Memorial for David Preston Coleman
BHS Class of 1988

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Obituary - October 30, 2003
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Name:

Andy Coleman, Matt Coleman and Family

E-mail address:

Andycoleman70@aol.com

Comments:

    Preston, as Christmas looms, so do the many memories of the great times we spent as a family. I am looking forward to Landry, Reagan, and your newest nephew, Evan spending this time with Caty and Presligh. It will be awesome seeing them play together. It seems like yesterday we were all together but God's will is perfect, and I know your time of celebration with the Lord will by far be one of splendor we can't comprehend.

     However, you are still very much in my daily thoughts, and I am missing you a lot this season. You would be proud of me. I am more politically incorrect than ever, and I take great pride in sharing my views outwardly with Liberals. Matt and I continue to exchange unwrapped gifts and telling each other prior to exchange just what the gift is in order to make Terri mad. We treasure all the memories we have of you and all the stories we have to pass on. We all miss you so very much but rejoice in the assurance of knowing we'll see you again one day.
  Merry Christmas, Preston
Love, your Brothers Andy ,Matt and family

Tuesday, December 20th 2005 - 12:13 AM

Name:

Greg S. Schmit

E-mail address:

greg_slc@yahoo.com

Comments:

Being one of the lucky few to have graduated in the class of '88 & to have known  Preston, I wanted to write a little something in his memory. I shared many good times with Preston, Andy, Terrell, Blu, Kenneth M., Brian F. & the rest of "the guys" in High School. But like time has a way of doing , I fell out of touch with a lot of my old friends after graduation. It's bitter-sweet that a tragic loss is what brings so many old friends back into contact with one another. Thank you Preston; for all the great memories. When I think of you, it takes me back to my High School days. Today, there is a whole lot less of the class of 1988 than it was back then. Todd Hamilton, Trevor & Dusty Warren, J.C., Freddy, Mark Trent & many others that left us too soon. I miss you all! God bless all of us & take care of our friends until we can all get together again.

Sunday, November 13th 2005 - 8:09 AM

Name:

Julie Stuckey

E-mail address:

juliestuckey@yahoo.com

Comments:

Preston-You were one of my best friends and will always have a special place in my heart. Your heavenly music touched all who heard it. Caty and Presleigh are so beautiful and it is a blessing that you will live on through them. You will continue to be a part of the family and friends who were lucky enough to love you and see your smile. We remember and pray for you on your birthday October 16 and all year through. I am a better person for having known you and I won't ever forget you. Love and peace,
     Julie Stuckey BHS Bees Class of 1989

Tuesday, October 18th 2005 - 10:12 AM

Name:

Jim Torrie

E-mail address:

gasmant@cox.net

Comments:

As all these probably start out, "What can I say?" With Preston in the old days, it would start out with "What I want to say but cant cause we did some really crazy stuff! And Andy can attest to most of it.

I met Preston my first day in band. From there on out we hit it off. We went fishing by my house. My mom never believed I was fishing but we really were. Of course we would smoke and dip while we were fishing. Neither one of us was allowed to at that time. We washed the smell off by washing our hands in the pond.

Band trips? Yep we bought a pack. Section practices always turned into a time we thought our pranks up. There was so many of 'em that I cant put any on paper. That or we took a trip to Evington once a week. I did look old enough to buy didn't I?

Sad thing is we talked after I left for the Army but soon lost contact. I came back here surfing and just now found out about this.

I never knew a day he was not without a joke or a smile. He was a crazy, demented freak (And yes it takes one to know one) who always made me laugh and for that I love him.

To his family, Andy I guess I knew you second best but while I direct this to you it goes to all of the family.

It hurts inside to think there is no more Preston making someone laugh, entertaining them with his gift for trumpet or just general happiness.

Then I think, He still makes me laugh and I haven't seen him in 20 years. Not many people leave a lasting impression like that. And to do that you must truly be special.

Jim Torrie

Tuesday, July 5th 2005 - 09:46 PM

Name:

Andy Coleman

E-mail address:

Andycoleman70@aol.com

Comments:

Preston , It's memorial day weekend and I have been thinking alot about you lately. Not a day goes by that I don't remember you in some way or another. I just wanted to let all who may read this know just what an incredible, Brother, Husband, Friend, Son, and Daddy You were. Thanks for the impact and memories you had on my life. I often catch myself saying the things you used to say or doing some of the things you used to do. Thanks most of all for being my big brother. I will forever honor your memory by taking care of your wonderful daughters and preserving your memory with the stories of your life. Semper Fidelis my brother and my friend. Till we meet again in Heaven Love Your Brother Andy, CLASS OF 88

Thursday, May 26th 2005 - 07:24:33 PM

Name:

Bryan Crews-CLASS OF 85

E-mail address:

evil66ford@hotmail.com

Comments:

Well today's the one year anniversary of your death. PRESTON, I miss you ALOT! I can't believe its already a year since the LORD took you away. I know your in a far, far better place, and I hope to one day join you, but man its hard. You are so missed by your family and friends. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you on this , the anniversary of your passing. GODSPEED my friend, may you continue playing in the all-star heavenly band! LOVE, MARTIN.

Saturday, October 30th 2004 - 09:17:51 PM

Name:

Phyllis Coleman

E-mail address:

whalewatchers@wmconnect.com

Comments:

Hello to everyone, thank you all for the wonderful words about my son Preston. He is still right beside me...I just can't see him. He went from being first trumpet at his beloved BHS Band, to first trumpet in USMC Band. Now I know he's playing in the highest band there is! Preston is now enjoying a chair...maybe beside Gabriel!!!!!He can no longer walk into our homes, but one day we can walk in his. Looking forward to a GRAND REUNION!!! LOVE, AND HONORED TO BE PRESTON'S MOM. PHYLLIS COLEMAN

Thursday, October 21st 2004 - 07:42:46 PM

Name:

Bryan Crews

E-mail address:

evil66ford@hotmail.com

Comments:

My name is Bryan Crews. Also known to Preston and the Coleman's as: MARTIN. I first met Preston while i was in the marching band in 1981.He was only in Middle School!!!! Preston was so good, that Mr. Shoe let him play with the High School Band! I knew Preston through BHS and then again through CVCC. I became fast friends with Preston and all of the Coleman's. Preston was like a brother to me, he was one of my closest friends. I talked to Preston every week, right up until his death. For those of you who knew Preston, you are truly blessed. For those of you who didn't, you truly missed out on one of GOD'S SPECIAL FEW! Preston was the nicest, kindest guys anyone could know. He was the LIFE OF THE PARTY anywhere he went. Preston was at home anywhere. He could be playing trumpet for a black-tie gala, or be listening to JOHNNY PAYCHECK with some of his bud's at a party and still be the same guy! He truly never met a stranger and he truly had no enemies. How many of us can say that? What impressed me most about Preston though was his unwavering belief and convictions in GOD. Preston would talk about GOD to anyone and everyone who would listen. He didnt just call himself a Christian, he lived it .Now dont get me wrong...we raised some cane and got into all types of stuff, but it was harmless. Today would have been Preston's 35th birthday! He was a loving, caring father to his 2 children and to his loving wife Terry. He was a friend's friend who anybody would love to have. He was a consummate trumpet player who played over 1600 funerals for the AMERICAN LEGION and for the USMC in QUANTICO. It's just too hard to try to sum up all the stories and the honors and the feelings about this man into one sitting. Just know that Preston will always live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. For those who did, please remember Oct.16 (birthday) and OCT.30 (death). Also, please remember his wife and 2 small girls and remember his loving parents (TOM & PHYLLIS) and his brothers (ANDY & MATT). SO LONG BROTHER, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND MY MIND. I THINK ABOUT YOU AND PRAY FOR YOU EVERYDAY. I WILL KEEP ON TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT THE MAN, THE LEGEND, AND THE HERO KNOWN AS PRESTON COLEMAN!

Saturday, October 16th 2004 - 04:59:18 PM

Name:

Blake Heptinstall

E-mail address:

poochie188@aol.com

Comments:

Preston was a good friend of my dads J.C. Heptinstall, i got to talk to him the summer before he died. I dont remember much about him, but i know he was a good person, an im glad i got to know him.

Monday, September 27th 2004 - 12:24:21 PM

Name:

Mike Powell

E-mail address:

mikeadams@k92mail.com

Comments:

I suppose I'm one of the many who just haven't kept up with what has happened to our BHS classmates, and as I've just learned of Preston's passing, it's hard to find the words to say just how much he will be missed. I was just looking through old yearbooks last night, and it struck me that many of the faces were of ones who were taken from us. It made me wonder what had happened to the many people I hadn't seen or spoken to, but I was totally unprepared to discover that we had lost one of Brookville's true individuals.

As a member of the class of 1989, I knew Matt since Tomahawk, met Andy at BMS, and eventually crossed paths with Preston at BHS. Preston was one of a kind, and it seemed like whenever he was around, life was anything but boring. I didn't have an abundance of friends during my time at Brookville, and while we weren't close, Preston was someone who welcomed anyone he came in contact with, no matter where they stood in the high school social structure.

My heartfelt condolences to the Coleman family.

Mike Powell
BHS Class of 1989

 

Wednesday, September 8th 2004 - 03:25:16 AM

Name:

Sandi Walsh Rutledge

E-mail address:

srutledge@harristrucking.com

Comments:

I knew Preston through dating JC after they all graduated from Brookville. I graduated in 82. After we lost JC and Freddy, I sat with the pallbearers at JC's funeral and Preston sat in front of me. Preston put his arm over the pew and held my hand the entire time. It was Preston who gave out "It's a boy" cigars the day Blake was born. My heart aches for all the Colemans. It seems time has taken away so many of that class. I think of Preston often and am glad Blake got to know him. I had spoken to Preston in June 2003 when my father passed away and had asked him if he would play "Taps" at my dad's funeral. He was sick and couldn't get leave but I was so glad to get to tell Preston I loved him one last time. Tell JC and Freddy hi for me and save me a seat!!!

Thursday, August 12th 2004 - 04:21:39 PM

Name:

Andy Coleman

E-mail address:

acoleman@campbell.k12.va.us

Comments:

Preston I was just thinking about you this week and wanted to say everyone misses you and loves you so much. Your memory lives with me everyday and you are alive and well in Caty and Presleigh. Thanks for everything you have given me that I will cherish in my lifetime. Missed and loved by your family. Love Andy

Thursday, May 27th 2004 - 12:23:54 PM

Name:

Andy Coleman

E-mail address:

acoleman@campbell.k12.va.us

Comments:

Preston, I was just thinking about you and wanted to let you know I missed you and I loved you. Thank you for the great impact you have had in all area's of my life. I wish so bad that we could have 1 more conversation about anything but I know God's will is perfect and we will again.
Matt and I are taking care of the girls they are in so many ways like you and we will have that as a reminder daily. I meet people it seems everyday who in some way you touched and that makes me swell with pride cause there is always a special memory or good word said about you. I am proud to have been your brother and friend. In so many ways you are still with me so keep on talking to me I am always listening and talking back. Miss you and love you your brother Andy

Monday, March 22nd 2004 - 12:35:28 PM

Name:

Euel J Tritt

E-mail address:

euelj@netzero.net

Comments:

I got to know Preston when he worked at Quantico Marine Corps Base. He was an outstanding Marine a devoted husband and a wonderful father. He was proud to claim each of those titles and was an example for all Marines around him. He was all those things but a Christian first. He made a difference in my life and I am a better person because I knew him.

 

Monday, February 23rd 2004 - 02:46:31 PM

Name:

Terrell Salmon

E-mail address:

TAZLUVSHARLEY@AOL.COM

Comments:

UH UMM!! Well, I really can`t say much about the memories that Preston and i had. Through all of the years times for us had so often become to far and few between. Luckily, the last few months that Preston was with us, we had a couple of times to share in person and numerous conversations on the phone. I miss Preston alot the smile, the laugh, the sarcasm, the intelligent side, and just plain ol` Preston Coleman THE MAN Ill write back soon! TERRELL SALMON CLASS OF 1988

Wednesday, January 21st 2004 - 01:07:17 PM

Name:

Geof Smith

E-mail address:

GKhome1@bellsouth.net

Comments:

There aren't many times anymore that I hear news from home. Plus it seems that my worst enemy in keeping up with friends from BHS is time. I just now heard of Preston's passing, and was deeply saddened. I hope that his family has a chance to read this. To me Preston, was simply, THE MAN. As much as I enjoyed playing trumpet with him in the band, my abilities and passion for what we did, could in no way, shape, or form come close to the talent, passion and dedication of Preston Coleman. I always dreamed of being able to play as well as he did. I also just read that he was in the Marine Corps Band, and am deeply proud.

I'll never forget the lasting impression he made at our Senior Prom (wasn't he in White Tails, with top hat and cane?) and even the high fashions he showed up in at our 10-year reunion.

My Mother-In-Law passed this summer and I was blessed to be able to write and deliver her eulogy. I would like to tell Preston's family and friends the same thing I said at HER funeral. "From this day forward, no matter where you go, or what you do, Keep Preston in your hearts, and he will ALWAYS be there."

God Bless You, Preston, and God Bless your Family

Sincerely,
Geof Smith
Class of 1988

Monday, December 8th 2003 - 02:01:39 PM

Name:

Tracy (Allen) Bruce

E-mail address:

tbruce@campbell.k12.us.va

Comments:

Coleman Family Members,

Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers as you struggle through your grief. I wish you all the best this holiday season and pray for comfort through this most difficult time.
Sincerely,
Tracy Allen Bruce
class of '88

Wednesday, December 3rd 2003 - 09:37:05 AM

Name:

Andy Coleman

E-mail address:

acoleman@campbell.k12.va.us

Comments:

I just wanted to let anyone from the class of 88 know how much you all meant to Preston. The class of 88 seems to have been hit with so many premature and untimely deaths. I often think of J.C Hepinstall, Freddie Baldwin, Trevor and Dusty Warren, Carlos Watts, Troy Mckinney, the list is long but God's will is perfect and we must trust in him.
Preston I just wanted you to know I miss you so much and that I love you. Thanks for all you taught me and for everything you are to me. I am a better person, father ,husband, son brother and Christian for having you as my brother. Say Hi to Grandma for me.
Love and missed by your brother Andy.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2003 - 12:22:14 PM

Name:

lisa dube worley

E-mail address:

lisa.worley@us.army.mil

Comments:

i knew Preston from high school band. the first day i waked into the band room he was the first to say hi and yell at the top of his lungs " A girl trumpet player!!" i will miss him so much and my prayers go out to his wife and girls. with my husband also being 34 and in the military Active Duty, this really hits home. Please if you ever need someone to talk to or just hang out with, my number is in the book. take care and god bless! class of 91 Lisa

Saturday, November 15th 2003 - 10:31:15 PM

Name:

Rebecca Evans Phillips

E-mail address:

badibad@cs.com

Comments:

I am afraid I was twenty years ahead graduating so I did not personally know your husband. I would just like to say God Bless You All, and for all he did so we are allowed to enjoy our "every days". He will be with your daughters and you I am sure. Please accept my very heartfelt thanks for the utmost of giving to others my deepest sorrow in the pain you must live through until more gentle memories begin to come and embrace you. Thank God for men like him. My heart hurt the whole of yesterday and I only hope everyone remembers every one of our troops keeping us free. With sincere sympathy, Rebecca

Wednesday, November 12th 2003 - 08:30:52 PM

Name:

Teri Coleman, Preston's wife

E-mail address:

tericoleman@express56.com

Comments:

I want to thank the countless many of you who attended the funeral and graveside services in Fredericksburg and/or the memorial service in Lynchburg at our home church. I have never been so lost in my life. My heart aches and I find it a huge struggle to get up every day. I must though, for our precious little girls. When Andy (Preston's brother) told me how wonderful the service was in Lynchburg and how to log on to this site, it made me feel a bit better. I just love to hear or read stories about my Preston. I can pass them along to my girls, who completely worshipped their daddy. (Of course, I may have to edit them a bit, given his crazy antics as a teenager.)

Thank you again to those who are praying for us. Please encourage everyone who knew Preston to write a nice memory of him on this site so I can print it out and save it for our girls. I cherish every moment I ever spent with him, as I'm sure you do as well.

Sunday, November 9th 2003 - 01:11:07 PM

Name:

Andy Coleman

E-mail address:

acoleman@campbell.k12.va.us

Comments:

I would like to thank the BHS Band and everyone who had a part in Preston's memorial service. I know he is proud. Preston was an incredible person liked by all who knew him. He touched the lives of all who came in contact with him. He was a dedicated servant of the Lord, Father to his children, husband to his wife, son to his parents, brother, and Marine.
I am very fortunate to have had the honor and pleasure to have known him for 33 years. My brother Matt and I take great pride in the fact that we not only knew him as Preston but as our Brother. Please pray daily for his Wife Terri and their daughters Caty-Scarlett and Presleigh. Preston I will forever cherish your friendship and Love Thanks for everything. Seper Fidelis My Brother and my friend. Love your brother Andy class of 88
 

Friday, November 7th 2003 - 11:02:36 AM

Name:

Hank Howard

E-mail address:

hhoward@onealsteel.com

Comments:

To: The Coleman Family,

Preston was a great friend to everybody he knew. He will be truly missed.

Semper Fi

Hank
 

Tuesday, November 4th 2003 - 08:26:17 AM

Name:

Cindy Orkin

E-mail address:

Cgorkin@aol.com

Comments:

To Preston' family:

Preston was a student of mine in math and he was a hard-working young man. I enjoyed knowing him and know he will be missed. I admired him for his ability to work hard and not give up. He was a great trumpet player and I will always remember that.

Cindy Brooks Orkin
Brookville High School

Monday, November 3rd 2003 - 03:07:50 PM