Alfred "Crick" Bentley Coleman

June 23, 1929March 22, 2014
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Alfred “Crick” Bentley Coleman, 84, of Madison Heights, passed away, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Rebecca Hurt Coleman. Born June 23, 1929, in Monroe, he was the son of the late Wiley Newton and Ola Wingfield Coleman.

Alfred was a real estate broker, auctioneer, appraiser and president of ABC Realty Inc. and a founder and charter member of West View Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge #73 in Amherst, Amherst/Monroe Ruritan Club, Amherst Chapter #115, OES, Fairview Rebekah Lodge #52, the former T. Wiley Davis Lodge Odd Fellows Lodge No.1 of Madison Heights, and he was 32nd degree Scottish Rite member. Alfred also served our country in the US Army during the Korean War with the 474th SIGNAL Aviation Construction Company. Alfred’s special qualities were a thirst for knowledge, charisma, generosity and a sense of humor. He also loved trains; he never met a stranger, and he loved his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Alfred was preceded in death by his infant son, Alfred B. Coleman, Jr.; and six siblings, James, Newton, Virgil, Curtis, Willie and Elizabeth C. Brizendine.

In addition to his wife, Alfred is survived by his daughters, Susan Bentley Coleman of Forest and Belva Coleman Short and her husband Darryl of Madison Heights; five grandchildren, John Thomas Bentley Tucker and his wife Christie of Appomattox, Matthew Doss Wooldridge of Roanoke, Adam Jared Wooldridge of Lynchburg, Cody Davidson Short of Madison Heights and Amber Marie Short of Charlottesville; one brother, Thomas E. Coleman and his wife Joyce of Madison Heights; one sister, Christine C. Hutchison of Greensboro, NC; sister-in-law, Margie C. Coleman of Monroe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service with Masonic Rites will be conducted, 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. D. Jack Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow at Amherst Cemetery, where Military Honors will be presented by the American Legion Post 16.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014 and at other times at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 25, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Alfred "Crick" Bentley Coleman

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Cheryl Garth Cooke

April 8, 2014

Becky - I'm so sorry to see that Crick passed away. Praying that you are able to find comfort. I know Crick will be greatly missed.

John & Evangeline Anderson

March 30, 2014

Mrs. Coleman & family,
we are so sorry to hear of Mr. Coleman's passing. He will be missed as a favorite customer at Anderson's Country Market. Our prayers will continue for your family that God will give you added strength. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

March 27, 2014

Dear Susan,

I used to sing in the West View choir with your dad back when you and I were teenagers. He was a wonderful man and a great influence on my life.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

Harry Sadler
Indian Land, SC

March 24, 2014

Dear Becky, He didn't really leave you, he went to answer "His mail Call." Always keep your Faith and Trust in the Heavenly Father.

In Christ Love,
James and Wynell Perdue

Nancy Baldwin-Harkness

March 24, 2014

Dear Becky, I'm so sorry to see that Crick has passed away. I know that our Lord will provide you with comfort during this sad time.

March 23, 2014

Dear Rebecca and Family,
We are continually praying for you at this time of loss.
May God bless.
Debbie and Rick Bowe