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Herbert Gary Coleman

Herbert Gary Coleman

September 29, 1939 - August 27, 2020     Age: 80

Herbert Gary Coleman, age 80 went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

He was born in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Herbert Ambrose Coleman and Mildred Cornelia Joyner Coleman.

Gary, as he was known by all, worked for the railroad for 46 years. He was hired by Seaboard Railroad in 1957 and finished his career with Amtrak until his retirement in 2003.

Gary loved serving and worshiping his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He also enjoyed traveling, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family.

He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Iris Elaine Higginbotham Coleman; his daughter, Kimberly Shumate (Robby); his son, David Coleman (Donna); granddaughter, Allison Coleman; grandsons, Mark Shumate, Jonathan Coleman and Thomas Shumate; his brother, James M. Coleman, Sr. (Kay); his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Betty Jo Higginbotham, Paul and Sandra Higginbotham, Ginger Higginbotham and Aleta Plank. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Blackrock Baptist Church.

His family will receive friends from 3:00 pm until the hour of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name to Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257 or Blackrock Church Building Fund, 96362 Blackrock Road, Yulee, Florida 32097

5 Condolences

  • Sheryl Harper Posted August 28, 2020 2:42 pm

    Mrs. Iris, I am so sad Bro. Gary went to be With Jesus. I know he will be missed.it is our loss but heaven’s gain. Prayers coming your way.

  • Jerry Markham Posted August 31, 2020 10:51 pm

    I worked with Gary at Baldwin for several years. He was a great guy, a very good engineer. Praying for comfort and peace for his family.

  • Tim Jubito Posted September 1, 2020 4:34 pm

    Prayers for the whole family

  • Brian Baggs Posted September 7, 2020 6:39 pm

    Gary was a really great guy! It was truly a pleasure and honor to have crossed paths with him and his wife Iris. My deepest sympathy to Iris and family.

  • Alice and Joel Payne Posted September 8, 2020 2:55 pm

    IIris, we just learned about Gary’s death through a mutual friend, Ann Mayne, and are so sorry for your loss. We have such fond memories of you and Gary and our relationship with a certain church. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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