Former Councilmember Fannie Coleman has passed

Fannie Coleman seen at 30th anniversary celebration of Chick-fil-a in Jacksonville while a councilmember in 2011 (Photo courtesy of??Chick-fil-a)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow - Former Jacksonville City Councilmember Fannie Coleman has passed. She served on the Jacksonville City Council from November 1991 to December 1993 and then again from November 1999 to December 2011.

Mayor Sammy Phillips released a statement on the passing of Mrs. Coleman. It reads as follows:

"Fannie Coleman's love of this City has produced a significant legacy of success and benefit to our community. Her and her husband Hurtis, were pioneers to our current successes.

"That she was the first Black woman elected to the City Council was not her legacy but that she advocated for things that benefited all of Jacksonville. She was gracious in her dealings with others and thoughtful in her advocacy. She worked for the new Land Treatment plant as diligently as she advocated for the City's designation as an All-America City. She fought for parks that would serve all, in the same way she supported creation of Jacksonville Transit. She fought for the expansion of Jacksonville City Hall as she supported the Jacksonville Youth Council.

"She will be known for her support of many causes and was a worthy ambassador of the City. Her last major public appearance was to receive the Fabric of Our Community award from the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee. Certainly, our community fabric has been benefited by her contributions and there is a hole where her life had filled.

"On behalf of the City Council and our City, I offer condolences to her family and thoughts and prayers for his friends and family. On behalf of all those who knew of her work, and benefited from her efforts, we say thank you.

"Therefore, as Mayor, I have asked our City flag to be flown at half-staff until her funeral."