Dennis Earl Coleman
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Dennis Earl Coleman
  • February 2, 1942 - June 15, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Dennis Earl Coleman, Sr., was born on February 2, 1942, in Dallas, Texas, to Robert and Celia Dennis (C.D.) Coleman. The family lived in the Ellum Thicket neighborhood and he attended Dallas Public Schools. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1960 and then entered the University of North Texas. During his high school years, he met and later married Miss Ethel Hayden in 1963, who attended rival James Madison High School. In 1963, he began to work for General Motors. An entrepreneur at heart, he eventually left after ten years of service to pursue an entrepreneur’s life – those things that he was taught as a young boy and that were of interest. Before there was shoe shining at the airports, he opened his own shoe shine parlor in Oak Cliff. Prior to MAACO and Service King, he had his own paint and body shop, and when Oak Cliff was a dry area, he opened his own private club. But his love of travel and desire to reconnect with his friends from High School and GM later led him to a career with Southwest Airlines, where he eventually retired. He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Ethel Coleman; brother, Carl Lester Coleman; and his father, Robert Coleman. Dennis leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Celia Dennis (C.D.) Hill; his daughter, Terre Gibson (Dewayne); his son, Dennis Coleman, Jr. (Gregory); his granddaughter, Taylor Coleman; his sisters, Charlotte Peterson (Sam) and Toni Thomas of Los Angeles; and a host of nieces and nephews. He also leaves his closest friends, Frank Alcaraz and Oliver Jackson, the Booker T. Washington Class of 1960, and the staff and residents of the Meridian at Kessler Park.