Reverend Lyle E. Coleman
The Reverend Lyle E. Coleman, 89, of Linn, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Sassmann’s Chapel in Belle, with visitation at 12:30 p.m. until the time of services, with the Rev. Phil Rector officiating. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Miami Cemetery in Miami, with Paster Mike Parris officiating. Memorials are suggested to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.
Born July 26, 1927, in Miami, he was the son of the late Roland Samuel Coleman and Mary (Colyer) Coleman. He married Georgia R. Ford, May 13, 1948, in Marshall, and she survives of the home in Linn. Lyle was called to the ministry and licensed by the First Baptist Church in Slater, in 1959, and ordained in 1960 by the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Holts Summit. He attended Missouri Baptist College, Hannibal LaGrange Campus and Lincoln University. For 58 years, Lyle was committed to teaching, preaching, counseling, missions and ministry in the Southern Baptist Convention. At the time of his death, he was still the pastor at College Hill Baptist Church in Bland. Lyle had a special love and devotion for the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and served on their board for many years.
Lyle will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife of 69 years, Georgia, and his children, Robert “Bob” Coleman of Jefferson City and Lyla Coleman of Linn. He will be forever loved and remembered by daughters-in-law, Kathy Coleman of Springfield and Darlene Behlmann of Fulton and four grandchildren, Camille Villalobos, Bill (Jennifer) Coleman, McKenzie (Charley) Spencer and Matthew Coleman. Lyle leaves a legacy of 10 great grandchildren who are fortunate to have fond memories of their Great Grandpa. Lyle has numerous nieces and nephews, and has officiated many wedding ceremonies in the family over the years. They all loved their Uncle Lyle. He also leaves behind extended family, a host of friends and those church members who called him their preacher and bear special love and gratitude to him.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth “Ken” Coleman; four brothers; and five sisters.