J. Walker Coleman Jr., banker and community leader, dies
James Walker Coleman Jr., former senior vice president of the Charleston office of First National Bank of South Carolina, died Wednesday. He was 94.
Born Sept. 7, 1918, in Charleston, he was the son of James Walker Coleman and Felicia Chisolm Coleman.
He graduated from Sewanee, University of the South in 1940 and joined the Navy in 1941. He served during World War II on the aircraft carrier Chaumont and was captain of a submarine chaser and patrol craft. He left the service as a lieutenant commander in 1947. He also taught Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps courses at the University of South Carolina.
Colemanís decades-long banking career began as a cashier at First National Bank of Memphis, Tenn. He was named assistant vice president with First National Bank of South Carolina in Charleston in 1951, and went on to become vice president, then senior vice president in 1972.
When the bank reorganized its regions in 1983, he was promoted as the first coastal region executive. In 1984 he became the chairman of the board for Liberty National Bank.
Coleman was a board member for numerous local organizations, including St. Francis Xavier and Roper hospitals, Spoleto USA, the Gibbes Museum, the Historic Charleston Foundation and the Charleston chapter of the American Red Cross.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Frizelle Coleman, three sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Michaelís Episcopal Church in Charleston.
Arrangements are being handled by Stuhrís Downtown Chapel.