Sylvia S. Coltrain

July 19, 1945 - August 19, 2019
Sylvia S. Coltrain

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Sylvia Ann Shavender Coltrain of 24660 US Hwy 264 East, Pantego, NC, died in her home on August 19, 2019, in the early morning hours. This occurred after a long battle with congestive heart failure and multiple myeloma.

Sweet "Sylvie", Wife, Mamma, Ma, Sister, Aunt, Granny and Nanny was born in Portsmouth, VA, on July 19, 1945, to the late Herman and Sadi Rae Shavender of Pantego. As a young child, her parents taught her to love and fear the Lord. Because of this she learned to have compassion, to be humble, to be caring, to forgive, to work hard and to give you her very best and to cherish those who love you and those you love. After marrying and having children, her goal in life was to instill these same attributes in her family. Her family was her sole existence.

As a homemaker, she put her works to action through volunteerism. She was a dedicated member of Wilkinson Church of Christ in Pantego, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and serving as Secretary of the Ladies Aid for many years. Sylvia substitute taught at Beaufort County Elementary and Pantego Junior High Schools, served meals-on-wheels to the shut-ins, served on the Old Academy board, and shared her beautiful voice in the Terra Ceia Community Choir for over 20 years as a first soprano.

Sylvia is survived by husband of 56 years James "Jimmie" Coltrain; a son, James Todd (Amy), their children Zack (Bridgette), Issac (Kelsey), Tanner (Mollie), and Taylor Coltrain; a daughter Connie Coltrain Martin (Chris), their children Kasey (Blake) Riggs, Tyler (Brandy) Allen; son Ronnie Gaylord (Beverly), their children Ethan (Casey), Caleb (Julia) Coltrain; a son Gregory Stewart (Tiffany), their children Mara, Austin, Jewel, Kaylyn, Mollie and Mallorie Coltrain. She is also survived by 8 great grandchildren, Christopher, Lexi, Braylee, Miland, Adalyn, Nora, Thea and Clara; two sisters Julia (Ellis) Winstead of Summerville, GA, and Martha (Billy) Baynor of Pantego, NC. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Hampton "Hampy" Allen. Her niece, Lori and husband John Blackburn were only a stone's throw away living next door and shared a very special bond and relationship with Aunt Sylvie.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical teams who have cared for Sylvia during this time. Dr. Alwair, Dr. Alhosaini, Johnna Cowin-FNP, Brenna Weston-FNP, Amedisys Hospice Care, Shelly Cahoon, Allie Gibbs, Veronica Ward and Robin Hollway.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM officiated by Ethan Coltrain, Minister (Grandson) and Dr. Gene Andrews Minister, with both being held at Wilkinson Church of Christ located at 141 Wilkinson Station Road, Pantego, NC. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that all donations be made to Wilkinson Church of Christ Building Fund in memory of Sylvia Coltrain.

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Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Coltrain family.

Memorial Service

Thursday, August 22, 2019
2:00 PM

Wilkinson Church of Christ - Directions
141 Wilkinson Station Road
Pantego, NC 27860

Visiting Hours

Wilkinson Church of Christ - Directions
141 Wilkinson Station Road, Pantego, NC 27860
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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  • August 24, 2019
    Dolores Morgan says:
    I am so sorry for your loss and am sending much love ❤ and prayers for all of you.

  • August 23, 2019
    Joseph Paul Funeral Director says:
    I am sorry for your loss. I really Love your family and I always will.

  • August 23, 2019
    Brenda and Larry Barnes says:
    Jimmy and family you are in our prayers. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know she is resting now. Met Sylvia and Jimmy in late 1964 after we moved to Plymouth. Sylvia was one of my dearest friends and have so many fond memories of her and the good times we shared. She was always so sweet with a smile. After being transferred several times, we always stayed in touch and visited. Wonderful Memories.

  • August 22, 2019
    Jeff and Kay Woolard says:
    We are so very sorry for your loss and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • August 21, 2019
    Phyllis Dickerson says:
    Robert and Phyllis Dickerson

  • August 21, 2019
    Robert and Phyllis Dickerson says:
    To Jimmy and all of your family, We want to let you all know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear about Sylvia passing. Sylvia and I were classmates, and she always had a smile on her face and kind words for everyone. That is what I always remember about her. Just remember that the Lord will be with you Jimmy and all your family. We will be thinking about all of you. May Sylvia RIP Robert and Phyllis Dickerson

  • August 21, 2019
    Martha Neal says:
    Sending love and prayers for the family. Sylvia was a "Shining Light for The Lord". I feel blessed to have known her. I will miss her beautiful smile and her love for others. Love, Martha Neal

  • August 21, 2019
    Ray Baynor says:
    My deepest sympathy and prayer goes out to family. God give everyone strength in their time of sorrow. All of you are on my mind and in my heart.

  • August 21, 2019
    Bryan & Sherry Hollowell says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May your memories keep her close in your heart and bring comfort to you.

  • August 20, 2019
    Marsha & Glenn Roper says:
    So sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • August 20, 2019
    Crystal Taylor says:
    I am so sorry. Thinking & sending prayers to you all.

  • August 20, 2019
    shirley smith says:
    Bridgette and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you are traveling down the road of losing a loved one. I know Gods love and comfort is with all of you.

  • August 20, 2019
    Jimmie Southerland says:
    Such a sweet Lady! Our hearts and prayers go out for you all.

  • August 20, 2019
    Linda Shavender Sluck says:
    Have many beautiful memories of my dear cousin, Sylvia, and our childhood days playing on the farm. Her little platinum bob hair cut and laughing eyes really stand out in my memory of her. We always had so much fun. And we grew up and older watching her beautiful family come into being. I didn't get to see you much because we were so far apart in miles but always together in our hearts. I know there is great joy in heaven with Uncle Herman and Aunt Sadie Rae...❤.

  • August 20, 2019
    Kristi Williams says:
    May God comfort your family in this sad time. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • August 20, 2019
    Lorna and Billy Sheppard says:
    Connie and family, Prayers for comfort. God is there with you all and will be your source of strength. Cherish the memories. Lorna and Billy Sheppard

  • August 20, 2019
    Alice & Larry Murph says:
    Our love, prayers and sincere sympathy to your precious family. Love in Christ, Alice & Larry

  • August 19, 2019
    Lori Lilley says:
    Moss Sylvia was a rare gem and will truly be missed. To her family, you are n my prayers

  • August 19, 2019
    Brenda and Darrell Midgette says:
    Sending prayers , I remember her through years growing up and classmate of my brother. Hold her memories in your heart and smiles on your face.

  • August 19, 2019
    Pam Cramer says:
    I was sad to hear about the loss of your Mom. Please know that I am praying for you and the family and may you cherish all the great memories you created with your Mom. Pay attention to pennies from Heaven, blue birds, red robins, butterflies, rainbows and such. While life in the physical does end for all of us, love and energy continues. She is ALWAYS with you! ~

  • August 19, 2019
    Faye Rose says:
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • August 19, 2019
    Sue says:
    This special lady will always and forever have a place in my heart. Her smile will always be a light unto my path! I love you "Miss" Sylvia

  • August 19, 2019
    Carla Simpkins says:
    Sending my condolences to the family! She was such a sweet lady.

  • August 19, 2019
    Kimberly Vernon says:
    Thinking of you all during this rough time. Sending love and thoughts your way.