Clifton "Cookie" Ira Coleman

Friday, October 9, 1953 - Thursday, February 1, 2024

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of Clifton "Cookie" Ira Coleman  - 1953-2024

Clifton “Cookie” Ira Coleman, age 70, was a beloved gentleman who will be missed deeply by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 1, 2024, and entered into his glorious eternal Heavenly home and we rejoice and give thanks for his life that has touched so many.

Clifton's life journey began on  October 9, 1953. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Clarence F. Coleman and the late Margaret Mills Coleman. He grew up in a loving family and had a close bond with those who surrounded him all throughout his life. He was a graduate of the 1973 class of  Pisgah High School and upon Clifton's graduation entered into the United States Marine Corps where he proudly and honorably served his country as a Sergeant in the Vietnam War. His military service is a testament to his selflessness and his great love for his country.  

He attended Haywood Community College where he received his Welding Certification in 1976 and this led to his career as a Nuclear X-ray Welder. Mr. Coleman was employed at various Nuclear Power Plants all along the east coast of the United States where he was well-known for his expertise in his vocation. He was also a respected member of the Greenville Local Union #391 of Plumbers and Pipefitters.    

On December 2, 1976, he entered into marriage with DeWanda Oates and together they were blessed with a beautiful family. Clifton's spirituality played an important role in his life. He was a devoted member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for more than 60 years and most recently held membership at Hill Street Baptist Church in Asheville. Within the church Mr. Coleman had served on the Security Committee and also as a member of the church choir where he loved to raise his voice in praise. Clifton's faith served as a source of strength and comfort all throughout his life. He was blessed with many friends and was a member of the Dutch Cove Masonic Lodge #718, Canton, NC.

Clifton was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping among the mountains that he loved. He truly had a caring heart and he had great compassion for all animals. Clifton loved everyone, he never met a stranger and he was a friend to all. Everyone will remember his hobby of collecting antique toys, that were admired by all his friends and family. Clifton was a tower of strength and a champion in life. He had a  passion for boxing and achieved remarkable success in the sport. He had won numerous trophies, titles and awards and he was greatly admired for his skill, courage, and sportsmanship.                

He leaves behind a great legacy of love and wonderful memories. Clifton treasured his family with all his heart and soul and they were a constant source of pride and joy for him.  As we say goodbye to Clifton "Cookie" Coleman let us each remember him for the good man that he was. He will remain in our hearts forever and he will be deeply missed.. We rejoice on this day for Clifton's Heavenly Home Going.

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted former wife, DeWanda Oates-Coleman; his daughters, Arnicia Davis Jackson (Junior), Latosha Arlece Coleman and Janita Renee Coleman-Brown (Lamont); a son, Daniel (Bird) Bundren; five grandchildren, Joshua Jackson, Andre Coleman, Cierra Jackson, Jariah Coleman, Keona Coleman; two son-in-laws; a sister, Janice Nichols of Detroit, MI; an aunt, Gail Cook of Ellenwood, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

A funeral service with military honors will be held at 1:00PM at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, February 9, 2024. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Gibsontown Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Harold Thomas, III (Stoney), Kenneth Coleman, Zahkee Jones, Josh Phillips, Patton Phillips, Shyrone Coleman. Honorary pallbearer will be Daniel Bunden (Bird). Flower girls will be, Dana Bryson and Holli Parton.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Coleman family.



Condolences from family and friends

I have memories of what a genuin kind young man he was. I left the mountains as a youth but he left a legacy of kindness I'm sure.
Melretta queen goodyear
To the family of Cookie, as a fellow officer in NJROTC at Pisgah, I will always remember him as the one I truly felt, had my Six. He was always there for friends and family, and would always standby another service member. He was, in my humble opinion, one of the best examples of a Marine, period! Thank you Cookie, for some great memories through High school, and beyond. It will be a happy day for me, to shake your hand at the gates of Heaven!
Bob McElroy
Cookie was not just a gentleman, he was a gentle man. Quiet and soft-spoken and kind. My sincere sympathies to the Coleman family.
Shirley Carver Fite
Cookie's passing has touched my heart so much as I remember him as a young boy finally getting to play football in the Canton Youth League, which was part of the YMCA. That's a story unto itself. You, his precious family, are in my thoughts and prayers. Because I will not be able to be there Friday, I will be praying for all of you. God bless and keep you always.
Juanita Clark Dixonbe
I am very sorry for your loss and I am praying for your family.
Keeta Bryson
Cookie was a great friend and fishing buddy. We traveled together on fishing trips to Michigan, Tennessee and many local lakes. His gentle nature was an inspiration to all of us. I'll miss you my Christian Brother.
Steve Cox
I am so sorry for your loss and I will always remember Cookie for the giving person he was and his love of music.
Claudia McClarrin
Clifton Cookie Coleman will be missed. He was a drummer in the band and was awesome in the drum line. We have many wonderful memories of this sweet guy. Cookie was in the Pisgah High Navy Junior ROTC and established the very first matching foot patrol. Rest in Peace, Cookie.
Pisgah Class of ‘73
I went to school with Cookie and was in the marching band with him one year. I loved to watch him beat that drum he knew how to play it. My thoughts and prayers are with his dear family. God bless each and every one of you.
LuAnne Allen
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Clifton. We had a great time at the Gladys Knight concert a few years back. RIP, your work on earth is done.
Cindy Dixon Owen
DeWanda my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time....
Keitha Blalock
I have many good memories of Cookie from high school. He was always a gentleman and his sweet personality always shining through. God bless his family for his legacy to live on within them.
Pam O’Neil Smathers
I'm so sorry for your loss DeWanda.
Mike Isley
I met Cookie at Pisgah High in 1971. He was our Foot Patrol Commander. He taught us all the steps we needed to win the State Trophy in Raleigh.
Nancy Trull Driver