Clemant Coachman Jr. | Obituary


BOURBONNAIS – Clemant Coachman Jr. was born October 16, 1939, son of Clemant Coachman Sr. and Lula (Miles) Simpson, in Gordonville, Alabama. He was the union’s fifth child.

His parents and 10 siblings predeceased him, King David Coachman, Annie Norsweather, Catherine Sole, Louis Coachman, Cathnell Coachman, Janie (Coachman) Jenkins, Lump Simpson, Eddie Simpson and Rufus Simpson.

In his early adulthood, Clemant traveled to Chicago and became a member of the Apostolic Church of God. He attended the Moody Bible Institute and was subsequently ordained a minister. He loved to talk about biblical history and the foundations of the life of Jesus Christ.

On August 9, 1961, Clemant married Betty Jean Carlton. From this union were born five children, Darlene Coachman, of Chicago, Clemont D. Coachman (Pam), of Chicago, Debra Williams (Sumpter), of Crete, DeLisa Diaz, of Gurnee, and Damone Coachman (Cassandra), of Chicago.

Clemant then married Sandra Putnam in 1993. Her name was affectionately “Sandy”. Through this marriage he adopted five other children, Terry Wilkerson, of Paxton, Ronda Cervantes, of Bourbonnais, Sue Rogers (Butch), of Hoopeston, Christina Yohus, of Hoopeston, and William Wilkerson, of Hoopeston. Sandy was predeceased by him.

He held various jobs, first at a large downtown Chicago hotel, at United States Steel, DCA Products, and eventually retired from Bimba Manufacturing.

Clemant enjoyed fishing, horseback riding and playing chess, checkers and dominoes. He was a staunch supporter of the Chicago Cubs, Alabama college football, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Blackhawks.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a sister, GeorgiAnne Simpson, of Indianapolis, Ind .; one brother, Irvin Simpson, of Montgomery, Alabama; four sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; 10 children; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 19 adopted grandchildren; 37 adopted great-grandchildren; and 17 adopted great-great-grandchildren.

Visitations will be held from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14 until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the Clancy-Gernon funeral home in Bourbonnais. His two sons, Damone and Darryl, will serve in the service. Interment to follow in Homewood Memorial Gardens in Homewood.

Memories can be made at the will of the family.

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