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In Memory of

Kathleen Campbell Coleman

August 22, 1917 - October 10, 2016

Obituary


Kathleen Campbell Coleman went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 10, 2016. Kathleen was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 22, 1917 to Pearle Adelaide Campbell and John Blount Dortch Campbell. She grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In 1927, her father was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for his coverage of the Great Mississippi River Flood as the editor of the local newspaper, the Clarksdale Press Register. Kathleen had five siblings, Bland Hayden, Sharon Pruitt, John Blount Dortch, Jr., Denta Lizabeth Doggett and Weltmer Bentley Campbell.

On November 21, 1937,...

Kathleen Campbell Coleman went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 10, 2016. Kathleen was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 22, 1917 to Pearle Adelaide Campbell and John Blount Dortch Campbell. She grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In 1927, her father was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for his coverage of the Great Mississippi River Flood as the editor of the local newspaper, the Clarksdale Press Register. Kathleen had five siblings, Bland Hayden, Sharon Pruitt, John Blount Dortch, Jr., Denta Lizabeth Doggett and Weltmer Bentley Campbell.

On November 21, 1937, Kathleen married Ivery Riddick Coleman to whom she remained devoted for the remaining 63 years of his life. Together they raised their three sons, Don Fredric, Michael Dortch and Kent Palmer in Blytheville, Arkansas. Kathleen and her family survived a house fire in 1965, as well as the infamous Blytheville tornado of 1950. Exhibiting the devotion to her family that characterized her, Kathleen bravely faced the storm to remove a fallen electrical wire that had flown onto the roof of their car, allowing a young Michael to move to safety. Kathleen was first and foremost a homemaker, wife and mother of three active boys. She also found time to play golf at the Blytheville Country Club, and was an active member Blytheville's Junior Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church's Women's Circle.

In their retirement years, Kathleen and her husband returned to her beloved hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi, where she continued to play golf at the Clarksdale Country Club, meet for lunch and bridge with her friends and tended to her enviable rose garden. She was also a master gardener and a member of the Clarksdale Garden Club. Kathleen delighted in hosting her family for events such as birthday celebrations, holidays and the annual Joe Weeks Four Ball Golf Tournament at Clarksdale Country Club.

In 1999, Kathleen and her husband moved to Fort Smith to be closer to their son, Dr. Michael Coleman, Sr. While in Fort Smith, she continued to regularly play bridge and participate in the Women's Circle of First United Methodist. To honor her deeply rich family heritage, Kathleen was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Kathleen will be most remembered by her family for her independent spirit, deep southern roots, amazing vitality and, most importantly, her selfless love for her family.

In her 90's, Mom Kathleen, as she was fondly called by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, was known to regularly drive her 70-year old friends to and from events. Her granddaughters remember her delicious pies with a special homemade crust that could never be replicated. Her entire family relished her tuna salad and her famous pimento cheese. She will be deeply missed by all the lives she touched.