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Obituary-Colonel Harold L. Coleman



 

 

Colonel Harold L. Coleman, 82, of Clemmons passed away Thursday, April 12, 2007 at his home.  He was born June 16, 1924 in Wayne County, Michigan to Venus York and Gaither Melvin Coleman. 
   Mr. Coleman graduated from Toccoa Falls High School in Georgia and attended McKenzie Business College in Chattanooga, TN.  He was a member of Fairview Moravian Church and served in the U.S. Naval Aviation in WWII where he taught as a Gun Air School Instructor and a Link Trainer. 
   Mr. Coleman was the owner and operator of the original franchise Coleman’s Take Home Kentucky Fried Chicken from 1962-1984 and the original franchise for Wendy’s, both in Forsyth County and the original franchise for H. Salt Fish & Chips.  Before his franchise, he operated Forsyth Fish Camp in Walkertown.  He was a member of Salem Lodge #289 where he was a Master Mason, a member of Oasis Temple of the Shrine- York Rite, a member of the Winston-Salem Shrine Club and an Honorable Kentucky Colonel given to him from the Governor of Kentucky, through Col. Harland Sanders. 
   Mr. Coleman was a Tennessee Squire under the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, TN.  He was owner of several World Champion Tennessee Walking Horses.  His family, work, horses and friends were his life. 
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Burris Coleman of Winston-Salem; two daughters, Debra Coleman of Clemmons and Shelbyville, TN and Dianne C. Yarbrough of Bethabara; a son, Scott Coleman and wife Jan of Little River, SC; five grandchildren, Richard and Amy Yarbrough, Crissy and Anastasia Coleman and Stephanie Wall Priddy; seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. 
   A graveside service will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons with Rev. Reddick Webber and Rev. Norwood Green officiating.  The family will receive friends 6-8 P.M. Monday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel in Advance, NC.  Memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1132, Fairfax, VA, 22038-1132 or The Shriners’ Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607-1460.    

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