Welcome to the
memorial page for
Emmett Joseph Coleman III
September 28, 1954
~ August 19, 2019
Emmett Joseph Coleman III (Joey) was born September 28, 1954 in East Orange, NJ to the late Emmett Joseph Coleman Jr. and Beatrice Coleman. He was the second eldest of seven children. He was raised in Long Branch, NJ where he graduated from Long Branch High School in 1972. Joey joined the United States Army in 1972 to 1983 after which he attended Florida A & M (FAMU).
Joey worked various jobs, until he began his long and successful journey with congenital heart disease. Two heart transplants later, Joey became one of the longest living double heart transplant recipients. Although he was considered disabled, he lived life: thankful, grateful with love and grace.
Joey is survived by his loving siblings: Beverly, Howard, Carol, Gary, Rosella, and Kim; his son Melvin Freeman and 7 grandchildren; nieces and nephews: Tracey, Charisse, Anya, DaNay, Anthony, Dashon, Jeremy, Derrick, Kai and Trey as well as a host of great nieces, nephews, family, church family, many great friends and his beloved companion Mary Rogers.
Known as Emmett to friends, Joey and uncle Joe Joe to family, his love touched us deeply and is forever imprinted in our hearts.