Leonard Coleman, age 87 years old, of Harrisburg, NC, passed away on January 23, 2024.
Leonard was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 16, 1936 to the late Wallace Peter Coleman and Carrie Bell Coleman.
Along with his parents, Leonard is preceded in death by his brother Lander Coleman, Sister Sylvia Harden and (deceased brother-in-law Barry Harden), sister Cynthia Coleman, deceased sons-in-law Donald Robinson and Napolean Williams Sr, and deceased brother-in-law Fred Gross.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Alice Coleman, daughters Iris Robinson, Lisa Williams, Oriana Irisha Johnson and her husband Brandon Johnson, his son Glenard Coleman, his step daughter Michelle Kildea and her husband Tim Kildea, his step daughter Gina McRae, his sisters Lillie Gross, Brenda Joyce Evans, Lorraine Coleman, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lenny attended Cleveland Trade school. He later entered the Air Force where he became a machinist, repairing jet engines while stationed in Colorado. After discharge he stayed in Colorado for a while and started his family from his first union. Later he moved to New Jersey and opened a restaurant in his neighborhood, and then later returned to Colorado.
While visiting in NJ, Lenny met and later married Shirley. Together, Lenny and Shirley faithfully served Jehovah in Colorado, as well as Pennsylvania, and North Carolina until his passing.
Lenny was very much devoted to his God Jehovah. Over the years, he served as an elder in his congregations, during which time he gave many heartfelt talks and prayers from the platform.
He was a regular pioneer, participating in the ministry that he loved and was a Service Overseer for many years. In his later years, he helped in whatever capacity he could in preparing the stage and so forth for Circuit Assemblies of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He also helped and encouraged many people learn about Jehovah from a study of the bible.
Lenny never met a stranger and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a very kind person and people often remarked on how they enjoyed being around him and share a laugh with him.
However, most importantly, Lenny was always ready to talk about the God that he served. He never left the house without some literature that he could share with others. He always quoted the bible and had so many memorable sayings of wise counsel. Lenny will always be remembered for how he loved his God Jehovah, his beautiful wife Shirley, his family, friends and his congregation. He will be sorely missed by all.