Roe Ellen Coleman

March 18, 1945July 9, 2018

Roe Ellen Coleman

Pioneering prosecuting attorney, Roe Ellen Coleman, passed away Monday, July 9th. She was an advocate for women and children, particularly those with special needs. She was an inspiration to a host of professional women, and fiercely challenged gender rolls in the workplace. After retirement, she was an artist and an advocate for women’s rights and children’s wellbeing.

Born in Knoxville, TN, she attended Sequoya Elementary School ,Fairfax Hall in Virgina,, and the University of Tennessee. Earned a BA in special education from Peabody College then a Doctorate of Law from Nashville School of School in 1981 while working for Victim Witness. She was one of the first female Sr. Assistant District Attorneys in Nashville.

Preceded in death by her parents A. Roe Coleman and Adelaide Marks Coleman and brothers Johnny Coleman and Clayton (Barbara Havey) Coleman, she is survived by her children Tiffany Leek, Spencer Leek and granddaughter Isabella Roe Ellen Leek and a host of close friends.

In lieu of flower, donations can be made to Thistle Farms or Harpers Playground.


  • A. Roe Coleman and Adelaide Marks Coleman, Parents
  • Johnny Coleman, Brother
  • Clayton (Barbara Havey) Coleman, Brother
  • Tiffany Leek, Daughter
  • Spencer Leek, Son
  • Isabella Roe Ellen Leek, Granddaughter

  • Thistle Farms
  • Harpers Playground


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Roe Ellen Coleman

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Kenton & Martha Marks Page

July 14, 2018

Tiffany & Spencer we were so sorry to learn about your Mom. I have shared this sad news with Abby & Mary who live in California and Idaho. Although it has been a while since we have seen Roe Ellen we have many fond memories. She gave us one of her paintings that we have in our sun room and look at it frequently. Our son Kenton Jr sends his condolences as well. Your Mom was the only female cousin that Martha & Marilyn had, and they will certainly miss her. Our Prayers are with you.

Kenton Page
Martha Marks Page
Abby Page Tucker
Mary Page Comer
Kenton Page, Jr