John Louis Coleman

February 11, 1934December 3, 2012

John Louis Coleman, 78, of St. Louis passed away peacefully on Monday, December 3, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Roma (nee Alderson) Coleman; children, Raymond of St. Louis, the late John Michael (survived by Sarah) of Florissant, MO, and Esther (Terry) McDowell of St. Louis; grandchildren, Eric Coleman, Christopher Coleman, Valerie Coleman, Brendan Coleman, Adam Coleman, Julie (Ben) Droney, Keith McDowell, Martin McDowell, Curtis McDowell, TJ (Larissa) McDowell; great grandchildren, Estelle and Vivian McDowell, Tyler and Emilie Brower, and Faith and Jonah Coleman; and siblings, the late Jamie Copes, the late Leotis Coleman, the late Mabel Fuller, Myrtle Patrick, James Robert Coleman, Jr., the late C.W. Coleman, Bertha Slayter, Polly Taylor, Nolan Coleman and Leo Coleman.

John served the St. Louis community as pastor at Calvary Cross Missionary Baptist Church for 38 years. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

Services: Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 9-10 a.m. at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home, 1081 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO 63101, with a service at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirkwood, MO. Expressions of condolence are appreciated at



  • Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2012


  • Interment

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Curtis McDowell

January 7, 2013

Papa, singing at you're funeral was one of the hardest things i have ever done. You would think that the many years of singing experience and training would help me. Because the idea of one of my best friends being gone was to much to bear. I know you wouldn't want me to be upset so let's just think of the tears at your funeral as tears of joy that you are at home,safe, it still is hard for me but i'll make it through,I mean look at what I've been through this year. Seeing how many people you have touched in spirit and have changed their lives, that has/is going to change mine. Carrying you to your resting place was tough but we both made it. I know you will keep watch over us and still spread your helpful,loving,kind,funny words to keep others in joy. The only reason i know that is because you are doing that through me. I'm so glad you aren't in pain anymore, seeing you in pain made me feel the pain, Ha by now i'm sure you're doing "cartwheels in the alley" in heaven. Well i always love you and will always miss you. I will see you later. R.I.P From your loving Grandson.

December 10, 2012

Robbie, Tim, Deborah & Dennis, Richard, and Debbie, we truly appreciate your thoughts and prayers, especially during this time. May God bless you in return...

December 6, 2012

Rest in peace John and prayers to the Coleman family.
Deborah and Dennis DeRousse, Houston, Tx

Robbie Carter

December 5, 2012

Uncle J. L. You will be missed. You were a soft spoken man of God who will be missed by many friends, family, and loved ones across the nation. Many condolences to your family and church during this difficult time.

Tim Arnold

December 5, 2012

I met J.L. back when I was a teenager living in Lexington, Ky. My dad was a preacher, and so was J.L.We would go to fellowship meetings in various states. I moved to Louisiana in 1973, and started dating a young lady. During our courtship I found out J.L was my future mother in laws brother. I thought what a small world. I ended up marrying this young lady so J.L Coleman became Uncle J.L. Such a sweet natured godly man. I have had the pleasure of being able to attend the Coleman reunion most every year since 1974. Uncle J.L would try to attend every year driving from Saint Louis to Louisiana to be with his family.We would have the reunion the last Sunday in May, and he usually was later than everyone else, as he always tried to make it to church.
My Prayers are with his wife Aunt Roma, Son Raymond, and daughter Ester along with the rest of his family and loved ones. May God's grace abound in these sad days of saying good-bye to his earthly body, but rejoicing in the great hope that we have thru Jesus Christ.

Tim Arnold

Deborah Green

December 5, 2012

Uncle J.L. you were a gem. I will miss that wonderful smile and the hug that I always got at the Alderson reunion. I know that heaven has received a beautiful angel and yesterday there began an Alderson reunion in heaven. One day I will join you as will others and what a day that will be. Love you

Richard Borden

December 4, 2012

The Coleman family have been my friends since 1974, shortly after they moved to St. Louis from Indianapolis. I attended Calvary Cross Baptist Church when I could not get to Victory Baptist Church. Bro. Coleman became a close friend. It began as Bible discussions, as I knew I was going to be a preacher. Soon the children Esther, Raymond, and Mike became close friends. I later graduated with Esther and Raymond in 1975. Mike and I spent a lot of time together doing all sorts of things. I will never forget how John helped me as a new Christian, (had been saved for 2 years). But also how this family have been true friends over the years. John, you will be missed but I am looking forward to seeing you in Heaven some day. May the Lord truly bless the Coleman family with His riches and His Grace during this time of loss.
Rev. Richard Borden
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
Bloomington,IN 47401