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 10, 2009
    Tim Davis says:
    My Heartfelt prayers go out to each family memeber. May God comfort you. We can never be separated from those we love because God leaves us with memories to hold and love that does not pass away.

  • March 13, 2009
    Bryant C. Hardee says:
    Dear Mary Katherine, Angie & Chuck, Our family was deeply saddened to hear of Dexter's passing beyond what any words can ever say. I remember vividly the memories of him and all of you from the many years ago when we lived on Pender Ave as neighbors. As a young boy back then, I remember Dexter as being very outgoing and especially so to all of us as kids. Above all, I remember his smile so clearly as if it were yesterday. It has been many years since those days when we were neighbors but we have always considered your family as old and dear friends to us. In this time of grief, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. With all of our love, Bryant C. Hardee, David & Margot Hardee, Allison Hardee Meads

  • March 13, 2009
    FLETCHER MCDUFFIE says:
    SORRY TO HEAR OF DEXTER'S PASSING HE WAS A FUN PERSON. HE WORKED WITH ME AT A&P TEA CO. WHEN HE WAS GROWING UP.

  • March 13, 2009
    Dwight & Elizabeth bell says:
    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy during this time of loss. Dr. Coleman always greeted you with a warm smile and kind words. He will be missed.

  • March 13, 2009
    Pamela Stocker says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dr. Coleman will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Mike & Pam Stocker