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Wes Coltrane

April 23, 1941 May 14, 2019
Wes  Coltrane
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Obituary for Wes Coltrane

Durham: Lt. Col. Ret. Wes Coltrane, 78, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at his home in Norlina, NC. He was born in Durham, the son of the late Carl Wesley Coltrane, Sr. and Eunice Burns Coltrane. In addition to his parents, Mr. Coltrane was also predeceased by a grandson, Caleb Stocking.

Mr. Coltrane was a member of Amis Chapel Church and a retired Lt. Colonel of the U.S. Army. He was awarded numerous recognitions for his service to his country. Those include the Army Service Ribbon, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Commendations Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Master Parachute Badge, Master Aviator Badge and the Legion of Merit. Mr. Coltrane received extensive military education; he attended command staff college, a jumpmaster course, infantry officer advance course, multi-engine qualification course, rotary wing aviator course, airborne course, signal school, motor officer course and infantry school. He also graduated with a Master’s of Art Degree. He had a love for the outdoors, especially fishing, boating and hunting. Mr. Coltrane also had a love for dogs.

Mr. Coltrane is survived by his wife, Donna Coltrane; sons, Brian W. Coltrane (Kelly); Stan E. Tilley (Dawn); daughters Wendy T. Stocking (Greg), Paula T. Floyd (Frank); brother, John Coltrane; grandchildren, Amos Tilley (Jenna), Dillon Floyd, Savannah Tilley, Rachel Coltrane, David Coltrane, Dale Floyd, Joshua Stocking; and great-granddaughter, Emma K. Williams.

A visitation will be held Saturday, May 18th from 2-4 pm at Clements Funeral Home, Durham. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Craig Phelps officiating. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at Salisbury National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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2:00 PM 5/18/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 5/18/2019 4:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Home
1105 Broad St. Durham 27705 NC
United States

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4:00 PM 5/18/2019 4:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham
1105 Broad Street Durham 27705 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Salisbury National Cemetery Final Resting Place

501 Statesville Blvd.
Salisbury, NC 28144

501 Statesville Blvd. Salisbury 28144 NC
United States

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