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Date published: 1/17/2014

Gilbert I. Coleman

Dr. Gilbert Irvin Coleman, 74, transitioned peacefully the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, while visiting his son, daughter-in-law and grandson in Duluth, Ga.

Gilbert was born on Jan. 20, 1939, to Reginald A. Coleman and Maxine M. Coleman of Fredericksburg. He graduated from the former Walker-Grant High School and received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Union University, where he met his wife, Pearlie B. Coleman. Later, Gilbert received his master's degree from Howard University and doctorate degree from the University of Virginia.

A lifelong educator, Gilbert had a passion and gift for teaching. After working as a cancer researcher at Microbiological Associates and the National Institutes of Health, Gilbert taught biology at Spotsylvania High School before joining Germanna Community College where he worked for more than 20 years as a nursing instructor and administrator. He finished his career as an administrator at George Mason University, retiring in 1999.

Living in the Fredericksburg community most of his life, Gilbert positively touched and impacted countless people. He was truly a blessing to all who met him and he leaves an indelible legacy of tireless giving.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Reginald and Maxine, and his wife, Pearlie.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Darryl Coleman, daughter-in-law Teri Coleman and grandson Austin Coleman of Duluth. In addition to his immediate family, Gilbert leaves his brother-in-law, William Ball (Shawnee) of Maryland; first cousins Dr. Dwight Cropp (Linda) of Washington, D.C., Cecilia Williams of Pennsylvania, Marsha Selma and Ronnie Coleman of Maryland, Diane Coleman of Washington, D.C., Spencer Yorke, Patricia Green and Linda Barker of New Jersey and Dwight Barker of Georgia; as well as a host of other relatives, colleagues and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Walker-Grant Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, Mayfield Civic Association Scholarship Fund or Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site.)

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at James Monroe High School Auditorium in Fredericksburg. A repast will follow the memorial service at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) in Fredericksburg.

Arrangements are in the care of A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home in Fredericksburg.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at albennettandsonfuneral home.com.