Lillie Mae Middlebrooks Coleman (nee Greene), 91, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Lorain. She was born July 5, 1922, in Manchester, Georgia, to George and Mattie Lee (Holt) Greene.
Born and raised in Manchester, Lillie carried many of her earliest lessons throughout her life. “You should look good and behave well at church – God is watching.”, “Speak your mind and speak clearly.” and “Coordinate your hat, glove and shoes with your outfit!” – are just a few statements that could be attributed to her over the years. Her hearty, infectious laugh was a well-remembered calling card. And Lillie’s laugh could be heard quite a bit when she pursued her favorite activities; traveling, church activities, checking in with grand and great-grandchildren, and shopping (especially for hats!). Lillie was an employee of U.S. Steel and retired from Lorain City Schools. She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where she served in a number of leadership positions including Deaconess, the superintendent of Sunday school and president of the Missionary Board. She also was a life-time member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).
Lillie was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Sallie Amy Mills and Georgia Lee Bonner; and husbands, Charles R. Middlebrooks and Raymond Coleman.
She is survived by her children, Helen Sharp of Florence, South Carolina, Gwendolyn Knox, Richard Middlebrooks, and David Middlebrooks of Lorain; stepdaughter, Janet Chapman; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and hundreds from her church/community family.
The funeral and memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014, beginning at 10 A.M., at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1516 E. 30th St., Lorain. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 3700 Center Road, Avon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made, in Lillie’s name, to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Sunday school/Vacation Bible School or to your home church’s educational ministry.