Alvis Terrell “Tommy” Coleman, 78, of Madisonville, passed away on Oct. 28, 2016, in Bryan. Visitation was held Monday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church in Madisonville. A celebration of Tommy’s life was held at noon also at First Baptist Church with the burial following at Ten Mile Cemetery. Joshua Crutchfield and Travis Kankey officiated.
Tommy was born on Nov. 24, 1937 in Parkdale, AR., to Jesse Alvis and Addie Lura (Knight) Coleman and was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marlys Ann Hill.
Tommy graduated from Eudora High School in 1955 and attended college in Monroe, La., Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, AR, and Reppert School of Auctioneering.
Tommy is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anita Lorraine Coleman; his daughter, Toma Renea Lee and husband Curtis of Monticello, AR; his son, Alvis Terrell Coleman II and his wife Marcia of Marshall, Texas; his son, David Terrell Coleman and his wife Nicole of Madisonville, Texas; his grandchildren, Adam Coleman and his wife Rebecca, Gale Lee, Grace Lee, Luke Coleman, and Will Coleman; his great-grandson, John Wyatt Coleman; and his sister, Sue Pieroni and her husband Vincent of Lake Village, AR.
Tommy was born in southeast Arkansas to a cotton farmer and rancher. He learned at an early age what hard work was all about. As he grew up he developed a love for auctioneering. At the age of 18 he went to Auctioneer School and began to learn the trade that would become his life’s profession. Throughout Tommy’s auction career he sold many types of auctions including auto auctions, equipment auctions and the occasional bake sale. But his true passion was in the livestock industry. Tommy was a full-time livestock auctioneer for 50 years. He not only was the auctioneer but he owned multiple livestock auctions in his lifetime including one in Marshall, Texas and one in Madisonville. Tommy truly loved helping the farmers and ranchers in his community. His goal was to always make sure his customers received the best price for the cattle they brought to his auction. Since 2007 when Tommy “retired” from auctioneering, he began a new life’s work, at Coleman Auto Sales. He continued to prove his ethics of hard work and dedication in this business. Many times he would go above and beyond to help his customers. Finally, Tommy was a wonderful family man. Nothing was more important to him than his family. He would gladly go without in order to provide his family with whatever they needed. He worked many long hours and drove thousands of miles a week to selflessly give to his family and others. Tommy Coleman will be truly missed.
Pallbearers were Ray Goodrum, Gus Wehmeyer, Jim Miller, Travis Kankey, Tony Leago and Tom Quarles.