Aubrey Lee Coleman, Jr. Aubrey L. Coleman, Jr, 71 passed on May 23, 2014, surrounded by his beloved wife, Ann Guillory Coleman, and other family members after a 27 months fight with pancreatic cancer. He is also survived by his four daughters, Leslie (Tim) Renjilian, Ali (Charles) Banks, Katherine (Will) Spencer, and Eliza Coleman; his sister, Dr. Rebecca (Phil) Coleman Curtis, of NYC; and five granddaughters; Sadie, Ginny and Bess Renjilian, Mini and Augusta Banks, and three grandsons; Charlie Banks, William and Jack Spencer, and two nephews; Zac and Nat Curtis. His family and friends were the focus and joy of his life. Though his law...
Aubrey Lee Coleman, Jr.
Aubrey L. Coleman, Jr, 71 passed on May 23, 2014, surrounded by his beloved wife, Ann Guillory Coleman, and other family members after a 27 months fight with pancreatic cancer. He is also survived by his four daughters, Leslie (Tim) Renjilian, Ali (Charles) Banks, Katherine (Will) Spencer, and Eliza Coleman; his sister, Dr. Rebecca (Phil) Coleman Curtis, of NYC; and five granddaughters; Sadie, Ginny and Bess Renjilian, Mini and Augusta Banks, and three grandsons; Charlie Banks, William and Jack Spencer, and two nephews; Zac and Nat Curtis.
His family and friends were the focus and joy of his life. Though his law colleagues and clients were vocal about their admiration for the work ethic and integrity he brought to his professional life, his career was not the center of his life. He often said, "I worked to live, I did not live to work." His family and friends, to whom he was ever-available for honest, straight-shooting advice and steadfast support, will remember him as a man who always kept his word, lived well, and loved exceedingly well.
He often said, "If you don't have fun at a party, it's your fault." Aubrey absolutely loved rock 'n roll music and dancing until the band left. His colleagues whom he worked with starting in the 1970s will confirm that Aubrey and Ann were the last ones on the dance floor at many a firm Christmas party.
His greatest joy came from spending time and traveling with his wife, Ann, of 50 years, and his four daughters, with whom he was very close, and their families. He particularly enjoyed coaching and cheering for his daughters in their various athletic endeavors in their youths. Coaching soccer and hosting, along with Ann, children from third world countries in their home while they received medical treatment, brought Aubrey's tender nature to the surface.
Aubrey was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 11, 1942, to Aubrey and Ivo Jones Coleman, who were loving parents to Aubrey and Rebecca. His Dad was part of the Greatest Generation having endured the Depression and having fought in WWII in France and Germany. While his father was in the Army, his Mother worked at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, and Aubrey spent many hours with his maternal grandmother in England, Arkansas. His oldest daughter, Leslie, is named after her.
After the war, as his father received promotions with Swift & Co., the family lived in New Orleans, Ft. Smith, Ark., Mobile, and Memphis. Many of Aubrey's closest friends remain his classmates at East High in Memphis, where he was Vice President of the student body and named as Outstanding Senior. Aubrey never missed a class reunion.
He and Ann were married in 1963 in a double wedding with Ann's older sister, Jane and her late husband, Dr. Jim Kilgo. Leslie and Ali followed that tradition with a double wedding in 1991.
He graduated from Tulane University in 1964 Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. degree, and was vice president of SAE fraternity. He stayed in regular contact with several of those fraternity brothers until his passing. After Tulane, Aubrey graduated from Vanderbilt Law School where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review and selected Order of the Coif. He attended college and law school on academic scholarships. He passed the Tennessee Bar exam in 1967 and returned to Memphis where he practiced with Burch, Porter and Johnson until he entered the Army in January 1968.
During the Vietnam War, Aubrey was in the Transportation Corps stationed at Oakland Army Base, California, whose mission was processing troops departing for and returning from Vietnam.
He passed the Georgia Bar and joined Smith Currie and Hancock in January 1970, became a Senior Partner and retired in December 2012. During his distinguished career as a construction attorney, he tried cases not only in Georgia but also in twelve other states. In 2004, he was listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in Georgia in Atlanta Magazine. In the April 25, 2014, supplement to the Wall Street Journal, he was listed as the Lawyer of the Year for construction law in Georgia. Aubrey was a life long Republican.
In his final months, he was comforted by prayers, cards, emails, gestures of love, and visits from his many family members and friends, including the groomsmen in his wedding, his college roommate, fraternity brothers, neighbors, colleagues, clients, and his beloved men's group friends from First Presbyterian Church.
Raised by Baptist parents, married into a Methodist family, and a Presbyterian for most of his adult life. A memorial service will be held at North Avenue Presbyterian Church on May 28 at one o'clock in the afternoon with Drs Scott Weimer and Craig Goodrich officiating. A reception will follow at the church. A private burial will take place at Arlington Cemetery, Atlanta.