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The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Amherst County at HSAC, P.O. Box 614, Amherst, VA 24521 or at amherstanimalshelter.org/make-a-donation where Callee and Sassee were adopted.

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Phillip Lee “Phill” Coleman, 68, of Forest, Virginia passed away on October 11, 2021, after a long illness. In his television language, he would say, “It’s time to put the sign-off cart on and leave.” He was preceded in death by his parents.

Born on April 5, 1953, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Elmo Wilbur “Jack” Coleman and Ruth Parker Coleman of Lynchburg. He was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School and was employed at WSET-TV in the engineering department for almost 40 years. He was passionate about television, TV broadcasting, and everything related. He met his wife while they both worked at the TV station. He was a member of Euclid Christian Church in Lynchburg.

Phill is survived by his wife, Deborrah Brown “Deb” Coleman, and his two feline daughters, Callee Louise and Sassee Lee.  Other survivors include his brother, Steve Coleman, and his wife, Bonnie, and his sister, June Dollinger, all of Lynchburg. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives, and TV friends.  He was also loved by Betty Witt and Donald Ray Brown, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, of Forest, and Cindy and John Hayth, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, of Salem.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Amherst County at HSAC, P.O. Box 614, Amherst, VA 24521 or at amherstanimalshelter.org/make-a-donation where Callee and Sassee were adopted.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
Rosalind Jackson-Taylor

Posted on:
October 27, 2021

Condolences to the family during this difficult time. Praying that God will grant you peace and understanding of His divine will. Phill was a quiet, kind person and always willing to help. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by:
Brian Coleman

Posted on:
October 14, 2021

Many many fond memories of uncle phill growing up. I’ll never forget his big old blazer he used to pull up in for breakfast. And getting to do lock work with him at the news station years ago and getting a tour of the studio and behind the scenes in the process. And the infamous moment it took all he had to catch me before I walked rite in front of the cameras on the evening news cast. Endless laughs shared that night. He will be greatly missed and I’m forever grateful for debs dedication and determination throughout.

Posted by:
Tammy Mcneil

Posted on:
October 13, 2021

We are so so sorry for your loss Prayers for all , Tammy and Nelson Brown

Posted by:
Jeff Taylor

Posted on:
October 13, 2021

Sending love and prayers to Deb and all of Phill's family. I know the journey has been long. I'm sure Willis, Dave, Charlie, and others greeted Phill with all the needed tools to engineer a smooth transition! I'll be away when the visitation is held, but I'll be thinking of you Debbie. "Grief never ends... But it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... It is the price of love." ~Author Unknown~

Posted by:
Jeff Taylor

Posted on:
October 13, 2021

Sending love and prayers to Deb and all of Phill's family. I know the journey has been long. I'm sure Willis, Dave, Charlie, and others greeted Phill with all the needed tools to engineer a smooth transition! I'll be away when the visitation is held, but I'll be thinking of you Debbie. "Grief never ends... But it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... It is the price of love." ~Author Unknown~

Posted by:
Jeff Taylor

Posted on:
October 13, 2021

Sending love and prayers to Deb and all of Phill's family. I know the journey has been long. I'm sure Willis, Dave, Charlie, and others greeted Phill with all the needed tools to engineer a smooth transition! I'll be away when the visitation is held, but I'll be thinking of you Debbie. "Grief never ends... But it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... It is the price of love." ~Author Unknown~

Posted by:
Jeff Taylor

Posted on:
October 13, 2021

Sending love and prayers to Deb and all of Phill's family. I know the journey has been long. I'm sure Willis, Dave, Charlie, and others greeted Phill with all the needed tools to engineer a smooth transition! I'll be away when the visitation is held, but I'll be thinking of you Debbie. "Grief never ends... But it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... It is the price of love." ~Author Unknown~

Posted by:
John and Beverly McQuarry

Posted on:
October 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of his passing. We will remember Cousin Phill and his family in our prayers. Spent many Saturdays playing with the Coleman's when we went to Grandma Bailey's house.

Posted by:
jeff meyer

Posted on:
October 13, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this news. My sincere condolences. I will be praying for you, Debbie. I will not be able to attend the visitation Friday, but I will be thinking of you.

 

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