Dr. Dexter Caswell Coleman, III

January 26, 1944 - March 9, 2009
Dr. Dexter Caswell Coleman, III


Dr. Dexter Caswell Coleman, III, 65, of Warsaw, NC passed away Monday, March 09, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Coleman was the son of Dexter C. Coleman, Jr and Frances Grace Priest Coleman.

He was born in Riverside, CA where his father served in the US Army during World War II. He was raised in Elizabethtown, NC where he graduated from high school and received the badge of honor as an Eagle Scout. Moving to Wilmington as a young adult, Dexter was employed by W R Grace for 29 years and attended UNCW while working to raise his family. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry and received the John T Hoggard award for academic excellence. In 1988, at the age of 44, he entered dental school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1992 and was offered admittance to medical school. Following the desires of his heart, to work as a dentist in a small town in Eastern North Carolina where he could serve his fellow man, he entered into the dental practice with Dr. William Stoppelbein in Warsaw. The practice of Stoppelbein, Coleman, and Hardison was formed in 2001 with the addition of Dr. Chris Hardison as a partner. For the past 17 years, Dexter has enjoyed practicing dentistry with his loving staff, “his girls”. His generous nature has afforded comfort to many people in this community. One of the greatest loves of his life was his airplane, N3665W. He purchased this in 1995 with a friend and spent many hours in the air. Dr. Coleman was loved by everyone who knew him. His fun loving spirit was evidenced by his love for wearing brightly colored Hawaiian shirts. One could always tell when he was near by the jingle of the coins in his pocket. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Southern Bank in Warsaw.

Dr. Coleman is survived by his wife of 44 years Mary Katherine Chesser Coleman of the home, a daughter, Angela Leigh Coleman of Greenville, SC, a son Chuck Coleman of Lake Waccamaw, NC, a brother, Kenneth Lee Coleman and wife Catherine of Roseboro, four grandchildren, Monica Brooke Blanton, Coleman Luis Fresquez, Gabriella Marie Fresquez and Ella Bess Coleman.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Friday, March 13 at 1:00 pm at Warsaw Baptist Church in Warsaw, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Dr. Dexter C Coleman Scholarship Fund, c/o Southern Bank, P O Box 896, Warsaw, NC 28398 or The Emory Elizabeth Knox Fund at New Hanover Medical Center, Wilmington, NC.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • March 12, 2009
    Carol Mueller says:
    We were so saddened to hear of Dexter's sudden passing. He worked with our Dad, Jimmy Southerland, at WR Grace and he and Mary Catherine were good friends with our parents in Wilmington. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of your loss and always. Carol Mueller, Rick Southerland, Garrett Southerland & Kristen S. Herring

  • March 12, 2009
    Sonya Armstrong says:
    To Dr. Coleman's family: I am deeply saddened by the passing of this free spirited and kind-hearted man. He has been my childrens' dentist since the late 90's. He always had a smile on his face. He was not concerned about monetary gain. I can remember the times that he would perform dental services for one of my children and tell me not to worry about the money. He would say "Just let me take care of her teeth now , Mom, and we can worry about the money later. Heaven has gained an angel and earth has lost a gem. May he rest in peace.

  • March 12, 2009
    Ned Martin says:
    Dexter was one of my favorite students at UNCW. He was a fine individual, and the earth has been a better place for his presence her. We will miss him very much.

  • March 12, 2009
    Marilee Reynolds Dixon says:
    So sorry to hear of Dexter's passing. My father was in college with Dexter and I was in Dental School with him. Dad had fond memories of Dexter and spoke of him often. My condolences for your loss. Marilee Reynolds Dixon, DDS

  • March 12, 2009
    Wendy Simpkins, RDH says:
    I worked with Dr. Coleman until he passed. I was one of "his girls".... The office will not be the same without him here! We will miss him each and every day. To Ms. Mary Katherine, Chuck, and Angie,and "Angel" Coleman, and the rest of his family: You all are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything now or in the future; don't hesitate to ask. With Deepest Sympathy, Wendy Simpkins