Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted"
The man that we love, Mr. Robert Earl Coleman, was born in Meridian, Mississippi to the late Alice Rose and Charles Edward Triplett.
Robert grew up in E-4 Frank Berry Courts, in Meridian. He pursued his formal education in Mississippi and Alabama District Schools and attended his parent's family church, Saint James A.M.E. He and his brothers moved to Coatopa, Alabama in 1965 and lived with a close family friend, Rayfield Bates.
Upon moving to Boston, Mass., he began working at Chamberlain Junior College. It was during this time he met his forever love, a sweet Alabama girl named Lillie, whom he married on April 17, 1968. The old saying, "opposites attract" could never have been truer. Yet, it was through their love for each other and their commitment to their marital vows that God granted them to enjoy 52 years of marriage.
On August 5, 1968, he began working at what is now Exxon Mobil in Everett, Massachusetts as a diesel mechanic. During this time, he made life-long friends: William McCauley, Admire Gibbs, Cedric White, Ridley Harding, Mel States, Jimmy Culbreagh, Tony Ciulla, Gail Prezio, Mike Graham, Mickey Kellum
Robert filled his free time riding motorcycles, especially his Harley Davidson. He was a member of the Golden Eagles Motorcycle Club. He was also actively involved with the Sumpter County Alabama Club as Treasurer over the years.
Retiring in 2005 from Exxon Mobil, he and his wife relocated to Louisville, Alabama and completed their dream of building a home for their growing family to enjoy. He loved family gatherings, working on their farm and being involved in their life's activities at Clio First Missionary Baptist Church until his sudden passing.
Robert would not want us to be sad. He would want us to be thankful of our times and memories together.
He leaves to cherish his life: Lillie, his loving wife; daughters: Melissa (Romere) Antoine of Dorchester, Ma; Angela Coleman of Hyde Park, Ma; and Cynthia Coleman of Brockton, Ma. Grandchildren: Dominique Antoine, KaRon Coleman and Marc Romain and Great Grandson; Kayson Coleman. Sister; Charlene Lewis of Meridian MS, Brothers; Eric (Carol) Triplett of Miramar, FL; Billy (Patricia) Coleman of Amherst, Ma; Charles Triplett Jr. of Meridian, MS and Bruce (Freda) Triplett (preceded him in death). Two Brothers-in-Law, Willie A. Sims and James Edward Sims (both who preceded him in death) and Sister-in-Law; Mary (Thomas) Faulk of Louisville, AL and a forever friend, Jeanette Atterberry.
Aunts: Eileen Lord, Nellie Lord, Gracie Smith and Dianne Evans of Meridian, MS and adopted daughter Corliss (Naca) Atterberry of Oakland CA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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