Fallen Hero: SFC Toy Coleman (Ret)


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Houston Funeral Home


1-2 pm, Sunday, July 223, 2023, McCondy Methodist Church


2 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2023, McCondy Methodist Church


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on Jul 21, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SFC Toy Coleman (Ret), age 85, who had served as a member of the MS Army National Guard within the 223rd Engineer Battalion and had worked full-time at OMS 14 and CSMS McCain, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

Toy Coleman, Jr. age 85, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on July 21, 2023 at his daughter’s home in Amory, MS. Toy was born on March 20, 1938 to Toy D. Coleman and Lula Mae Coleman. He was a longtime member and trustee of McCondy Methodist Church. Toy worked full time for the National Guard and once retired began working at the Chickasaw County bus shop and their transportation supervisor.

A Funeral Service will be held, 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 23, 2023 at McCondy Methodist Church with Brother Kevin Linley and Bro Steve Lampkin officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 until time of service the same day. Burial will follow at Mixon Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is honored to serve the Coleman Family.

Toy is survived by his wife, Charlene Coleman of Prairie, MS; his daughters, Karen (Larry) Dodson of Amory, MS, Amy (Allan) Fowler of Trebloc, MS, Shonda Kendall of Cascilla, MS; his sons, Toy Franklin Coleman of Ocean Springs, MS, Gregg Coleman of Houston, MS, Robin Birmingham of Houston, MS; his sister, Ruby King of Houston, MS, nine Grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and four Great-Great-Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Toy and Lula Coleman; his brothers, John Reed Coleman, Wayne Coleman, and four sisters, Betty Sanders, Emma Jean Kennedy, Ruth Criddle and Thelma Allan.