Coleman Funeral Home Gifts Families Ornaments of Their Loved Ones – 2021

Oxford Funeral Home Gives Back to Families This Christmas Season

Coleman Funeral Home Gifts Families Ornaments of Their Loved Ones


Coleman Funeral Home gifted families with holiday decorations to remember their loved ones at their ornament exchange on December 16. This annual event provides families with a time to reflect on the good memories with others during the Christmas season.


Made of crystal glass, the ornaments include the loved one’s name and their dates of birth and death. These ornaments help family and friends remember their loved ones and feel like they are still part of the family’s Christmas traditions.


Families picking up their ornament had the opportunity to connect with others going through similar experiences.


Doris Cobb, the daughter and caretaker of Odell Gregory visited Coleman Funeral Home to pick up her mother’s ornament. Cobb and Emily Morrison, Business Office Manager at Coleman Funeral Home, spent time reminiscing and laughing about the times they spent with Gregory, who died in October of 2021.


“My mother had Alzheimer’s and she loved sweets,” said Cobb. “I remember when we moved her out, I found candy hidden everywhere in her drawers. The candy was so heavy it broke the bottom of the drawers!”


Morrison remembered Gregory’s caring spirit.


“I always remember her having an open door, you could always come in if she was home,” said Morrison. “She cared for everyone and would always make sure you were fed.”


Coleman Funeral Home recognize that the first holiday season after a loved one passes is difficult. They know how important it is to stay in touch and check in with families.


“We know how hard losing a loved one can be,” said Glenn Coleman, co-owner and president of Coleman Funeral Home. “We want families to know that we are here for them beyond their loved one’s service. We will continually reach out and connect with them.”


If you or your family are pre-planning for or have questions about the funeral process, call Coleman Funeral Home at (662) 234-3900. You can also visit them at 601 Commerce Parkway Oxford, MS 38655.

Saying Goodbye to a Legend – Coach John Howard Vaught

Saying Goodbye to a Legend

Written by Jeremy Roberts

John Vaught is truly a legend at The University of Mississippi. Many people say he is our version of Alabama’s Bear Bryant, but to us – he is our football king.

Vaught coached the Rebels for 25 seasons and led them to three national championships (1959, 1960, and 1962). He still holds the record number of wins (190), along with appearing in 18 different bowl games (including eight Sugar Bowls) with a 10-8 record.

He was not like a coach of the present. He did not wear a headset on the field and never got his suit dirty. The quarterback ran the plays as Vaught stood watching on the sidelines and would only call plays for field goals or punting, but only when needed.

“He always wore a coat and tie. He was also real good looking and always wore the hat,” Warner Alford, Alumni Association executive director and former player, said. “He had the first pair of alligator shoes I had ever seen. He was very dignified and never got his suit dirty. He had command of the sideline.”

Before Vaught, there was Harold (Red) Drew of Bates in 1946. During Drew’s time, Vaught was a line coach. Once Drew resigned as head coach, Vaught took the reigns as a former All-American at TCU.

Vaught ultimately changed the face of Ole Miss Rebel Football in many ways.

Chancellor Robert Khayat, also a former player of Vaught’s, remembers that “until he came, Ole Miss Football was just another team in a small conference. We really did not arrive on the national scene until his 1959 team beat Maryland and won the South Eastern Conference Championship. That is when he really stepped up Ole Miss football.”

Alford recounts the same. “Vaught took Ole Miss from a different level, he took Ole Miss to a national level. He took a struggling program to one of consistent winning that led them to the national level. He took Mississippi boys and won with them.”

In his first season, 1947, the Rebels won their first of six SEC titles with a 9-2 record. (The Rebels also won SEC titles in 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, and 1963.)

Vaught’s 1959 team finished with a record of 10-1, only given up three touchdowns all year, to become the SEC Team of the Decade (1950-1959) and was ranked the third best collegiate football team from 1956 to 1995.

While playing in Hemingway Stadium, later renamed Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in his honor, Vaught made this one of the toughest places in the nation for opposing teams to compete against the Rebels.

From 1952-1964, Vaught’s Rebels had a 34-game home field streak, which included 21-straight victories from 1952-1959.

During his first time as coach, the Rebels were ranked at the top of the Associated Press polls for three weeks during the 1960 season and one during the 1961 season. In 1964, the Rebels were ranked number one in the preseason with the Associated Press.

During this time, the Rebels were among one of the most winningest programs in the country.

Vaught returned as head coach for one season in 1973, while still as athletic director for the University.

During his 25 seasons, his final record was 190 wins, 61 losses and 12 tied games. He is the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA Division I history.

Off the field, Vaught’s persona changed little. He was still very dignified and refined.

“He was kind of a private person,” Warner said. “The people he was close to, he was very open with them. He was very intelligent. He believed in himself and he could have been successful at anything he tried.”

Khayat said he was a warm person who loved to have a good time.

“He was funny and loved to dance – even until he was 94 years old. He really loved his friends and family,” Khayat said. “His life reflected the disciplined mind he had. He did not say things twice. His words were always clear.”

John Vaught will always be remembered as a legend to Ole Miss football and to this community. He will never be forgotten as a coach, father, husband, friend and mentor to many people.

“Legends are made from great people and they are never forgotten that is why Coach Vaught will always be a legend,” Alford said. “Legends are made out of men like John Vaught.”


Reprinted from The Ole Miss 2006, where Jeremy Roberts served as Editor-in-Chief for the 110th edition of The University of Mississippi’s yearbook.


Additional information –

Coach John Howard Vaught passed on February 3, 2006, in Oxford, MS.  Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements on February 9, 2006, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, MS. This year, 2019, marks 13 years since Coach Vaught’s passing.  This year, 2019, is also the 15th year anniversary of Coleman Funeral Home. Coleman Funeral Home was honored to be a part of his service, forever grateful for his family entrusting his services and final wishes with our family.

Story reprinted from The Ole Miss 2006

New products preserve memories

Judy Wood, owner of Cotton Wood Designs, specializes in hand-creating unique designs out of a loved one’s clothing which she carefully crafts onto pillows, quilts or ornaments. Her products are now offered at Coleman Funeral Home as another way to keep valued memories of a loved one alive.

Coleman offers new option to keep loved ones close


A commitment to keeping the memories of loved ones alive has driven a new partnership between Coleman Funeral Home and Judy Wood, owner of Cotton Wood Designs.

Judy Wood specializes in hand-creating unique designs out of a loved one’s clothing which she carefully crafts onto pillows, quilts or ornaments.

“It’s important to keep the memories of a loved one alive after they have passed by acknowledging the individuality of their personality, and the uniqueness of their life’s path,” said Glenn Coleman, co-owner of Coleman Funeral Home.

“Judy’s handmade designs truly preserve memories while also telling a story,” said Coleman. “We are grateful to provide this option to families looking to keep loved ones close.”

T-shirts, sweatshirts, ties and other clothing can be included on Wood’s products. Clothing does not have to be in perfect condition.

“A loved one’s clothing is synonymous with them,” said Wood. “Whether it was their favorite tie, the t-shirt from their high school reunion or from their favorite restaurant, clothing tells the story of a life.”

By crafting clothing onto an item that can be kept near the family memories remain alive said Wood.

“A pillow or a blanket can be put on the couch and kept close to the family,” she said. “It sparks conversation with new friends and talks of old memories with family. It makes sure someone is still part of the family.”

The partnership with Wood was sparked after Jeremy Roberts, director of operations and event services at Coleman Funeral Home, contacted Wood for his own quilt.

“I gave her my old favorite shirts and she crafted them into a quilt that visualized my story on a crafted timeline,” said Roberts.

Wood said the idea for her products came from her desire to preserve the memories of her children’s lives through the t-shirts they had collected.

“I realized my children had a lot of shirts just tucked away,” said Wood. “I wasn’t sure what to do with them. Each item had a memory attached to it. I felt it was important to maintain those memories in a way that kept them around and not just in a drawer.”

She said that is when she decided to craft the shirts into a quilt that has remained a part of the family.

“All of the shirts are now on a quilt,” she said. “They are still in the house and part of the family. Every time we are around the quilt a new conversation about an old memory starts.”

