Henderson B Coleman

Born: Thu., Mar. 15, 1928
Died: Tue., Mar. 8, 2016


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Mar. 14, 2016
Location: Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 14, 2016
Location: Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home

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  Henderson B. Coleman, who most recently resided at Castle Point VA Hospital in Wappingers Falls, NY, has departed this world for greater things on March 8, 2016. Henderson, also lovingly called “Henny” by family and friends, was born on March 15, 1928 in the picturesque Hamlet of Salt Point, NY.

  He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Adrienne, his children; Scott (Phyllis) of Camp Spring, MD, and Stacey, Sally and Sandy, all of Poughkeepsie, NY, devoted granddaughters; Dorienne, Cortney and Aden of Maryland and Sarah of Poughkeepsie, NY. Henderson is also survived by nephews; Lonnie, Allen and Kurt, nieces; Sydney and Karen.

  He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Almeta Coleman, brothers; Keith, Howard, Herbert and Wilton, and sister; Hazel, who died at birth.

  Henderson attended local grade school and continued on to FDR High School where he excelled in sports and received many accolades, including an induction into the FDR Hall of fame in June, 1999, receiving commendation from Sen. Moynihan and Congresswoman Sue Kelley. His athletic achievements were stellar, whether it be football, baseball or basketball. It has been said by many that he was the best local athlete of his time.

  Continuing in the sports genre, he attended North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC where he continued to excel l in football until the Military Call of Duty in 1951.

  As a member of the U.S Army Artillery in North Korea until 1953, he garnered the Korean Service Metal, with two Bronze Service Stars, the U.N Service Metal, the National Defense Service Metal, as well as the Good Conduct Army Metal.

  Returning to civilian life, Henny was employed by the former Schatz Federal Bearing Co., and continued his sports as a member of the local industrial leagues. He moved on with his employment and began working at the U.S Postal Service from which he retired in 1992, after 35 years of service.

  As “speedy” as he was, he was caught by the love of his life, the former Adrienne Brown. They married on July 24, 1954 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie. Their children subsequently attended Sunday School, as well as receiving their confirmations there as well.

  Left to mourn Henderson’s passing are cousins, long-time friends, as well as former co-workers. He will be missed by all.

  The family takes this opportunity to acknowledge the professionalism and care bestowed on our loved one during his stay at Castle Point VA. He could not possibly have received more compassionate care anywhere else except at home.

  Visitation will be held from 10am to 11am, Monday, March 14, 2016, with a funeral service beginning at 11am at Joseph J. Darrow Funeral Home Inc., 39 So. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. 845-452-1840. Pastor Richard Butler will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery, Hyde Park, New York. To send online condolences, please visit our website at www.darrowfuneralhome.org.

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Janice Daley
   Posted Fri March 11, 2016
Adrienne and family. so sorry about Henny's passing. I will keep him and your family in my prayers. Maybe there is alot of talk about all the sports at FDR up in heaven. Hope to see you around.

   Posted Fri March 11, 2016
As a volunteer at Castle Point, I was grateful to have met Mr. Coleman. Sometimes it just happens that a patient will arrive and you feel an immediate connection. A pleasure to see every day with a greeting, his flannel shirts, his easy smile that I'll never forget. When the loved ones are there everyday faithfully, you just know that this was a very good, beloved man. He will be missed. God Bless the family.

Boyce Briggs and the Kitchen Staff at Castle Point
   Posted Sat March 12, 2016
I want to start with a thanks for your service. It was a pleasure serving you. He was a very kind man and served as inspiration to all of us. You are in a greater place and we express our condolences to the family.

God Bless Mr. Coleman and all of his family.

Barbara Fisher
   Posted Sun March 13, 2016
Dear Adrian and family, so very sorry for your loss. Adrian, hope you are well, always enjoyed your company, my thoughts are with you. Barbara

Al Palmatier
   Posted Sun March 13, 2016
Dear Mrs. Adrienne Coleman and family -
Henny & I were classmates at FDR where we shared a love of sports and school activities. Sorry I'm not able to make it there in person. I remember seeing you both at Wendy's in Arlington - but just long enough to say a quick 'hello' and another time I met you at a golf outing across the river. I am very sorry for your loss and will keep him, as well as you & your family, in my prayers.
Sincerely, Al

Jimmy Murphy
   Posted Sun March 13, 2016
He was a great guy. I will never forget him.

Sharon Dolinko
   Posted Mon March 14, 2016
Henny was one of the first people I met when I started working at the post office (old SCF in Wappingers). He was a kind and gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor. After I transferred to the Arlington PO, he would stop in once in awhile and it was always great to see him. May the wonderful memories you have of him help you through this difficult time.

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