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Edward Linley Coleman, Captain, USAF (Retired)January 12, 1934 – November 27, 1997
COLEMAN – Edward Linley, 63, passed away November 27, 1997, in Atlanta, GA, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Jacksonville, FL, he attended Bolles Military Academy and the University of Florida.
He was a helicopter and fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1957 and in the USAF Reserves until 1964, when he retired as a Captain. Lin was one of a six man auto racing team for Brumos Porsche, USA; cofounder and President of RBM Motors in Atlanta, GA; and founder and President of Lin Coleman Construction in Atlanta. After moving to Key Biscayne, FL in 1975, he became a multi-year star salesman for Bill Ussery Motors. He loved the ocean and caught, ate and terrorized its fish. He earned his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license and founded RTC Yacht Sales in Coconut Grove, FL. Prior to his death, he sold yachts for Cozy Cove Marina in Dania, FL. He was a member of the QB’s in Atlanta, GA.
The family will receive friends at Gable Hall, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, November 30 at 12:30 with services at 1:00 PM. His body will be remanded to the sea in a traditional mariner’s military burial, from a U.S. Naval vessel.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Lewis Coleman; son and daughter-in-law, William Linley and Michelle L. Coleman of Marietta, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Frances Coleman and Michael Wellstead of Roswell, GA; daughter Jennifer Lynn Coleman of Roswell, GA; daughter, India Ann Coleman of Dallas, TX; grandchild, Madeline F. Wellstead of Roswell, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph Clark and Linda Coleman of Greenwich, CT; brother and sister-in-law, William Emmett and Liz Coleman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; sister, India Coleman Norman; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William E. Coleman of Jacksonville, FL and mother, Marion Kaufmann Fullenwider of West Palm Beach, FL.
In lieu of flowers, please make your donations South East Fisheries, Miami Labratory, National Marine Fishery service, Va. Beach Dr,, Virginia Key, FL., 33149. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Rd., NE, (404) 261-3510.