Obituary of Sylvester Coles
Sylvester W. Coles "Sly" departed this life on Saturday, March 17, 2018, with his family by his side. Sylvester was born August, 28, 1942, to Rebecca Johnson and Pearly Reuben Coles in Lynchburg, Virginia. Sylvester was baptized and raised in the Rivermont Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Sylvester met Hazel W. Browne in 1961 and seven years later they married. From this union, one child was born, Tia C. Coles.
He was affectionately called "Sly" by his close friends and family. Sylvester loved life and laughter. He would make up tall tales just to get a laugh out of you. If you were in need of help and he could assist you, he would go out of his way to accommodate you. He would always say, "It ain't nothing but money."
Sylvester was a prolific artist (painting many pictures). He loved to re-do furniture; play Chess; a lover of all sports except baseball. His favorite pastime was listening to jazz especially Miles Davis. He also loved fishing.
In his senior year of high school, he ran in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1966-1968 Sylvester served in the United States Army station in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged.
Sylvester worked at Franklin Institute in Pennsylvania as a Scuba Diver, the Water Department in Atlantic City, NJ, Lynchburg Foundry in Lynchburg, Virginia, B.M.T. Limousine Service, and lastly a dispatcher at Bally's Park Place. After Vietnam (around 1999), he became a disabled Veteran.
He is predeceased by: his parents, Pearly R. and Rebecca Coles.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 50 years, Hazel W. Coles; daughter, Tia C. Coles of Rockville, Maryland; sisters, Gloria Starks of Lynchburg, Virginia, Zelda Coles of Highpoint, North Carolina and Glenda Coles of Greensboro, North Carolina; close cousins, Jessica Brown, Ronald Braithwaite both of Atlantic City, New Jersey; special niece and nephew, Kenneth and Tyana Mckindra of Linden, New Jersey; brother-in-law, Errol M. Browne of Elyria, Ohio; six nieces, and five nephews; lifelong friends, William Johnson of Rochester, New York, William Kelsey of Pleasantville, New Jersey; special neighbor, Tony Smith of Atlantic City, New Jersey; one new friend, Sheila Jackson of Rapidon, Virginia; and a host of other family, friends and neighbors. Sylvester is free now and he will truly be missed by all who loved him. Rest in Peace "Sly."
A viewing will be 9:30AM-11:30AM, Saturday, March 24, 2018, Greenidge Funeral Home, 301 Absecon Boulevard, Atlantic City. Memorial Services will be Noon, Saturday, March 24, 2018, Jethro Memorial Presbyterian Church, 423 North Ohio Avenue, Atlantic City.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.