Frederica Cody Coleman
ALBANY - Mrs. Frederica “Freddie” Cody Coleman died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at her home.
Her funeral service will be Tuesday , September 10, 2013 2:00 PM at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, Dr. Donald M. Kea and Rev. William Collins will officiate. The family is at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Coleman, 1214 Hilltop Drive.
A native of Albany, she was born at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on November 19, 1923. She remained a proud resident of Albany her entire life. She was predeceased by her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Cody, her husband of 60 years Franklin and her son Cody. She is survived by her son Tommy Coleman and his wife Charlotte, three grandchildren, Flin, Claire and Whitney who is married to John Scanling. Also surviving are two great grandchildren, Davis and Harper.
A lifelong community volunteer, Freddie 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.
Freddie 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.
An accomplished singer and entertainer, she was a member of the Community Chorus and the Symphony Guild. She frequently appeared in Theater Albany productions often appearing with her granddaughters. She is most well known for her performance as “Annie” in Firefox.
Freddie began singing in the choir at First United Methodist Church at the age of 14. She sang in the choir at First Methodist and Porterfield Methodist Church until she retired in 2008. Porterfield acknowledged her 50 years of participation with an award acknowledging her service to the Music Ministry.
However, Freddie’s greatest contribution was to the children and youth of Porterfield. She organized the first Vacation Bible School at Porterfield and was the organizer and first director of the children and youth choirs. She served as Sunday School Superintendent and retired as a beloved youth Sunday School teacher at the age of 73.
Freddie 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.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 2200 Dawson Rd, Albany, GA 31707, Theater Albany, P O Box 552, Albany, GA 31702 or Thronateeska Heritage Foundation, 100 West Roosevelt Dr., Albany, GA 31701.
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Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors