Theodore LeRoy Coleman Jr.

Dec. 1, 1923 - Dec. 1, 2014

Theodore LeRoy Coleman Jr., 91, died on Monday, December 1, 2014, in Norfolk, where he had resided since 1959. Funeral Services will be held in the Norfolk chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 1 p.m.Thursday, December 4 with the Rev. Aaron Brittain officiating. Burial with military honors will be 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at the National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina. The family will receive friends in the funeral home 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1923, in Florence, South Carolina, son of the late Theodore LeRoy Coleman, Sr., and Crystabel Myers Coleman. After service as an airman in United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, Mr. Coleman attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Mississippi and later earned his M.Ed. from the College of William and Mary. He retired from the United States Navy in 1967 as a LCDR and Navy pilot after 26 years' service to his country. He retired from the Norfolk Public Schools in 1986 after serving as a math teacher, counselor, and principal at several Norfolk schools. He was a member of Talbot Park Baptist Church and the Silver Eagles.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Coleman Krinkel.

Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Jo Yates Coleman of Norfolk; his daughter, AliceAnne Coleman Brunn and her husband, Richard Walter Brunn, of Waco, Texas; two grandchildren, Ruth Allison Brunn Robinson and her husband, Paul Robinson, of Woodland Hills, California, and Richard Coleman Brunn and his wife, Lu Jing Brunn, of Corona, California; and four great-grandsons, Frederick, Henry and John Robinson, and Richard Louis Brunn.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23505, or online to Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia, Operation Smile, or William Jewell College.

Condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com or to the home address.

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Inc. 1501 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517

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