NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- Mrs. Vivian V. Burks Coleman, 71, of River Circle, entered into rest July 23, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held 12:15 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2006 at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Augusta, with Father Timothy Donahue officiating. Entombment will be in Pineview Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Coleman, a native of Slabfork, West Virginia, was the first black female machine fixer and supervisor in Graniteville History. She retired from the Graniteville Company after 25 years of service in 2002. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Gaines; a son, William H. Coleman, Jr. of North Augusta; six grandchildren, William (Billy) Coleman, III, Bernard (BJ) Gaines, Tracy Coleman, Michael Gaines, Christopher Coleman and Aaron Gaines; sisters, Delores Muller, Albany, N.Y., Gladys Sawyer, Bronx, N.Y.; adopted sister, Margaret Delores Johnson, Manhattan, N.Y.; brothers-in-law, Leonard Coleman and Leroy Patterson, Bronx, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Vicky Turner, North Augusta and Betty Coleman, Bronx, N.Y.; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.
The Augusta Chronicle-July 27, 2006