Billy Joe Coleman

26 August 1938–19 August 2010 (Age 72)
Stilwell, Adair, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Billy Joe

When Billy Joe Coleman was born on 26 August 1938, in Stilwell, Adair, Oklahoma, United States, his father, James Joe Coleman, was 27 and his mother, Fern Corine Renfroe, was 17. He married Ina Geraldine Johnson on 12 May 1956, in Adair, Oklahoma, United States. He died on 19 August 2010, in Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Freewater Cemetery, Titanic, Adair, Oklahoma, United States.

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Billy Joe Coleman
Ina Geraldine Johnson
Marriage: 12 May 1956

Spouse and Children

12 May 1956
Adair, Oklahoma, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 3

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
1941 · Comanche Code Talkers

Age 3

Many Native Americans from Oklahoma were once again employed as code talkers during WWII to create a code impenetrable by enemies. Rather than Choctaw, a Comanche-language code was developed. Several of these men were sent to invade Normandy to send messages. None of the men were killed and the Comanche code was never broken. 
1958 · The First U.S. Satellite in Space

Age 20

Explorer 1 was the first satellite of the United States to be launched and successfully orbit the Earth.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Colmáin ‘descendant of Colmán’. This was the name of an Irish missionary to Europe, generally known as St. Columban ( c.540–615 ), who founded the monastery of Bobbio in northern Italy in 614 . With his companion St. Gall, he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout central Europe, so that forms of his name were adopted as personal names in Italian (Columbano), French (Colombain), Czech (Kollman), and Hungarian (Kálmán). From all of these surnames are derived. In Irish and English, the name of this saint is identical with diminutives of the name of the 6th-century missionary known in English as St. Columba ( 521–97 ), who converted the Picts to Christianity, and who was known in Scandinavian languages as Kalman.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Clumháin ‘descendant of Clumhán’, a personal name from the diminutive of clúmh ‘down’, ‘feathers’.3 English: occupational name for a burner of charcoal or a gatherer of coal, Middle English coleman, from Old English col ‘(char)coal’ + mann ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Billy Joe Coleman, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Bill J Coleman, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"
  • Billy Joe Coleman, "BillionGraves Index"

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