Wood said she hopes her products can spark the same conversations about a loved one for families of Coleman Funeral Home.

“Memories of our loved ones are what matter the most,” said Wood. “For families of Coleman, preserving those memories are of the utmost importance.”

“I think choosing something that keeps those memories near is a great way to continue to tell someone’s story,” said Wood. “I hope these products can tell those cherished memories for families of Coleman.”

Not into funerals? How to plan a celebration of life instead


As published in The DeSoto Times-Tribune on Thursday, Nov. 23, and The Oxford Eagle on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

“We only want a cremation or burial. We don’t want a funeral.”

Glenn Coleman, Coleman Funeral Home

You might be surprised by how often we hear that, when families come to our office after a loved one’s death.

It’s not that they don’t care about the person they’ve lost. It’s that they don’t want to replicate the kind of funerals and visitations they’ve been to.

Traditionally, of course, we accept people’s condolences in a receiving line and gather for a service in a chapel or church. For many of us, there’s comfort in walking through those familiar rituals after the loss of a loved one.

But plenty of people don’t feel that way. To avoid having a traditional visitation and funeral, they’d choose to have no memorial gathering at all.

Fortunately for those families, there are plenty of other ways to bring people together to celebrate a life.

Here are four ways to rethink the traditional funeral:

Give yourself time

Particularly here in the South, families tend to feel an urgency about having some type of service as soon as possible after a death.

But especially as more people choose cremation, families have more time than they may realize to plan a memorial event. The priority becomes scheduling around people who are traveling from out-of-town, and making sure the event is full of meaning for everyone.

When you’re celebrating the life of someone you’ve loved, it’s less important to do it quickly than to do it well.

Make it personal

How can you make a memorial gathering personal? By reflecting all the passions, experiences and relationships that made your loved one’s life unique.

One of our favorite things to hear from families after a memorial event is “She would have loved that,” or “It felt just like him.” That lets us know the event was done right.

Whether you’re making your own arrangements in advance or planning a loved one’s memorial, we invite you to go beyond just giving your funeral director the standard obituary information.

What gave your loved one the most joy in life? What kind of music did they love?  Where was their favorite place to travel?

The more your funeral director can understand about the person you’ve lost, the more he or she can design a memorial that captures who they were.

Be creative

As funerals evolve to become more casual and personalized, there’s no limit today to what families can plan to honor their loved one. At Coleman Funeral Home, we have an in-house professional event director who works with families to plan events that truly reflect the loved one they’ve lost.

What does that look like? Here are some examples from this past year at Coleman Funeral Home:

  • For a tailgating enthusiast — We transformed our chapel into the Grove, with food and drinks served beneath an Ole Miss tent bedecked in red-and-blue twinkle lights. Burlap tablecloths and a bouquet of cotton bolls made for a festive, Southern scene.
  • For a singer — Friends played a song they had written for the late woman in her youth, when she’d been a singer in a church trio and on the radio. A tailored playlist of favorite songs played before and after storytelling and reminiscing.
  • For a veteran — A bagpiper played songs the family had chosen, then a custom video showcased the military service of the late man and his family. After a simple service, family members who had come together from a distance shared a meal together while the man’s favorite music played and old home movies showed on the projector.

Set your own budget

When families feel free to reinterpret tradition, there’s no limit to the possibilities in how they choose to honor a life. Except, of course, when it comes to cost.

For some families, the decision not to have a funeral service comes down to expense. But families have options in that category, too. A memorial gathering doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Even the simplest memorial gathering can help begin the healing process, and save you from regrets down the road.

How can your family plan ahead for meaningful memorials within your budget? By shopping around for funeral care, just like you would any other service.

At Coleman Funeral Home, people are often surprised to find they can get all the services they need for half as much money as they expected to pay. We believe a high-quality, meaningful service should be within reach for everyone. We also post all our prices online, so that you can make the best choices for your family.

Give us a call in Oxford at (662) 234-3900 or in Olive Branch at (662) 893-3900, or come visit either of our locations.

Let’s talk about how to make sure your memorial gathering is exactly what you want it to be.