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Edrel  Kelly Coleman
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Obituary for Edrel Kelly Coleman

Edrel Kelly Coleman, 99, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Seminary, MS, passed away on February 6, 2018, at Signature HealthCare Center, Port Charlotte, FL.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M. Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Moore Funeral Home, Hattiesburg, MS., with interment to follow, at Eminence United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hwy. 535, Seminary, MS.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mack D. and Emma Williams Kelly; her husband, Col. Victor Sherral Coleman, a Military Chaplain; her only child, Janet Peterson Mitchell; three sisters, Verdee Coker(Robert), Merle Tilley (Cecil), and Dimple Mills; three brothers, Mack Kelly, Jr. (Ethel), Hershel Kelly (Virgie), and Denzle Kelly. Survivors are sister-in-law, Foye Kelly (Denzle); sister, Pansy Kelly Wicker of Hattiesburg; her grandson, Troy John Peterson, (Candace), of Port Charlotte, FL.; a number of nieces, nephews, and devoted friends.
Edrel was a retired educator, having taught for 30 years. While teaching in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1969, she founded HELP DAN Club (Help Educate Little People about the abuse of Drugs-Alcohol-and Nicotine). This was the first anti-drug program to spread through the US, which led to her being chosen as "Mother of the Year" for the state of Alaska. She then traveled over the US with Art Linkletter, promoting the program. The next year she won a national title, being chosen as "Military Wife of the Year" in Washington DC, which covers all five branches of the Military and was invited to the White House by Mrs. Richard Nixon on a couple of occasions.
After her husband retired, they settled in Port Charlotte. There she became president of Charlotte County Retired Educators (CCREA) and established a scholarship fund CCREA (Edrel Coleman Scholarship Fund).
After her husband passed away in 1994, she became a consultant for FROG Publications, where she traveled all over the US promoting their literature for children.
She was an accomplished author, poet, and song writer with many publications to her credit.
Edrel received many honors and awards; her name is listed on the National Women's History Museum Roll of Honor and Remembrance, honoring all great women who have helped shape our country and world.
Edrel was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She touched many people with her Christian life. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, but her Christian walk will never be forgotten.
The family wishes to thank Tidewell Hospice and Signature Healthcare Center, Port Charlotte, FL. for their loving care of Edrel for the past 8 months.
The family also requests memorials be made to Eminence UMC Cemetery Fund, Attn: Ronney Kelly, 1229 Hwy 535, Seminary, MS 39479, or to the charity of your choice.

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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moore Funeral Service - Hattiesburg

805 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401





10:00 AM
Moore Funeral Service - Hattiesburg

805 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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Eminence United Methodist Church Cemetery

25 Hwy 535
Seminary, MS 39479


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