Albert Al Franklin Coleman III
May 13, 1961 – July 23, 2018
Albert Franklin Coleman, III, known as Al, passed on the afternoon of Monday, July 23, 2018, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Born on May 13, 1961, in Statesboro, GA, Al was the son of Martha Sue Parrish Coleman and Franklin Coleman. He excelled in school, graduating as Valedictorian of the class of ’79 at Portal High School. He attended Georgia Southern University and graduated in 1985 with his Bachelors of Business Administration – Marketing. Al lived life with everything he had. A gifted singer and songwriter who always loved music, Al moved to Nashville, TN, after graduating from college. He spent years as a soloist and active member of Christ Church Choir, and he enjoyed taking part in numerous musical opportunities and recording sessions over the years. Ultimately, Al found his calling as a tour guide. He led student groups all over Washington, DC, New York City, and other areas of the country. Al’s charm, humor, exuberant personality, attention to detail, and his dedication to his craft made him a highly requested tour guide. He touched and inspired so many people, both on tour and at home. Al was predeceased by his parents, Martha Sue Parrish Coleman and Albert Franklin Coleman, Jr., his brother, Michael Rupert Coleman, his Aunt Linda Fay Parrish Hunnicutt, his Aunt Joan Coleman Brinson and Uncle Bob Brinson, his maternal grandparents, Rupert and Rachel Wilson Parrish, his paternal grandparents, Albert and Madge Zeigler Coleman, and other beloved family members. Al will forever be lovingly remembered by his sister, Melissa Coleman (Desmond Bailey), cousins Pam and Jeff Spence and family, cousins Julie and Tracy Mixon and family, and other cousins and family members, along with countless friends and loved ones. Al Coleman was and will always be an inspiration. He had health challenges that could overwhelm most people, but he looked those challenges in the eye and smiled – and he never let them dim his spirit or his zest for life. His smile and positive attitude could light up a room. He lived his life with a sense of adventure. Al was a dreamer, a singer, a prolific writer, and an avid sports fan – particularly of the Georgia Southern Eagles, Georgia Bulldogs, and Portal Panthers (in no particular order). He enjoyed a good meal – home cooking and dining out, and Al loved watching movies. He never met a stranger, and he knew how to make you laugh with his witty humor. Al deeply loved his family and friends and would do anything for them. Al’s passing leaves a tremendous void, but we take comfort in imagining the celebration taking place in Heaven. His journey has not ended. Rather, his path has just parted from ours for now. In Al’s words: When you think of Al Coleman, please allow a smile to form, because that’s how he lived life … with a constant smile. A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday evening 5-7 p.m. at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Hodges-Moore Funeral Home with Reverends Tom Osbourne and Scott Smith officiating. Burial will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens. Please visit our online memorial at WWW.hodgesmoore.com to sign the guestbook and share fond memories with the Coleman Family. Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
- Melissa Coleman (Desmond Bailey), Sister
- Pam and Jeff Spence and Family, Cousin
- Julie and Tracy Mixon and Family, Cousin
- Albert Franklin Coleman, Jr., Father
- Martha Sue Parrish Coleman, Mother
- Michael Rupert Coleman, Brother
- Linda Fay Parrish Hunnicutt, Aunt
- Joan Coleman Brinson, Aunt
- Bob Brinson, Uncle
- Rupert and Rachel Wilson Parrish, Maternal Grandparents
- Albert and Madge Zeigler Coleman, Paternal Grandparents
- Al leaves many other cousins and family members, as well as, countless friends and loved ones to cherish his memory.
- A Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, July 28, 2018
- Funeral Service Sunday, July 29, 2018
- Burial Sunday, July 29, 2018
Albert Al Franklin Coleman III
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August 7, 2018
Al was an outstanding man and an excellent guide. Although I never met him in person, he worked for me doing tours of Washington, DC for my many clients. He was knowledgeable, professional and always kind-hearted and upbeat. He brought smiles to every person he interacted with and clients, particularly children, loved him.
He will be deeply missed by all.
Rest in peace Al, we will always remember you.
July 28, 2018
I'll never forget Al always made me and others feel welcomed durine our college days. He had a carefree way, but always made you feel like you counted. I saw Jesus in Al. Prayers for you during this time of mourning.
July 27, 2018
To Al's family, he will be greatly missed, thanks for all the great times that we have shared by motor coach.
July 26, 2018
Al and I met in the 5th grade we became instant friends because he was everyone’s friend. I never saw him treat anyone poorly he was one of the most genuine people I have ever known. It’s a blessing to know this great man I will never forget his “corner jump shot”
Panther and Friends forever !!!