ROCKDALE, Texas — Mary Frances “Frankie” Coleman, formerly of Johnson City, Tennessee, peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Rockdale, Texas, after losing her lengthy battle with cancer.
She entered into this life on April 6, 1946, as the daughter of the late Oscar Blalock and Willie Thelma Fields.
She graduated from Langston High School in 1964 with academic honors and received an award of special recognition for academic achievement by her classmates. She continued her education at Tri-Cities Technical and Vocational School.
“Frankie” was employed by Sperry Univac for several years before transferring to Lockheed Aviation in Atlanta, Georgia. Later she moved to California as an employee of Northrop Grumman, where she was a member of the construction team who built the first B-2 Stealth bomber.
Her hobbies included traveling, sewing, working “word search” and puzzles. Her greatest passion in life was her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Michael A. Fields; and her former husband and father of her children, Hubert M. Coleman.
“Frankie” leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Marshalle L. Coleman and Ronzella R. Loftly (Charles), and one son, Brendan D. Coleman (Felicia), all of Johnson City; six grandchildren, Scottie D. Coleman, Michael Bryson Bowling, Julius M. Bowling, Jannelle S. Bowling, Kameshia A. Coleman, Brendan M. Coleman; and one great-grandchild, Zaylah K. Bowling, all of Johnson City; four sisters, Wilma K. Love (Charles), Janice E. Spurgeon (Billy), Renee S. Robinson (Fred), and Pamela D. McKinney (Robert); two brothers, Russell C. Fields (Bonita), Frederick D. Fields (Jackie); and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held at Rising Star Baptist Church, Rockdale, Texas, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, with interment following.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Temple Church at Carver Recreation Center at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011, with Pastor Mark Redd, presiding.
Friends will be received at the home of Brendan D. Coleman, 1003 Tulip St., Johnson City, upon the family’s return from Texas on Friday, July 8, 2011.
Birchette Mortuary, (423) 926-6013