She took a major interest in her children’s education and their sports.  She was both a Girl Scout den mother and a Boy Scout leader.  She attended dance lessons, recitals, football games and any other activity in which her children were involved.

Another love of Connie’s was art, all kinds of art, but mostly painting.  She painted beautiful landscapes, pictures of flowers, and the wonderful views around Savannah and the many places she lived over the years. She was also a talented sculptor, hat maker and seamstress.

As an Army wife, she traveled extensively. Among her most treasured memories were a trip to the Berlin Wall before it was torn down, Hong Kong while it was still part of the British Empire, and Hawaii as an RR trip to meet her husband during the Vietnam War.

One project she enjoyed, and was especially proud of, was working on President Jimmy Carter’s Inauguration committee. She worked weeks in the headquarters in Washington before, and at the DC Armory the night of the inauguration. We still get a Christmas card from the Carters.

She is survived by her husband, Willie, their daughter Constance Coleman, their son Joe (Helen), her brother Jimmie Hart (Carolyn), her granddaughters Elizabeth Coleman and Rebekah Etheredge (Ethan) and many, many cousins.

The family thanks the loving nurses and outstanding doctors of the CCU at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and the funeral service will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel followed by a private graveside ceremony in Metter, Georgia.

Please sign our online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com

 

 

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I was so sorry to hear of Connie's passing. We were neighbors in Fairway Oaks for many years. She and Billy were so kind to us. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Alan Kicklighter, Savannah, Ga

Jimmie, So sorry for your loss. Please know that y'all are in our thoughts and prayers. GOD loves you and so do we, Mike Sims

Mike Sims, Savannah, Ga.

Connie and family, so sorry for your loss and that we were unable to get to the funeral home but Jim's health situation kept us home. Hester & Jim McDonald

Hester McDonald, Savannah, GA

Sten and I were so sad to hear of Connie's passing. She was a wise and wonderful lady who holds a special place in my heart. Thirty years ago in Savannah, when Sten and I married, my own mother was unable to attend. Cece was my beautiful and attentive maid of honor, but she couldn't fill in for a mom. Without missing a beat Connie stepped in on the wedding day and graciously assumed the role and duties of mother of the bride. She fixed bouquets, helped with make up, and basically treated me like a princess. I've always been grateful. Remembering her all these years has been easy, as her art has graced our home and hearts. Hugs and love to all the Colemans.

Kathy Stinson Hessmer, Virgina Beach, VA

We are so very sorry for your loss. Connie was a wonderful and talented lady.

Frances Smith, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Hobie Manley — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Jen Bessick & Doug Yuill — Georgia

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Wishing well of your family in this time of loss.

Joel Constantz, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Janet Paulson — Georgia

I was sad to hear of Connie's passing. I got to know her and graduated with her at SCAD. I was so glad to be able to see and visit with her again at Asbury.

Cathy Solomons, Springfield, GA

As a friend of the Coleman's I was in their lovely home many many times and you know, I don't remember Mrs. Coleman ever sitting down. One day she's painting the house, another she was in the kitchen and so on. She was just a delightful person to be around. Many years and much geography has passed since I had seen her. I see that warm, welcoming smile when I think of her. Peace to her entire family at this painful loss.

Joe Tomlinson, Renfrew, PA

Billy, I among many others are saddened to learn of Connie's death. As you know, she and I became friends during our middle school days and remained in loose touch with her and you, her love since her teens. This friendship continued into our late lives. My health prevents me from being there at this time, but my thoughts are with the two of you. Sharing your grief, Richard

Richard Mock, Columbus, Georgia


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