Coleman, Thomas Clarke
Coleman, Thomas Clarke a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born in Jefferson County, Georgia, February 8, 1794. He was left an orphan when but a few months old; was converted about 1810 licensed to exhort in 1826, to preach in 1832, and in 1835 entered the Georgia Conference. For about twenty years he labored on circuits, and in mission fields in Georgia and Florida. Failure of health then obliged him to retire from all stated services, and he spent the following years in great bodily suffering. He died July 25, 1875. Mr. Coleman had scarcely any. early educational advantages. His wife taught him to read. His mental habits were fixed before he entered the ministry, and he never acquired the capacity for sermonizing; yet he was a preacher of rare success through the power of his exhortations and prayers. He was all aflame with zeal and. devotion. His life was exemplary, full of pathos, sympathy, and deep devotion. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M.E. Church South, 1875, page 173.