Joseph Coleman, age 96, of Springfield, WV passed away on April 25, 2018 at the Hospice Unit at the VA Center in Martinsburg, WV. Born on November 16, 1921 in Midland, MD, he was the son of the late William T. and Mary Catherine (Hixenbaugh) Coleman.
Joe was the last of his siblings being preceded in death by five brothers; John Francis, William, Patrick, Michael and his twin, Raymond. Five sisters; Marie, Margaret, Eleanor, Assunta and Catherine.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Lilian “Virginia” (Hull) Coleman; a daughter, Karen S. Ramsey (husband Robert) of Dallas, GA, (2) sons; Michael J. Coleman (wife Sheri) of Springfield, WV and William H. Coleman also of Springfield. (4) grandchildren; Bailey V. Coleman, Jonathon M. Coleman, Elleigh J. Coleman and Katelyn S. Ramsey. (2) brothers-in-law; Gary Hull (wife Lana) of Hyndman, PA and David Hull of San Diego, CA. (2) sisters-in-law; Hilda Brown and Shirley Corley (husband Jerry) of Cumberland, MD. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joe was a lifelong farmer, member of the Springfield Presbyterian Church and Hampshire County and WV Farm Bureau. He was a 1942 graduate of Romney High School and was a Veteran of WWII serving in the South Pacific. He later attended Potomac State College and West Virginia University. He returned to college later in life and received his R.B.A. from WVU. He valued his education and encouraged the same for his children and grandchildren.
Always a community minded person, he was a former member of the Hampshire County Board of Education, Hampshire County Tax Payers Association, Springfield Elementary School PTA President, Springfield Presbyterian Church Elder and Springfield Ruritan. Joe worked part time for the Cumberland Stock Yards, WV Soil Conservation Service and was a substitute teacher in Mineral and Hampshire County Schools.
Friends will be received on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 2 to 4PM and 6 to 8PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney where funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:30PM with Pastor Kevin Hay officiating. Interment will follow at Springfield Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made in Joe’s name to: Hospice of The Panhandle ~ 278 N. High St. ~ Romney, WV 26757 -or- Springfield Presbyterian Church ~ PO Box 823 ~ Springfield, WV 26763 -or- Hampshire County FFA Alumni Association ~ 157 Trojan Way ~ Romney, WV 26757.
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511