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Mrs. Colean Fleming

Sunset: January 7, 2021

​Mrs. Colean Viola Gist Fleming, daughter of the late Monroe and Colean Gist, was born on September 15, 1931. Mrs. Fleming departed this world on January 7, 2021 at North Fulton Hospital in Alpharetta, GA.

Mrs. Fleming grew up in Columbia, SC where she attended the public schools. She received her early education at Milford Elementary and Booker T. Washington High School. She graduated from Allen University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education in May 1953. While at Allen, she was a member of the Charmettes and the Commercial Club.

After graduation, Mrs. Fleming began her teaching career in the Florence County School District Three, where she taught for 33 years. She also taught for 10 years in the Adult Education Program. She was involved in several school activities serving as sponsor for the Future Business Leaders of America Club and secretary of the Florence County Teachers Association.

Mrs. Fleming was member of Greater St. James AME Church in Lake City, SC. She was a dedicated Choir member and served as Class Leader, Lay President and recording secretary for the Official Board. She received the “Dedicated Lay Person Award” from the Kingstree District Lay Organization in 1993 and she was the “Lay Person of the Year” for St. James AME Church. She was also a great supporter of all church organizations.

Mrs. Fleming was a charter member of Harriet Tubman Temple No. 1320. She was elected as the first secretary for The Temple and served faithfully for 25 years. She received numerous recognitions and plaques for her service to this organization.

Mrs. Fleming was preceded in by her husband, Harry N. Fleming. Four brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Fleming leaves to mourn her life: son Terrence Fleming and daughter-in-law Gwendolyn of Alpharetta, GA; Grandsons Travis Hayward (Tamesha Pryce) of Canton, GA; Ryan and Nicholas Fleming of Alpharetta, GA; granddaughter Terri Fleming of Los Angeles, CA; two brothers Richard (Marie) Gist of Newark, NJ; James (Marian) Gist of Fayetteville, GA; three sisters Sarah Seaborn of Aurora, CO; Jaunita (William) Landrum and Lottie (Ernest) Evans of Columbia, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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