Alvin Coleman was born in Clover, VA on March 9, 1935. He was the oldest of eleven children born to the late Martha Wilborne and the late Walter Coleman. Alvin was raised by a loving family, educated in Halifax County, Virginia, and learned the teachings of his Christian faith at Bethel Grove Baptist Church. As a young adult, Alvin moved to New York where he worked briefly at a boarding school. In the early 1950s, Alvin moved to Washington, DC where he began working at The Hot Shopps Restaurants which was then a part of the Marriott Corp. He worked his way up to become head chef at a Marriott Hotel in Northern, VA. Alvin enjoyed explaining the preparations needed to cook various meals that were served at the hotel. One of his specialties then was "Salisbury steak with gravy." Alvin retired from the Marriott Corporation in 1997 after 40 years of service.
Retirement led Alvin to his love for bowling. He became a member of The National Bowling Association. Alvin bowled for the Greater Washington Bowling League bowling in tournaments all over the country. He recalled that one of his most memorable tournament trips he took was to Lake Tahoe in Nevada.
Alvin loved to talk sports, he loved to joke and laugh. He had a kind and helpful spirit. To know Alvin was to love Alvin. He was a man of faith who would always say, "we were born to die". Alvin's approach to life was to live it fully and worry-free, and that death was a certainty...not to be feared. At age 86 at Washington Hospital Center, the Lord took Alvin home to be with him on Sunday, September 20, 2020. He is survived by his brothers, Claude Coleman (Faye), Gilbert Coleman, Gus Coleman (Eleanor), and Ned Coleman; his sisters, Alice Love (Johnny), Blanche Moss, and Odessa Coleman; nieces, nephews, cousins, many other family members and a host of friends.
We will miss you Alvin but will hold on to the wonderful memories you have given us.
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