George Woodie Coleman, Jr.

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George Woodie Coleman, Jr. passed away Friday, October 5, 2018. We will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 8, 2018. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 92 years on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church.

Woodie. was born on May 25, 1926, in Wichita, Kansas, and was adopted by George and Pearl Coleman. He proudly served in the US Army in Camp Crowder, Missouri. On August 15, 1947, Woodie married the love of his life, Troyce Rhodes at the First Church of the Nazarene in Abernathy, Texas. Woodie taught and coached in Petersburg and Abernathy. He and his family moved to Lubbock in 1959. He taught school at Stewart Elementary, was a principal at Martin Elementary, worked at the Region XVII Education Service Center and retired in 1991 after 41 years of service in education. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Bethany Peniel College and his Master’s and Doctorate from Texas Tech University. Woodie and Troyce traveled in their RV after retirement to every state in the continental US and enjoyed being a part of Campers for Christ, where he was president of the local chapter. He loved church and teaching Sunday School lessons until he passed away. He played minor league baseball with the Lubbock Hubbers, enjoyed fishing, loved his family, enjoyed watching Texas Tech sports and loved studying and teaching God’s Word.

Survivors include his, wife, Troyce Wynette Coleman; three daughters, Gwen Holmes and husband, Phil; Sherry Mitchell and husband, Tim; and Diane Donahoo; two sons, Reggie Coleman and wife, Gayla; and Randy Coleman; six grandsons, Shane Holmes and wife, Laney; Craig Mitchell and wife, Alyson; Damy Donahoo and wife, Casey; Trent Donahoo and wife, Kellie; Aaron Coleman and wife, Sarah; Kent Coleman and wife, Chloe; six granddaughters, Shelley Holmes, Tracy Milam, Kimberly Matthews and husband, Chris; Macy Donahoo, Angel Tschetter and husband, Mark; and Cassie Coleman; twelve great-grandsons, Cayden, Xander, and Dylan Holmes, Austin Jones, Mitch Milam, Coleman Mitchell, Kayden and Jace Matthews, Ethan and Tanner Donahoo, Koen Donahoo, Dominic Coleman; nine great-granddaughters, Ashlyn Holmes, Peyton Milam, Avery Mitchell, Townlee, Tatum, and Kennedy Donahoo; Catelynn Coleman, Savannah, and Kenzie Tschetter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Cora Pearl Coleman.


Memorial contributions are welcome, and the family suggests the Building Fund at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church, 8315 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79424 or the Rhodes Family Scholarship Fund at 6301NW 54th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73122.


2 thoughts on “George Woodie Coleman, Jr.”

  1. Pat & Weldon Day

    We are so sorry to hear about Woodie. When you know Woodie and you work with Woodie to include 50 years, we can say Woodie was an original. We are going miss him. Troyce, you have a loving family to help you through the days ahead.

  2. I first met Woodie Coleman in the summer of 1970 when I went to work at Region 17 Education Service Center and worked very closely with him for 21 years on many programs. We traveled to many places and listened to many cassette tapes of gospel music and sermons. I remember his CB Radio but do not remember his handle. . You learn a lot about a person when you spend that much time with them but I never knew about his Lubbock baseball career. When he retired I told him “thanks for the ride”. As was said in the service today , his heart was in the right place all the time.

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