James C. “JC” Coleman, 99, servant leader and loving father, passed away, March 4, 2022, at his home at Westminster Point Pleasant in Bradenton. JC was born May 9, 1922, in Ransom, Kentucky, to Amos and Elizabeth (Dotson) Coleman. He will be remembered most for his love for his Lord and Savior and for his care and heart-felt love for his family.
A WWII veteran, JC served in the US Army Air Corps in England, working on planes to keep them flying. He then worked as a power plant engineer in Kentucky and at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. After he retired and moved to Florida, JC worked for Brannen Pre Stress before finally landing in the job he loved the most — working in the funeral business. He was a true jack of all trades.
On July 6, 1947, JC married the love of his life, Ollie Jane (Browning), with whom he spent 70 wonderful years. Whether he was living in North Carolina or Florida, he was always active in his church, serving as a deacon, usher, and wherever he was needed. He enjoyed visiting for his church and even partnered with his next-door neighbor in North Carolina to regularly check on a “hermit” living in the Newport woods, making sure his needs were met. JC and Ollie Jane always checked on the elderly in their neighborhood during morning and evening walks. A Kentucky Colonel and a gentleman, JC continued the habit of caring after moving to Westminster Point Pleasant. He loved playing horseshoes and dominoes, hiding well the fact that he was almost blind. His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.
He is preceded in death by his wife; his brother Linton; his sisters Mabel Jesse, Sara Ann Stanley, and Pauline Williamson. He is survived by his brother Clinton “Tink” (Lou Anna) of Lexington, KY; daughter Paula; grandsons Michael David Bridges (Amy), and Scott Coleman Bridges; great grandchildren Alexander and Samantha Bridges; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
JC will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 11:30 am. Lunch will be served at Southside Baptist Church, 2035 Magnolia Street, Sarasota, after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to “The Bus Fund” at Southside Baptist Church, 2035 Magnolia St, Sarasota, FL 34239, or to the charity of your choice.