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Crayton C. Coleman Jr.
(September 28, 1928 - May 24, 2012)

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Crayton C. Coleman Jr.

Crayton Caldwell Coleman, Jr. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 24, 2012. Crayton was born in Chipley, Florida on September 28, 1928 to Crayton Caldwell Coleman, Sr. and Jannie Britt Coleman. After graduating from Chipley High School in 1946, he joined the Navy and served his country for two years. Upon his return from the Navy, he enrolled in college at Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. While attending Auburn, Crayton married Deliah Sullivan on March 18, 1950. Crayton and Deliah have four children: Thomas, Carol, Celia, and Amy and were married for 62 years. After graduation from Auburn, Crayton and Deliah moved to Tallahassee, where he attended Florida State University and obtained his Master of Science in Education Administration and Supervision in 1955. Crayton also earned his Master of Education in Science Education at the University of Georgia in 1963. During his career as a teacher, Crayton continued his education to provide the very best to his students. Over the years, he attended college in the summers between school terms at the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies at Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana; Wake Forest University in Wake Forest, North Carolina; Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Crayton joined the Washington County School system as a teacher in 1952. He served as the Principal at Caryville Elementary School from 1955 to 1960, after which he returned to Chipley High School to teach science. Later, he was Principal of Chipley High School from 1966 to 1974. In 1974, he accepted the position of Community Schools Coordinator at Washington-Holmes Vocational Technical School. He subsequently returned to Chipley High School to teach mathematics and computers until he retired from the Washington County School system after a 36 year career. He then taught at Chipola Junior College for 7 more years. He also taught for many years at the Florida Baptist Theological College in Graceville as a part-time instructor. Crayton was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Chipley for years, where he served as Secretary and President. He was a member of the Florida Secondary School Principals, where he served on the Board of Directors and as President of the organization. He attended the First Baptist Church of Chipley, where he served as a Sunday School Teacher and Deacon for many years as well as serving as Sunday School Superintendent. He also loved leading church youth groups on hikes on the Appalachian Trail. He was a member of the Gideon Camp of Chipley for 33 years, where he served as a lay speaker. Crayton was also in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry of the National Guard, where he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant and later retired with 23 years of service. During his service he was deployed to the Panama Canal Zone and Wales. Crayton is survived by his wife of 62 years, Deliah and four children: Thomas, Carol Schimpf (Marcel), Celia Everman (Mark), and Amy Koch (Bryan). He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Chris Coleman, Alyssa Smith (Tony), Ashley Deal, Lindsay Deal, Jenna Everman, Drew Everman, Ashlan Everman, Mackenna Koch, and Kalan Koch. He is also survived by 4 great grandchildren: Mia Guadiana, Lauryn Adams, Marissa Hendrix, and Sadie Smith. If people want to make donations in lieu of flowers; the family requests that the donations be made to: First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 643, Chipley, FL 32428; The Gideon International, P. O. Box 1042, Chipley, FL 32428; or Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association may be earmarked for local use by noting Alabama/Florida Service Area in the memo portion of the contribution check. Family will receive friends Sunday, May 27, 2012 from 3:45 to 5:00 P.M at The First Baptist Church of Chipley. Funeral Services will be held 5 pm Sunday, May 27, 2012 at The First Baptist Church of Chipley with the Reverend Mike Orr officiating. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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