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Full Text of HR1012  99th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Pastor
4J.C. Coleman, Jr., who passed away on February 1, 2016 at the
5age of 70; and
6    WHEREAS, Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. was born on September 25,
71945 in Catron, Missouri; his parents were J.C. Coleman, Sr.
8and Eupha Lee Branch Coleman; he moved to North Chicago with
9his parents at a very early age; he remained there through high
10school, where he played football and was a State champion
11wrestler; and
12    WHEREAS, After graduating from high school, Pastor J.C.
13Coleman, Jr. immediately enlisted in the United States Army
14during the Vietnam era; he was honorably discharged in 1967;
16    WHEREAS, After his military service, Pastor J.C. Coleman,
17Jr. served Mt. Sinai Baptist Church faithfully as a Sunday
18school teacher for several years; he later moved his membership
19to Antioch Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend
20Perry, where he was ordained as a Deacon and later accepted his
21call into the ministry; he subsequently attended McKinley
22Theological Seminary, where he earned an associate's degree;



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2    WHEREAS, Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. was a faithful member of
3the New Era District for many years, serving as Secretary to 4
4Moderators, including Reverend Blackwell, Reverend Lightfoot,
5and currently Pastor Roberson; in 2006, he was called to serve
6as Pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Waukegan,
7where he served faithfully until his passing; and
8    WHEREAS, Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. was an avid sportsman; he
9continued playing football in the Army and on 2
10semi-professional teams, the Lake County Rifles and the Racine
11Raiders; he also spent many years as a referee on the high
12school level; and
13    WHEREAS, Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. loved his community and
14was a community activist who never hesitated to speak up for
15what he believed was right for the community; he supported and
16remained active in his community, coaching football for Holy
17Family School, helping to organize and coach the Flames for the
18North Chicago Park District, and helping to coach football and
19wrestling at North Chicago High School; he also organized and
20coached track and field for the Park District and served for
21one year as an assistant coach for the St. Joseph High School
22of Kenosha Track and Field team, where he led the girls team to
23victory at the Wisconsin state track meet for the first time in



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1the school's history; and
2    WHEREAS, Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. was a Boy Scout leader
3for several years; he enjoyed teaching and working with young
4people, fishing, hunting, and gardening; and
5    WHEREAS, Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. was preceded in death by
6his parents; and
7    WHEREAS, Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. is survived by his
8devoted wife, Inette Coleman, whom he married on August 12,
91967; his sons, Jarrod (Joyce) Coleman, Courtney (Abby) Johns,
10Ryan Eatmon, and Javontay Connor; his daughters, Cydney (Eric)
11Matthews, Pamela (Trevor) Daly, Kristal (Robert) Cross, and
12Kathy (Nathaniel) Hall; his grandchildren, Patrick, Jarrod,
13Jonathan, Pierce, and Joyce Coleman, Brianna, Amber, and Erica
14Mathews, Leila Eatmon, Nicholas and Madisen Daly, and Kennedy
15Elise Hall; his brothers, Michael (Margaret) Coleman, Willie
16(Melinda) Coleman, Dennis (Cheryl) Coleman, and Gerald
17(Cheryl) Coleman; his sisters, Pauline (Joe) Flowers and Betty
18Dean Jones; and his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other
19relatives, and friends; therefore, be it
22we, along with his family and friends, mourn the passing of



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1Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr.; and be it further
2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of Pastor J.C. Coleman, Jr. as an
4expression of our sympathy.