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Emmett Roy Coleman

Emmett Roy Coleman, age 81, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed from this world to the hands of our Lord on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Sunday, February 26, 1939 to Roy and Mildred Coleman in Modesto, California.

As a very young man he learned to work hard in the sugar beet fields to help support his family. All of his life he valued hard work and taught it to his children and grandchildren. A strong patriot Emmett joined the US Navy at the age of 19. Emmett was a self taught early entrepreneur and ran several very successful businesses in various industries from harvesting to real estate. He owned and operated Emmett Coleman Trucking and Beet Harvesting in Wilcox, Arizona; Coleman Equipment in Chandler, Arizona; Sunbelt Truck Sales in Phoenix, Arizona; National Service Systems in Fort Worth, Texas and Coleman Properties in Mena, Arkansas. In 2001 Emmett and the love of his life Evelyn moved to Mena, Arkansas in happy retirement where he loved to fish, spend time with his grandchildren and ride his tractor.

Emmett was the strong patriarch of his family, an employer that inspired loyalty from his employees, and a good friend who was loved by all. He was the man who would give you the shirt off of his back and as importantly would teach you where to source the materials to create your own shirt at the absolute lowest cost. Emmett was a strong, proud and loving man who will be missed by many.

Emmett is preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Roger Coleman, Lawrence Coleman and Wayne Coleman.

Emmett is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn Coleman of Hatfield; two sons, Aaron Coleman of Hatfield and Jason Easley of Tucson, Arizona ; two daughters, Tammy Nichols of Cove, Arkansas and LaDonna Allen of Nashville, Tennessee; one brother, Don Coleman of Modesto, California; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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