The Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 415 Cotton Avenue, Americus, Georgia where Bishop Melvin McCluster is the Pastor. Interment will follow in Eastview Cemetery, Ashby Street, Americus, Georgia.
Robert was born August 18, 1939 in Americus, Georgia to the late Timothy O. Coley Sr. and Lila Mae Neal Coley. He is preceded in death by five siblings Timothy O. Coley Jr., Constance Hellsetter, Otis Mae Calloway, Rudolph Coley, and Barbara Anna Coley, and a brother-in-law, Theodore Storey.
Robert was educated in the public school system of Sumter County and was a graduate of Staley High School, Americus, Georgia. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He joined the band of Christian believers at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed at Phillip’s Industries as a Supervisor and later worked and retired from Container Marketing Inc., as a Supervisor.
Robert was a devoted husband and a caring father. He was a “sharp dresser” who loved his elegant suits which he wore daily. Robert was one of the greatest checker players in Southwest Georgia. He loved to draw as a hobby and he created “signs” for area businesses in the community. Robert had a passion for others, he would do anything to help you, if needed. He was a God-fearing man, and he love the Lord with all his heart.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 43 years, Gwendolyn Storey Coley, Americus, Georgia; eleven children, Willie Lee Carter, Brenda Carter Tyson (Jesse), Robert Jerome Coley, Derrick Dexter Coley (Yolanda), Deo Coley Cochran-Sherrod (Rev. Dr. Frederick), all of Americus, Georgia, Kelvin Everett Coley, Macon, Georgia, Darrel Storey (Cellia), Americus, Georgia, Gisela Beatrice Coley, Macon, Georgia, Donza Melissa Foster (Fredric), Powder Springs, Georgia, Robert Andre Coley (Michelle), Jacksonville, Florida, Courtney Kentrolis Coley Sr., Americus, Georgia; forty-one grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; three siblings Gracie Milliner, Hartford, Connecticut, Stephen Coley (Gisela), Columbia, Maryland and Ronald Coley (Sharon), Americus, Georgia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Melvyn Storey, Americus, Georgia, Lillian Batchelor (Thomas), Ellaville, Georgia, Bernard Storey (Erma) Arizona, Doris Collier (David) Albany, Georgia, Rev. William Storey (Mamie), Columbus, Georgia, Milton Storey (Mary), Ellaville, Georgia, Diann Laster (Rev. William) Americus, Georgia, and Velma Coley, Andersonville, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews , other relatives and friends including a devoted friend Herbert Turner, Albany, Georgia.