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In Memory of

Frances R. Coleman

October 1, 1920 - April 1, 2015

Obituary


COLUMBIA - Frances Roddey Coleman died peacefully in her home on April 1, 2015, in Columbia at the age of 94.



Frances Coleman is survived by her daughter, Marsha Jo Coleman of Chapin. Frances (aka “Granny Mae”) is also survived by her five granddaughters, Ashley Coleman McCarroll (Michael) of Amelia Island, Fla., Kristen Hutter Longa (Lefty) of Parker, Colo., Courtney Hutter Barnett (Andy) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Jennifer Nichols Kelly (Brian) of Chapin, Betsy Nichols of Chapin, and her ten great-grandchildren: Lindsay Hammer, Mallory McCarroll, Henry Longa, Sophie Longa, Bethy Kelly, Bella Kelly,...

COLUMBIA - Frances Roddey Coleman died peacefully in her home on April 1, 2015, in Columbia at the age of 94.



Frances Coleman is survived by her daughter, Marsha Jo Coleman of Chapin. Frances (aka “Granny Mae”) is also survived by her five granddaughters, Ashley Coleman McCarroll (Michael) of Amelia Island, Fla., Kristen Hutter Longa (Lefty) of Parker, Colo., Courtney Hutter Barnett (Andy) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Jennifer Nichols Kelly (Brian) of Chapin, Betsy Nichols of Chapin, and her ten great-grandchildren: Lindsay Hammer, Mallory McCarroll, Henry Longa, Sophie Longa, Bethy Kelly, Bella Kelly, Jenna Blume, Brandon Barnett (with baby brother on the way), Elsa Nichols and many loving nieces and nephews. Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joseph “J.C” Coleman, Jr.; daughter, Betty Jean Coleman; great-granddaughter, Emily Anne Blume; brother, Robert “Red” Roddey; sisters, Ruth MacDonald, Ruby Reid; and her parents, Nannie C. Smith and William Roddey.



Frances was born on October 1, 1920 in Sugar Tit, Spartanburg County to Nannie C. Smith and William Robert Roddey. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1938. She married the love of her life, Joseph “J.C.” Coleman, in 1939. She was a highly skilled Secretary and Office Manager who, in her long career, worked for several local companies and retired after working as the Legal Secretary for her husband. After retirement, she devoted her time to her husband and family. She was a dedicated and active member of Main Street United Methodist Church for over 70 years. Pawley’s Island held a special place in her heart and she would spend as much time as she could at the house on the Island where she made so many memories of vacations with the family since 1949. She was a die-hard Gamecock fan, an avid reader, an accomplished traveler, a crossword puzzle aficionado, a crocheter and crafter. Frances was a kind, friendly, funny, independent woman and an all around cool chick. We, her family, are grateful to have had her in our lives for such a long time. We can only hope to live by the amazing example she set for us. We will miss her.



All are invited to the graveside service to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Elmwood Cemetery. Rev. Joe Cal Watson and Rev. Robert Walker will officiate. Reception will follow at Middleborough Condominiums, Community Room, 1825 St. Julian Place, Columbia, S.C. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Frances’ life.



In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Special Olympics of SC, St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the charity of one’s choice.



The family would like to thank Lowman Home Heritage Rehab Center and Palmetto Health Hospice for their loving care.