William E. Coleman, M.D., 90

by | April 5, 2017 9:11 am

   Funeral services for William E. Coleman, M.D., 90, of Hawkinsville will be held Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Hawkinsville First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. Paula Lewis and Rev. Dr. Gary Abbott officiating. Burial will be at Orange Hill Cemetery. He died Monday, April 3, 2017 at Southern Pines Retirement Villa in Hawkinsville.

   Dr. William E. Coleman was born in Graymont on April 23, 1926 to Willie O. Coleman and Jottye Rountree Coleman. He attended Emanuel County Institute, and he graduated from North Georgia College in Dahlonega and entered military service in 1944. He served in the infantry and signal corps in World War II in the United States and in Japan, where he was assigned to the signal center of General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo.

   On discharge from the Army, Coleman entered the University of Georgia and then went to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He graduated from the medical college in 1951 with his M.D. degree. He did his internship and residency at Macon Hospital in Macon, where he met and married his wife, Nancy. In 1953, the couple moved to Hawkinsville, where he practiced medicine privately for the next 40 years. He retired from active practice in 1993.

   Coleman was a member of the AKK medical fraternity, the AOA Honor Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Practice. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, and he was a charter member of the American Board of Family Practice. Coleman was a part of the Taylor Regional Hospital staff. Specifically, he was the former chief of staff. He was also a member and former chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Health, and he was the medical examiner of Pulaski County. Additionally, Coleman was the medical director of Pinewood Manor Nursing Home. He was on the Regional Board for Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse (former chairman), as well as the board of trustees of Taylor Regional Hospital. He also served on the Hawkinsville Pulaski Arts Council, having held the capacity of president, and the Hawkinsville Historic Preservation Commission.

   Survivors include his son, William Edwin Coleman Jr., M.D.; daughter, Candee Coleman Wilson; daughter-in-law, Diane Floyd Coleman; son-in-law, Steve E. Wilson; and grandchildren, Libby Coleman, James Wilson, and Wil (Keelah) Wilson.

   Clark Funeral Home of Hawkinsville is in charge of arrangements.

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