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James E. Coleman Sr., honorary chief in Ghana village

Sept. 9, 1920 – Sept. 15, 2013

James E. Coleman Sr., of Buffalo, a retired steelworker who was installed as honorary chief of a village in Ghana, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 93.

Born in Linden, Ala., he served with the Army in Europe in World War II and came to Buffalo after the war. He retired from the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna in 1982 and earned his GED certificate at age 70.

Mr. Coleman was active in the Title 1 reading program and traveled extensively throughout the world on its behalf. He took books to Ghana three times to help build a school and was made an honorary chief for his efforts. He also was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

His wife, Annie Mae, died in 1977. Survivors include two sons, Richard and James Jr.; and two daughters, Rebecca D. White and Henrietta.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bethel AME Church, 1525 Michigan Ave.

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