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Ella Mae Coley was born on January 14, 1932 to Alphart and Vera Mae Hobson in Jackson, Mississippi. Ella Mae was educated in the public schools system in Mississippi. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to Cedell McDavid in Mississippi and they resettled in Florida in 1953.Upon arrival in Fort Pierce, Florida, Ella Mae joined the Apostolic Church of Jesus of Fort Pierce and was a lifelong member, ultimately being elevated to the title of Church Mother. On April 15, 1985, Ella Mae entered into Holy Matrimony to James Coley who she remained married until his death in 1993. During her career, Mother Coley worked for several organizations in the St. Lucie County area. Initially working for many years with the Baird Funeral Home. Mother Coley went on to work for companies to include: Springers Furniture, Sears, Walgreens, and finally the Council on Aging of St. Lucie County, retiring in 2012. Everywhere Mother Coley worked, she stood out as a dependable and outstanding employee.

Mother Coley dedicated her Christian Life to the Apostolic Church of Jesus in Fort Pierce. She served as Sunday School Superintendent, Pastor’s Aide President, President of the Church Choir, and a member of the Mothers Board. Mother Coley had a beautiful voice and was a member of the Otis Outler’s Singing Group, traveling throughout Florida singing the praises of God.

On March 30, 2018, surrounded by her family at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, God saw fi t to take Mother Coley to her heavenly home. In her homegoing, Mother Coley joins her parents; her husband, James Coley; her sister, Alberta Wilson; and her sons, James Hobson and Cedell McDavid, Jr. Left to cherish her memories are: her children - daughters, Dorothy (John) McMillian of Fort Pierce, Elizabeth McDavid of Jacksonville, FL, Nadine (Darrell) Drummond of Fort Pierce, Lauretta Wilson of Inglewood, CA, Patricia McDavid and Wanda McDavid of Fort Pierce; grandchildren, James Jamie McDavid, Cassandra “Peaches” Johnson, Meeko Holland, Albert Anderson, Jr., Wesley McMillian, Sekenyia McMillian, Th addeus Dampier, Sondra Richards, Jermaine Dampier, Marcus Dampier, Shawnee Dampier, Chris Benjamin,
Jr., Kelvan Drummond, Krystal Wilson, Bennett Agubata, Kimmie Wilson, Devious McDavid, Felecia Townsend, Monica McDavid, Nakia Bowe, Patrice Bowe, Kayla Bowe and Jabarey Warren; one Godson, Marcus Sanders; thirty-fi ve (35) great grandchildren; two (2) great-great grandchildren; and countless friends throughout the area that will miss her dearly.

A visitation for Mother Coley will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4– 7p.m. at Apostolic Church of Jesus – 16th Court Fort Pierce, Florida. A Funeral Service will be held on April 7, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. at St. Paul A.M.E. Church - Fort Pierce, Florida. Interment at Riverview Memorial Park, Fort Pierce, Florida.

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  • Friday, April 06, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stone Brothers Funeral Home
  • Friday, April 06, 2018
    May God Bless you and give you strength in the time of your loss. We will be praying for the family.
    ~ Mr. & Mrs. J. Foster   Vero Beach, FL
  • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    May the Lord strengthen you and give you peace in your time of sorrow. My prayers are with you.
    ~ Dorris Wilson-Miller   Fort Pierce, FL
  • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    May the Lord strengthen you and give you peace in your time of sorrow. My prayers are with you.
    ~ Dorris Wilson-Miller   Fort Pierce, FL
  • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    As Jabarey's high school football coach I only met Mother Coley a handful of times but one only had to meet her once to realize she was a very special women. A woman of of tremendous courage, character, and faith.
    ~ Coach Vercillo   Sebastian, FL
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in reading 2 Cor.1: 3,4.
    ~ Ron & Margaret Harry   Port St. Lucie, FL