William Eugene “Bill” Coleman, age 85, formerly of Romney, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Newark, Ohio.
Born June 5, 1933 in Springfield, WV, he was the son of the late William H. and Mary Virginia (Hott) Coleman.
Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Jean Coleman. His son; Perry D. Coleman and wife Cheryl of Nashville, TN. His daughter; Rhonda J. Forrestal and husband Chris of Norwich, OH. His two grandsons; Shane M. Forrestal and fiancé Ashley Rinker of Gahanna, OH, and Coleman E. Forrestal and wife Kelsey also of Gahanna, OH. His two great grandchildren; Emma and Owen Forrestal. Bill is also survived by his three brothers; Mike Coleman and wife Frances of Shanks, WV, Richard Coleman and wife Patsy of Columbia, TN, and Francis Coleman and wife Leona of Roanoke, WV. As well as numerous cousins and other family members throughout MD, WV, and VA.
Bill grew up on the Coleman Farm along the South Branch of The Potomac and graduated with the class of 1951 from Romney High School. He continued his education attending Potomac State College and the Ben Franklin School of Accounting in Washington, DC. Bill served his country as a Morse Code Operator in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He and Barbara Jean Parry married on March 12, 1955 and soon started their family and life together in the Washington metro area. Bill worked for the American Security Bank as a Trust Officer and retired back to West Virginia after 25 years of service. Back in West Virginia, his second career was that of the Deputy Assessor for Hampshire County from which he also retired.
Bill’s interests were many and varied. He loved and took pride in his yard and beautiful flowers. He had a special affection for zinnias and took much pleasure from others enjoying their beauty. If you knew where to look, there would always be a tomato plant or two snuck in with the flowers. Bill was an avid fisherman and hunter and was a devoted fan of the Washington Redskins and WV Mountaineers. He was a member of the Romney First United Methodist Church. His quiet, gentle ways somewhat belied his kind, generous and giving personality. Most will remember you seldom saw Bill without Jean, and they could be counted on to be in attendance and supporting fund raisers, dinners, and events that helped make Hampshire County, and those in it, a little better.
Friends will be received on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Romney First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Roy Knight and Pastor Mark James officiating. Interment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery, Romney.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Romney Food Pantry, 49 N. High St., Romney, WV 26757
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511