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Juanita Seward Coleman

October 11, 1930November 16, 2020
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Juanita Seward Coleman - beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully late in the morning of Monday, November 16, 2020. She was 90 years old. Her daughters were beside her, providing love and comfort. She is survived by her brother, Robert Seward; her five children, Joy, Danny, Anne, Bob, and Frank; her five grandchildren, Claren, Louis, Shelby, Eric and Grace; and her three great-grandchildren, Sophie, Sarah, and Rucker. Juanita was born in Newport News, Virginia on October 11, 1930 to Frank Abner and Annie Irene Seward. She met her future husband, Clarence Linwood Coleman Jr. (“Linwood” or “Lin”), while they both attended Lynchburg College. Upon graduation, they married and traveled to Tennessee where Linwood attended seminary at Vanderbilt University. Juanita was a loving and devoted mother and minister’s wife as their family grew. The Colemans moved to Bon Air, Virginia in 1971, when Linwood became the minister of Bon Air Christian Church. Eventually, Juanita took a job as a kindergarten teacher at Bon Air Elementary School. She was a gifted, loving, and much-beloved figure at BAES. She touched the lives of countless students and fellow teachers, many of whom remember her fondly to this day. The family lost Linwood in December of 1999. Since that time, Juanita has been the constant and loving central pillar of the family, always there to offer comfort, humor, love, and wisdom. Juanita took tremendous joy in her entire family, a feeling that was reciprocated by all. She will always be remembered for her bright, welcoming smile that was seemingly omnipresent, her strong Christian faith, her humility and grace, and the tremendous love and joy she shared with all those with whom she came into contact. A graveside service for the immediate family will be held at Dale Memorial Park on Wednesday, November 25. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made in her name to Bon Air Christian Church or FeedMore.org. Online condolences may be made at woodyfuneralhomehuguenot.com.

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Jack D’Armond

November 24, 2020

I will miss her ever present smile.

Betty Isaacs

November 24, 2020

What fond memories I have of Mrs. Coleman! I often equated her to Mrs. Santa Claus! She was loving, caring, and always smiling! I got to know her as my son's Jr. Kindergarten teacher at Bon Air Elementary. For my quiet child, she was the perfect teacher! What a wonderful experience he had in her class.

I met Mrs. Coleman's granddaughter Claren when she attended St. Michael's Episcopal School. What a joy to have a connection once again with such a lovely family.

Please know Mrs. Coleman will always have a special place in my heart. With deepest sympathy to the family.

Betty Isaacs
St. Michael's Episcopal School

Mary Landis

November 24, 2020

Juanita was the kindest, most loved person on our kindergarten team at Bon Air Elementary. There are so many wonderful memories of that time. I will share this one. Juanita and I were the slow ones on the team and found ourselves working very late on the night before the beginning of school each year. It became a tradition for Linwood and Al to come to school with our dinners, including a candle. We would sit at one of the children's tables and enjoy a great meal together. The guys would stay to help us finish our work. One night was a particularly late one. We could not find Linwood when it was time to leave and started looking for him. He was asleep under one of the tables.

Juanita touched the lives of countless individuals and leaves a loving legacy for all of us to try to emulate.








Alma Spivey

November 24, 2020

My condolences to all of family, and as you move through the coming days find God's peace to gently guide you. It never ceased for me to find a special comfort and tranquility whenever I was around her... At this season of Thanksgiving, I am reminded that I was blessed and thankful to have called her friend. She encouraged me when I needed it and patiently listened when I needed a listening ear. She was all things to all to all people . She is in her heavenly home,but her light continues to shine in the hearts of all whose life she touched.

Chris Cleary

November 23, 2020

Juanita was a lovely, kind and generous person. As a young professional, I looked to her as a model for how to treat others- not just students but adults, too. I will always cherish our heartfelt conversations and fun experiences at BAES. She was an amazing teacher!
Chris Cleary

Jean Dowdy

November 23, 2020

To the Coleman Family,
Juanita was a wonderful, loving, gentle and compassionate soul.
Juanita had a beautiful smile and warm greeting to everyone that she met. She always made you feel so cherished and was so happy to see you. She was a "beacon of light" at Bon Air Christian Church and she will be sorely missed by all.
Juanita loved Chesterfield Heights, her last earthly home, and was happy there. She is now occupying a special place in Heaven!
Jean Dowdy, Member at BACC

Karen Parrish

November 22, 2020

Dear Colemans ... Wilton and I send our love to all of you at this time. Our mothers were such special friends to one another. We have so many fond memories of the times the Morrisons and the Colemans enjoyed one another's company. My wedding shower hosted by your mother in 1976 is still vivid in my memory. Your mother's gentle spirit, her sweet spirit, her tenderness and ready smile with joyful laughter .... she was a treasure to all who knew her and will be treasured in memories of such special times together. Our hearts feel your loss and pray God's comfort abound to each of you. Karen and Wilton Parrish

Claire Deitch

November 21, 2020

Her smile lit up a room.
Her kind words warmed the heart.
Her gentle love uplifted my spirit even on troubled days.
A friend to me, my mother and countless others,
my world was a better place because she was a part of it.
I feel so blessed to know that I will see her again,
her signature smile now illuminates heaven.

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