Barbara B. Coleman
Barbara “Babs” Blakely Coleman, 76, of Southern Pines, formerly of Wilmington, Del., and Anniston, Ala., passed Sunday, July 24, 2011, at her residence.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Southern Pines. A burial service will be held Friday, July 29, in the Magnolia Cemetery, in Augusta, Ga.
Mrs. Coleman was born Sept. 19, 1934, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the late Robert Maurice and Dorothy (Martin) Blakely. She attended Stetson University in Deland, Fla., earning her Bachelor of Science in biology. She later earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. While raising her children in Wilmington, Mrs. Coleman spent 15 years working with the State of Delaware School System as a school psychologist, assisting handicapped and disadvantaged students. In 2006, she founded Friends of Moore County Guardian ad Litem, a volunteer nonprofit organization supporting the Guardian ad Litem program for abused and neglected children in Moore County.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, John Scott Coleman, of Southern Pines; her daughter, Laura Blakely Coleman, of Portland, Ore.; three sons, J. Scott Coleman and wife, Kristin, of Wayne, Pa., Robert Mark Coleman and wife, Roubina, of Westlake Village, Calif., and Thomas Glenn Coleman and wife, Rachael, of Singapore; her brother, Robert M. Blakely, of Birmingham, Ala.; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of Moore County Guardian ad Litem, P.O. Box 1033, Southern Pines, NC 28388-1033. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.