Obituary: John Lamar Coleman, 80, Dublin, Ga.
John Lamar Coleman, 80, of Dublin, Georgia, passed away on Friday August 5, 2022 while surrounded by his family.
He was the first of five children and a graduate of the class of 1960 from Dublin High School. He was a former employee of JP Stevens and Warner Robins Air Force Base. He retired from Veterans Administration Hospital in Dublin, Georgia as a maintenance supervisor. He always said the government was kind to a poor boy from South Georgia.
Uncle Sam recruited him in 1964. After basic training at Fort Stewart, Georgia, he received military police training at Fort Riley, Kansas, then served in Vietnam where he forged friendships for life in the Big Red One Division of the Army Infantry.
In 1966 he was honorably discharged from active duty and served in the Army Reserves for two years. After returning from Vietnam, he married Gloria Belle, fathering three children.
His hobbies included driving the unpaved back roads of Georgia, fishing the Oconee River with friends, and endless driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of old steam trains and wrecked tractors, the all under the moniker “Wild Goose Enterprises.” During these adventures, he could be identified by his signature red suspenders and camouflage fedora.
But his favorite hobby by far was amateur radio. He received his amateur radio license in 1974 and remained active until the very end in several “networks” each weekday under his call sign WA4FRI. He rarely failed to check in on the Georgia Training Net, a gathering of slower speed hams using Morse code.
He enjoyed attending hamfests and Field Days until his health began to decline. He was proud that he could still send and copy Morse code. John’s greatest accomplishment as a ham was establishing the Sunday night Peach State Intertie Christian VHF Net with his wife Gloria, KK4GSX. They hosted the net for 11 years, only missing eight net sessions during that time.
He was predeceased by his parents, Byron Coleman and Marie Estes Coleman; his grandparents, James Lamar and Omie Coleman, and Cornwell and Winnie Estes; and two brothers, Tennyson Coleman and Thomas Coleman.
Survivors who will continue and expand the legend include his 56-year-old wife, Gloria Belle Coleman; two daughters, Wende C (Gene) Tolbert and Gena C (Travis) Spivey, both of Dublin, Ga.; one son, Christopher (Tamara) Coleman of Long Beach, California; four grandchildren, Jessica T (Thomas) Tanner of Algona, Iowa, Nicole Tolbert and Samantha Spivey, both of Dublin, Georgia, and Alexander Coleman of Long Beach, California; one sister, Jean Coleman; one brother, William (Lane) Coleman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as ham radio and army buddies.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Townsend Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Dublin, Georgia, with Reverend David Pohto and Reverend Phil West officiating. Burial takes place in the Dublin Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at the funeral home.
The pallbearers are Jason Coleman, Allen Coleman, Ashley Miller Sr., Lamar Mercer, Larry Wimberly and Jeff Hall. The honorary bearers are John Hamilton, Mack Bentley, Sam Rawlins and Ronald King.
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Townsend Brothers Funeral Home in Dublin, Georgia is making arrangements.