Norman Keith Coleman

August 9, 1953 ~ May 21, 2011

Norman Keith Coleman, 57, died on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

Keith was born August 9, 1953 in DeQuincy, LA and was raised in Sulphur, LA. He grew up in Olivet Baptist Church and was a 1971 graduate of Sulphur High School. He attended McNeese State University and graduated in 1976 from Northeast State University in Monroe with his Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy. Keith worked at St. Patrick Hospital for over thirty years in the Satellite Pharmacy in the Surgery Department. He was an active member of the music ministry for Maplewood Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Sulphur and also, First Baptist Church of Lake Charles. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and will always be remembered as a talented guitarist and musician. He enjoyed making wood carvings, pumpkin portraits, traveling, snow skiing, computers, and photography. Keith will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, son and brother.

Keith is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Sharon C. Coleman of Lake Charles; daughter, Malora Beth Coleman of Lake Charles; mother, Betty Coleman; sister, Sherry Coleman, both of Sulphur; mother-in-law, Edna R. Crotwell of Monroe, LA; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Norman T. Coleman.

His funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Roger Templeton will officiate. Burial will follow in Hyatt Cemetery in Fields, LA. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and continue on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 4196, Monroe, LA 71211.

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  1. A wonderful smile, a happy heart, and a great man. He left his mark on the earth and will never be forgotten. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  2. Dearest Keith – Maybe now you can rest in peace. You will never be forgotten by all the people you touched in your unselfish giving! D

  3. I was sad to see Keith name in the paper. He was an awesome person always willing to help the operating room nurses designing our flyers, giving his input in his calm way. Thanks Keith for your graciousness and may God be waiting with His loving arms outstretched to you.

  4. I was shocked and saddened to see this today in the paper. Keith was an amazingly talented and creative person, and will be missed by all who knew him. My Mom was in Monday's paper, and I think they are bound to hit it off!

  5. I was so stunned to read and hear of Keith's untimely departure. I met Keith many years ago as a fellow member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and I was very proud to have a man of such quality of character associated with us. His passion for history and our common past was very real and a matter of importance to him. We shared only a relatively few times together but it was always quality time when I was fortunate enough to be with Keith. He was a man who was generous with his many abilities and I could always call on him for his technical expertise with regard to a computer problem. He touched the heart with his gentle demeanor, easy kindness, and genuine sentiments. I spent a week in Honduras with Keith in 1996 on a Medical Mission Trip. In a remote village nestled in the mountains, he freely lent his professionalism as a pharmacist and his love as a Christian to people who had never seen a clinic nor received a prescription in their lives. He brought relief to people he would never know for the glory of the One Who knows us all. That week, under a tent where the gospel was being preached, he played a guitar sang a heart-felt song of great love and special joy about the daughter who had recently come into his family and his life. Likable in every way to those who were acquainted with him, and loved by all those who shared a closer relationship, Keith will be missed by all who were touched by him. Soft-spoken and sweet, quietly sentimental, reserved and tenderhearted, intellectually strong and of deep feelings, he has left this vale of tears for the eternal reward so sure and secure. Until we see him in heaven, he will be sorely missed and his memory will be much cared for and never forgotten.

  6. I was very shocked to hear this news. Keith was the best. I will always remember the days at Perkins Pharmacy, when we were just kids. May God be with his family. Love and Prayers,Charlotte Moore

  7. Keith was a great friend to me duing our years as youth at Olivet. He was a great friend to our family during our parents' final days. He could always make me laugh. I am sorry for the pain you are all experiencing, and I am asking God to give you His peace.

  8. Keith was always very special to me. He was my first love, and always had a special place in my heart. He was a great friend and so funny and kind. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. We will all miss him terribly.

  9. Keith, I am glad that I found you on Facebook just several days before you went home. May you rest in peace. Your cousin, Aline Smith

  10. Sharon Malora,Our family is so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with you during this difficult time.

  11. Mr. Coleman was my pumpkin portrait guru. I learned to carve from watching his videos and following his instructions. Every now and then, I'd pester him with an email and photos of my work. Praise from a Master means everything, and he was always kind and encouraging. This year, I did some amazing work after quite a few years of "dry spell" and sent photos to him and the email bounced back. I did a quick search and… well… here I am. I always considered him a talented and kind mentor. My pumpkin portraits have brought a lot of joy to people over the years and I always tell people that he was my "you can do it too" inspiration and encouragement. My condolences to his family and friends. It had always been an ambition of mine to shake his hand one day and say "thank you" in person. I deeply regret that I will not have that opportunity. Rest in Peace, Sir. And thank you so much!

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