David Jermaine Coleman, 45, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed in his home on April 19, 2020. David was born March 19, 1975 in South Bend, Indiana to Mindie R. Rucker-Smith and David A. Coleman Sr.
Affectionately known as “Dub”, he grew up in South Bend on the Southeast side of town and was proud to be “Dawg 4 Life”. David was educated at Studebaker Elementary, Jackson Middle School, and Riley High School. He was charismatic, outspoken, funny, and admired by many. David loved music, singing, and dancing. He was charming - the ladies and the babies adored him! Some of his closest family describe him as having a ‘Dynamic’ personality. If David loved you, he made sure no one messed with you.
He was self-employed. He always had money on him to loan to others. David was a very generous young man. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Whenever someone called on him and needed him, he would always be there. David loved his mom more than anything or anyone.
He belonged to the Spiritual Israel Church and Its Army. His favorite songs were “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Lord, You Know I’m Your Child”.
David is survived by his mother Mindie (Willie) Rucker-Smith; father David A. Coleman Sr.; grandmother Lue B. Jarrett; and children, Antwonasha (A.K.A. NeNe) Vaughn of Orlando, Florida, Josigha Coleman of Gary, Indiana, Davionna Splunge, Sincere Mitchell, and Shyanne Mitchell of South Bend, Indiana; grandchildren, De’Coriyaeh Tobar of South Bend, Indiana, Janiyah Coleman, and Ja’Mere Coleman both of Gary, Indiana.
He is also survived by his maternal siblings: Reggie L. Robinson of Peoria, Illinois, Jason D. Tanner, and Charles R. Richmond of South Bend, Indiana; his paternal siblings: David Allen Coleman Jr., Damien Coleman, Curtis Humphrey, Brian Lewis, Deja Coleman, Cynthia Coleman, Aleasha Williamson, Andrew Williamson, Tammy Newbill, and Kerry Mays; as well as god-sisters: Nakisha Thompson and Gabrielle Fisher of South Bend, Indiana, and Felicia (A.K.A. Fe Dog) McCoy of Orlando Florida.
David had a host of close cousins including, but not limited to: Anthony Rucker Sr., Aaron Heard, Anelishea Hughes, Gabrielle Fisher, Melody Rucker McCRay, Tracy Taylor, Antwoin (A.K.A. Big Ton) McCoy, and Freddie and Porchia Wardlow.
He is also survived by plethora of maternal aunts and uncles that include: Diane Rucker of South Bend, Annette (A.K.A. TT Nay) and Dennis (A.K.A. Uncle Dee) Weekley of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Noah Rucker and Phillip G. Hobbs Sr. both of South Bend, Rufus Parker of Atlanta, Georgia, Marylynn (Israel) Rideout of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Debra (Kenneth) Anderson Sr. of Camden, Arkansas, Eloise Russ of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nora (Will) Brown of Texas, Johny Mae (David) Crutch, Eliza Rucker, Susie (Jerry) Crutch and Thelma Rucker, all of Little Rock, Arkansas, Mola Rucker-Harris of Texas, Bernice Rucker, Tracy Rucker of Little Rock, Arkansas, Joshua (Quaetia) Rucker of Camden, Arkansas, and Justine Rucker of Chicago, Illinois.
Paternal aunts and uncles include: Calvin (Amanda) Poindexter, Daryl McNary, Gary McNary, Alvin McNary, Sheila (William) Taylor, Timmy Payne, and Greg Payne.
David is also survived by special friend, Alicia Dutton and a multitude of other cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Joyce Coleman; grandparents John Rucker Sr., Alonzo Poindexter and Josephine McNary; god-sister Carol Hines (A.K.A. “Chocolate”); uncles: Raymond Moore, John Rucker Jr., Matt Rucker, Emanuel Rucker, Isaiah Rucker; and aunt, Sabrina Payne.
His mother would like to send out a very heartfelt thank you to all those who assisted in preparing for David’s Homecoming.
Burial will take place on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, South Bend, Indiana.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of David J. Coleman, please visit our floral store.