July 11th, 2008
Nellie Ruth Coleman
Nellie Ruth Coleman
Mother Nellie Ruth Coleman, a special and gentle flower was the daughter of the late Favor Powell and Ina Pickett born in Orrum, North Carolina on August 31, 1921.
On Wednesday July 9, 2008 at the Calvary Presbyterian Hospital located in the Bronx, New York, she was transplanted from this earthly garden to bloom in the Master’s bouquet.
“Nel” attended the Rosenwald School in Fairmont, North Carolina after which she moved to Newburgh, New York. She was employed and retired from the Bearse Manufacturing Company.
In 2001, her husband of forty eight years, Evangelist Arthur L. Coleman went home to be with the Lord.
Never one to just sit around, she became a Foster Grandparent and continued as such for over twenty years. Most importantly, Mother Coleman joined the Ebenezer Baptist Church and remained faithful for more than sixty years. Not only was she faithful, but also active. She served as a member of Missionary Society, The Golden Years Ministry, The Working Churches of Westchester and Vicinity. In addition, she sang with the Senior Choir and The Mass Choir. A faithful Sunday School attendee, she remained steadfast until her health failed.
She leaves in the hands of the Lord her caring and devoted son, Andrew B. Powell, Sr. and his wife Brenda Lois Powell; Three sisters, Nora Stephens of Fairmont, North Carolina, Ellen Smith of Chicago, Illinois and Margret Louise McRae of Whiteville, North Carolina and a brother, Governor Powell and wife Reverend Minnie B. Powell of Newburgh; Additionally several sisters-in-law, namely Annie Powell of Charlotte, North Carolina, Nellie Powell of Newburgh, Inez Stevens and Lillie Mae Taylor and brother-in-law, Eddie L. Coleman all of Florida; Her love will be cherished by grandsons, Andrew B. Powell, Jr. (Jacqueline) of Lumberton, North Carolina and Bronico Powell (Shawnelle) of Randallstown, Maryland; Her legacy is extended to twelve grandchildren, Andrew, III (Ela), Andaya, Andris, Adrian, Albrian, Anshawn, Essence, Amani, Brielle, Shyra, Makia and Claude; Four great grandchildren Alaysia, Alanna, Amarion and Jaylen; Godchildren, Deberah Toussaint and Ishmael Alfred; Also sharing her transition are numerous other family members, and countless friends and a host of foster grandchildren. She was predeceased by four brothers, twins, Keffer P. Powell and Favor Powell, Jr., Clifton Powell and Sherwood Powell, sister, Alberta Reeves and great great granddaughter, Alyvia Powell.
Reverend Leonard Oates, Officiating.
Interment will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Middlehope, New York.