Kenny Lee Coleman, 57 of Jonesboro, formerly of Brinkley, died Wednesday, December 28 at his home.
Kenny was born October 19, 1959 in Brinkley, Arkansas to Odell Burnett and Lucy Pearl Coleman. He was raised by his maternal grandmother, Beulah Coleman.
Kenny was raised in Brinkley and attended the Brinkley Public School System. He was a 1979 graduate of Brinkley High School. He went on to further his education by attending and graduating Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute in Forrest City, Arkansas. He also attended DeVry Institute of Technology in Dallas, Texas.
Kenny accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and joined Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Brinkley. The last few years he had joined Precious Love Church of Christ in Jonesboro. He served as the choir director of the Children’s Choir.
Kenny was a former employee of Craig’s BBQ in Brinkley, where he was a cook for more than 5 years. He then went on to go into business for himself as a Mechanic for more than 35 years.
“Blind Man” or “Singing Blind Man”, as Kenny was lovingly known, was known throughout his community as the neighborhood Paw Paw. He loved children and loved to make them happy. He was a strong and staunch supporter of Civil Rights. He was a principal investor and supporter of KLEK Radio in Jonesboro.
Kenny’s disability never stopped him from doing the things he set out to do. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and tinkering with anything he felt worthwhile. He was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed building bikes for kids. The thing he enjoyed most, was music and singing. He was always singing whenever you’d meet see him anywhere. He enjoyed friends and family.
His mother and maternal grandmother, paternal grandparents, a son Kenny Brown, a brother Clinton Burnett all preceded Kenny in death.
Survivors are: his wife of 20 years, Fannie Sue Coleman of Jonesboro, AR; eleven sons: Willie Jones and Andre’ Jones both of St. Louis, MO; Jesse Chambers of Cotton Plant, AR; Patrick Pruitt of Little Rock, AR; Jimmy (Rhonda) Harper Jr. of Collierville, TN; Orlando (Misty) Harper of Marked Tree, AR; LaVonte’ (Shaunta) Harper and Terrean Bellinger both of Jonesboro, AR; Cedric Cotton of St. Paul, MN; Samuel Cotton of Conway, AR; and Derrick Cotton of Cleveland, OH; Seven daughters: LaSonya (John Tate Jr.) Anderson and Florida Mae Coleman both of Little Rock, AR; Jeanette (Marvin) Ross, Theresa (Randy) Irvine, Tiffany Harper and Edwina Greer Coleman all of Jonesboro, AR; and Tammy (Carl) Leon of Brinkley, AR: his father Odell (Queen) Burnett of Brinkley, AR four brothers: Eddie (Jackie) Burnett, Darrell (Camilla) Burnett, Curtis (Bertha) Burnett and Terry Burnett all of Brinkley, AR; fifty grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren other relatives and friends.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Brinkley Convention Center
1501 Weatherby Drive
Reverend Bobby Joe James- Officiant
Haven of Rest Cemetery