R. C. Coleman

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R. C. and Mable Coleman

Robert Carey (R.C.) Coleman (born October 22, 1907 in Alabama; died June 20, 1958 in McCalla) was a businessman and developer.

He left school after only a few years, and by age 13 he was working full time on the family farm.

He married Mable Pate on March 13, 1926, and they had two daughters and one son. The son, Bud, joined his parents in the family business, Coleman Auto Parts.

In the early 1950s, Coleman Auto Parts was sold and work began on a new project, Coleman Lakes, a recreational fishing business in McCalla. Coleman Lakes opened for business in 1953. With his son Bud, he managed Coleman Lakes until he became too ill to work in early 1958.

Prior to opening Coleman Auto Parts, R. C. was an employee of Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company in Fairfield.

R. C. Coleman was a member and choir leader at Bellview Baptist Church. He died on June 20, 1958, and is buried at Valhalla Cemetery in Midfield.


  • Coleman, Bill (March 2016) The History of Rock Mountain in Jefferson County, Alabama (Second Printing, Revised). CreateSpace Publishing. ISBN 1530625343
  • Coleman, Bill (March 2016) The Life and Times of Bud Coleman of Jefferson County, Alabama. Book One: 1929 - 1978. CreateSpace Publishing. ISBN 153084505X