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King Kelly Olen Coleman

September 21, 1938 ~ June 16, 2019 (age 80)

Kelly Olen Coleman
September 21, 1938 - June 16, 2019

“King” Kelly Coleman was Kentucky’s First Mr Basketball in 1956. He holds many state records and is a true legend in Kentucky’s rich basketball heritage. He was a true competitor on the court but in real life he was much more. He was a son, a father, a husband, and a best friend.

Kelly is survived by Ann Watkins Coleman, his High School Sweetheart, Wife and best friend. 

His dearest children Terri Lynn (Terry) Smith of Kinard, Florida , Kelly Esquire ( Paula) Coleman of Higgins Lake, Mi. Mary Ann (Tim) Whitehead of Trenton, OH, 11 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren.
5 sisters Mary McKean, Linda Florian, Priscilla Webb, Sandra Coleman, Peggy Coleman and loving niece Cheryl May. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

His true blue friends Jerry and King Fultz, J.R. and Kayla VanHoose, Jackie Pack, Bobby Hamilton, Lyle Dunbar, Ervin Stepp, and Gene and Rebecca Honn.

Kelly is preceded in death by one daughter Beverly Kay Coleman, one granddaughter Megan Elizabeth Coleman, his loving parents, Guy and Rusha Coleman, and 2 brothers and 3 sisters. 

His pallbearers who will carry him to rest are J.R. VanHoose, Jackie Pack, Ervin Stepp, Tee Watkins, Gary West, Frank May, and Bobby Hamilton.

His honorary pallbearers are Jerry Fultz, Cecil Watkins, Melvin Webb, Curtis Ray Slone, Corky Withrow, Sherrill Williams, Rick Whobrey, Charlie Thurman, Ron Bevars, Harold Kelley and Geri Grigsby. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

Mountain Sports Hall of Fame
PO Box 349
Wayland, Ky 41666
Bluegrass Care Navigators
57 Dennis Sandlin MD Cove 
Hazard, Ky 41701

Donations may be made to:

Mountain Sports Hall of Fame
PO Box 349, Wayland KY 41666

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