It is with deep regret and sympathy that I report that I have just learned of the the passing of CVO member Charles ‘Smudge” Coleman on April 8th of this year. Smudge was an original member of the CVO Executive Committee. He was a Chef and cooked the food for the first five or six CVO fundraisers. He was the Treasurer of the organization. Up to just a year ago he was involved in the CVO Back to School program at Englewood High School and Fathers and Mothers United which sponsored that event.
Smudge was a presence! He was always bright and optimistic and a real leader. He made things happen. He served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. A number of years ago he moved to Paris: Paris, Tennessee. I believe his family was in that area. It’s outside Nashville and we talked about his commute to the Nashville VA. Smudge was my friend and we kept in touch after he moved. His birthday was the same day as mine: December 16th. We always joked about that!
Smudge Coleman will be missed. He will be remembered and honored for his service to Veterans (including CVO) and the Community. May he Rest In Peace!