MYRTLE BEACH—Thomas S. Coleman, 71, passed away peacefully Jan, 21 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Thomas was born on May 10 in Middletown, New York, son of the late Thomas R. Coleman and Gladys Florence Stedner.

Thomas proudly served his country during the Vietnam War from 1967 -1969 in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Washington, DC, where he worked Pres. Eisenhower’s funeral and Pres. Nixon’s inauguration.

Thomas was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, loyal friend and a selfless mentor.

He was a master electrician and considered by family as “Johnny on the Spot,” 

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Debbie; daughters Karen Hite of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Melissa Boyd (Shane) of Myrtle Beach, Kathy Coleman (Troy Wingard) of Sterling, Virginia, and Lola Michele Coleman (Scott Smallin) of Conway; grandchildren Aspen and Matthew Boyd of Myrtle Beach and Joshua and Aaron Hite of Altoona Pennsylvania; sisters Marilyn Waizenegger (Sam) of Pinebush, New York, Michele Tobin (Keith Degennaro) of Middletown, New York, and Mary Jo Coleman-Ihne (Will) of Pine Bush, New York, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brother William Coleman.

A memorial service was held Jan. 26 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, with the Rev. Emily Kirby officiating.

The family has requested that donations be made to Parkinson’s Foundation at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Agape Hospice and to his personal caregiver Meeka for the wonderful care they provided. 

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

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