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1) Chiles Crittenden Coleman


Subject: Chiles Crittenden Coleman
Author: annabelle rupert
Date: 10 Mar 2001 12:00 PM GMT
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Chiles Crittenden Coleman died December 12, 1978 in Atlanta Georga, Dekalb County after living there many years with his wife Betty Henderson Coleman.

Transcribed from original Press Release from United Press
Written by By John G. Warner
ATLANTA (UPI) - Chiles Crittenden Coleman, a scholarly gentleman who fought his crippling disease with the same humorous tenacity he used to gather news for 39 years, died today , He was 65. Coleman, who retired as assistant to the Southern Division manager of United Press International in 1974, died in Crawford Long Hospital. Coleman handled the first news of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He directed the Atlanta general desk on the night of the University of Mississippi riot and he directed the coverage of the orbital flight of John Glenn in 1962. He was a victim of syringomylia, the same wasting spinal disease that killed the great golfer Bobby Jones. When he was hospitalized recently with lung congestion, he was nearly immobile. He had been confined to a wheelchair since Feb. 123, 1973, his last day on the job at UPI.> Coleman was never interested in being a reporter. He was always a deskman> "I wanted to be the guy who laid the last hand on that piece of copy before it went on the wire," he said." and I didn't want it to go on the wire until I laid my hand on it.">
It was during the John Glenn story that Coleman inexplicably lost his balance and stumbled against a teletype printer in the UPI bureau at Co'Coa Beach, Fla. Upon his return to Atlanta he went to a doctor and calcium deposits were found on his spine? It was not until many years later, after a long series of operations and a decade of nearly unrelenting pain that he never showed that his condition was diagnosed as syringomylia.> Coleman was survived by his wife, Betty, and two sons, William, manager of the UPI bureau at Fresno, Calif, and Robert, of Atlanta. Coleman was born in Topeka, Kan., Sept 10, 1912. He graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas in 1934. He joined United Press at Kansas City in June, 1935, and later that year he married Betty Henderson, who was with him when he died. The most important thing anybody can do is bring out the truth and see that both sides are given equal treatment." Coleman told a visitor after he returned. "This is why I wanted to work for a wire service -- to produce an impartial set of facts by which people can make their own judgement."




Subject: DeKalb County Pastor Remembered
Stone Mountain Ceremony to Honor Dekalb Minister
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998
STONE MOUNTAIN--Confederate reenactors will fire a salute as the people of DeKalb and Gwinnett counties gather to honor the memory of more than 150 Southern soldiers buried in the Stone Mountain City Cemetery, Confederate Memorial Day, Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 7:30 pm. This year’s heritage commemoration will also remember the service of the Rev. John Forsyth McClelland, a native of Henry County who served in the 44th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry. After the war, McClelland became a Presbyterian clergyman, ministering to churches in DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties and serving as Chaplain of the Georgia House of Representatives. McClelland was captured at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House in 1864 and promoted to Lieutenant while held as a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware.

This year’s speaker is Dr. Todd Groce, Executive Director of the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. Dr. Groce will also present The Confederate Memorial Camp with its certificate of membership in the Georgia Historical Society.

Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia has been celebrated every April 26 since the legislature declared it an official state holiday in 1874. The annual commemoration was first suggested in 1866 by Mary A. Williams of Columbus, Georgia. In recent years, Confederate Memorial Day has been part of the larger celebration of April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia as officially proclaimed by Governor Zell Miller. Most of the soldiers buried in the Stone Mountain City Cemetery are unknown Confederates who died during battles around Stone Mountain and Decatur in July 1864. Two state historical markers in and near the cemetery commemorate those events. The cemetery is located at the intersection of Silver Hill Drive and Memorial Drive in the city of Stone Mountain. Despite a cold drizzle, last year’s ceremony was attended by over 75 persons. (Attendance at ceremonies for the two previous years averaged over 150 persons.) A number of patriotic and historical groups were represented in the 1997 ceremony, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Stone Mountain Historical Commission, The Old Guard of the Gate City Guard, and reenactors from several Georgia regiments. The heritage service is sponsored annually by The Confederate Memorial Camp 1432, Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Stone Mountain. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a historical, patriotic, non-political organization composed of male descendants of men who fought for the Confederate States of America. The SCV has a worldwide membership, including camps in Brazil and Europe.

Contact Chris Davis, Confederate Memorial Day Committee 770-978-3043 (voice); Esquaredavis@juno.com (email)

 


The Confederate Memorial Camp

Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans

933 Gordon Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

May 6, 1998

For Immediate Release

DeKalb Group Affiliates with Georgia Historical Society

STONE MOUNTAIN–As a finale to a weekend of Confederate Memorial Day services, Dr. Todd Groce, Executive Director of the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah gave a memorial day address to over 150 attendees at a ceremony in the Stone Mountain City Cemetery. Dr. Groce then presented The Confederate Memorial Camp 1432, which hosts the annual event, with a certificate of affiliation with the Georgia Historical Society. Camp Commander Miles Jackson accepted on behalf of the organization. Among its projects, the camp works to preserve Confederate history associated with the city of Stone Mountain and its local cemetery which contains the remains of nearly 150 unknown Confederates. The soldiers died during battles around Stone Mountain and Decatur in July 1864. Two state historical markers in and near the cemetery commemorate those events. In addition to the unknown soldiers, camp research has discovered that more than 50 men buried in the cemetery after the war were Confederate veterans. Affiliation with the Georgia Historical Society will be a major way for the group to share its research with an audience extending beyond DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. The Confederate Memorial Camp is the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a historical, patriotic, non-political organization composed of male descendants of men who fought for the Confederate States of America. The SCV has a worldwide membership, including camps in Brazil and Europe.

Contact Chris Davis, Confederate Memorial Day Coordinator 770-978-3043 (voice); Esquaredavis@juno.com (email)

 

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