Mother of Blount Today editor dies

Anna Mae Coleman, 72, mother of Blount Today editor Lance Coleman, died Sunday, Jan. 30, at Hospice of Chattanooga.

Mrs. Coleman had been in the hospital since early January and in hospice for two days. In addition to her son, Lance, of Maryville, she is survived by her husband of 52 years, Don Coleman of Dayton, Tenn., and son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Wade and Marian Coleman, and five grandchildren, of College Station, Texas.

Funeral services are at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

A complete obituary for Mrs. Coleman follows:

Anna Mae Reed Coleman, 72, of Dayton and formerly of Soddy-Daisy, died Sunday morning, Jan. 30, 2011, at Hospice of Chattanooga.

She was born Dec. 21, 1938, to Guy and Effie Mae Reed in Crab Orchard, Tenn.

She was the fifth great-granddaughter of Lovett Reed, a Revolutionary War veteran who was a pioneering settler in the area known as Bear Den where present-day Bledsoe, Rhea and Cumberland counties adjoin.

Mrs. Coleman moved to Hamilton County with her family as a teenager in 1954. She played on the girl’s basketball team at Soddy-Daisy High School, before she graduated in 1956.

She worked at Provident Insurance Co. from 1956 to 1967 before becoming a full-time homemaker and mother of two. She worked at the Soddy-Daisy Junior High School cafeteria for several years and became cafeteria manager in the Hamilton County School System, where she worked for more than 20 years.

Mrs. Coleman was preceded in death by her father, Guy Allen Reed, and mother, Effie Mae Reed; sister, Caroline Jane Reed Walker, and brother, Eddie Dean Reed.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years Donald Francis Coleman, Dayton; son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Wade Francis Coleman and Marian Dabney Coleman, of Bryan-College Station, Texas; son, Lance Christopher Coleman of Maryville; sisters, Betty Sue Reed of Dayton; and Margaret Reed Harvey of Spencer; brothers, J.E. Reed of Chattanooga; Chester Allen Reed and Billy Joe Reed of Soddy-Daisy; cousin, Dallas Reed of Grandview; sister-in-law, Joyce Ford of Pickens, S.C., five grandchildren, Joshua, Christopher, Micah, Cara Beth and Noah Sergio Stephen Coleman, all of Bryan-College Station, Texas.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m., with funeral services following at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton. Private burial services will be Wednesday morning at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the building fund of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA). Officiating at the services will be Rev. Carter Johnson and Rev. Wade Coleman.

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Floydthebarber writes:

Lance, I am very sorry to hear about the death of your mother. Peace be with you and your family during this sad time. Floyd