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Ever Rest Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel

1783 East Keating Ave, Muskegon, MI

OBITUARY

Sammie Lee Coleman

June 22, 1930September 9, 2019

Sammie Lee Coleman was born in Benton, Louisiana on June 22, 1930 to the union of Mary and Aaron Coleman. He was the eighth of nine children. “Sam” as he was affectionately called by family and friends, departed this life on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 89 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings.

Raised on the family farm, Sam left for Shreveport, Louisiana in his late teens. There he worked at his sister’s restaurant where he undoubtedly developed cooking skills that would make family gatherings with his future family highly anticipated. Sam boarded a train for Muskegon in June of 1951 at the age of 21, with his brother Charlie and close friend Eddie Steward. They would later be joined by his close cousin Clemon Coleman.

It was in Muskegon that he met his future wife, Myrtis Lynn Butler. Together they would parent four children. Sam loved his family and was a great provider. He was hired by Teledyne Continental Motors in 1951 as a machine operator. In the 80’s and 90’s he served as a union steward. He retired from the company in 1992. He joined Queen Ester Missionary Baptist church shortly after settling in Muskegon. He faithfully attended Sunday services and served on the usher board until his health no longer permitted.

You would often find him outdoors. He loved going squirrel hunting with his brother Charlie and his cousin Clemon, as well as, gardening and keeping an immaculate yard. In his large garden he grew a variety of vegetables that were used in the amazing meals he enjoyed preparing for his family. Another of his passions was traveling. He visited many beautiful destinations and loved touring Michigan during the fall color change. Along those trips, he and Myrtis would make an occasional stop at a casino. Other favorite pass times included morning coffee with his friends at McDonalds and spending time with his three great grandsons.

Sam always greeted you with a smile and warm conversation. He had a heart of gold.

Sam leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 64 years, Myrtis: children: Sherry L. Burt of Muskegon, Kerry Coleman of Muskegon, Daryl L. Coleman (Gloria) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kimberly K. Coleman of Grand Rapids, Michigan: grandchildren: Magan Neattie Butler-Coleman of Richmond, Texas, James Lee Coleman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Natalie J-nai Coleman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Sammie Lee Butler-Coleman of Houston, Texas: great grandchildren: Christopher James Coleman and Ian Michael Albert Coleman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Luke Asher Butler-Coleman of Richmond, Texas.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 14, 2019

Memories

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Genita Brooks

September 16, 2019

FEEL,NO WAYS TIRED GOD IS WITH YOU. GONE TO SOON BUT WILL NEVER FORGET. MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU AT YOUR TIME OF NEED.

Kimberly Coleman

September 12, 2019

I didn’t know how hard it was to raise a family, work a job, maintain a home and yard, and be active in Church. You made it look so easy and you never complained (unlike me). You could do it all! You are forever my Superman!

See you when you awake!
Kim

Luke Butler-Coleman

September 12, 2019

Hi, Papa! I’ve only known you for two years, but my mom, big uncle Sammie, and grammie have told me so much about you. I loved it when you held me close, and when we sat with each other and laughed.

My mom told me that she’ll NEVER forget you waving “bye bye” to me.

I love you, Papa.

Bye bye,
Luke

Magan Butler-Coleman

September 12, 2019

We love you, Daddie (Papa)I know you’re resting well. Thank you for allowing us to spend some extra special time with you, and thank you for all of the sweet kisses. I know without a doubt that you’re doing pretty good!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY