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
    David & Karen Priest says:
    Dear Mary Katherine, Angie and Chuck. We were so sad to hear about Dexter. God must have needed some more laughter in heaven. Dexter was a wonderful guy and we will miss him. David and Karen

  • March 12, 2009
    Becky Cook says:
    I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Coleman's passing. He was my dentist and always had a smile and a kind word. He will be deeply missed.

  • March 12, 2009
    Cheryl Freeman says:
    I was so saddened to hear of Dexter's passing -- one of those times you wish you could see someone just one more time! I probably hadn't seen Dexter since dental school, but I have many fond memories of that time. Mary Katherine, my sympathies are with you and the entire family.

  • March 12, 2009
    Melisa Van Houten says:
    My prayers and thought are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Please let us know if there is anything we can do

  • March 12, 2009
    W.C. Daniels says:
    I was greatly saddened to learn of Dexter's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his Family. I grew up near his Grandfather in Lisbon, NC, and knew him through his cousins as we were growing up. God Bless.