Freddie Coleman dies at home at 89

Frederica “Freddie” Cody Coleman

Frederica “Freddie” Cody Coleman

ALBANY — Mrs. Frederica “Freddie” Cody Coleman, the mother of former Albany Mayor and current Dougherty County School Board attorney Tommy Coleman, died Saturday at her home. She was 89. A native of Albany, she was born at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in1923, and remained a resident of Albany her entire life.

“My mother was community activist from Day One,” Tommy Coleman recalled. “She volunteered for all kinds of things and was named the county’s “Volunteer of The Year.” She ended up with a lot of acknowledgement for her work, but she didn’t do it for the recognition. She did it because she genuinely cared for people.

“And there is no doubt in my mind that I problably would have never been elected to anything if not for her walking through neighborhoods, even at her age, knocking on doors asking people to support me.”

And as lifelong community volunteer, Mrs. Coleman served as president of the American Legion Post 30 Auxiliary and the Dougherty County Mental Health Association. She was active in the Georgia Federation of Women’s Club, served as president of the Albany Woman’s Club and the 2nd District Woman’s Club, vice president of Georgia Federation and was elected Trustee of the Tallulah Falls School in Tallulah Falls, Ga. She was president of Palmyra Elementary School PTA.

She was a recipient of the Golden Deeds Award from the Albany Exchange Club in 1991 and the Harry Goldstein Lifetime Volunteer Award presented by the United Way Volunteer Center.

Mrs. Coleman graduated from Albany High School in 1940 and continued to organize class reunions for the next 60 years. She attended Andrew College and for many years worked with her husband, Franklin, in the family business of Coleman Opticians in downtown Albany.

Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, Dr. Donald M. Kea and the Rev. William Collins will officiate. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Coleman, 1214 Hilltop Drive.