Harriet Coleman Cox, 75, affectionately known as "Way-Way", peacefully joined her spiritual family in heaven on Monday, August 30, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Cox was born on May 9, 1946 in Florence County, she was the daughter of the late Alvin "Bill" Atwell Coleman and Alice Elizabeth "Lib" Munn Coleman. She attended Pamplico schools, led her basketball team to a state championship in 1963, and made the All-State Team as a junior. Harriet attended her first year of college at Columbia College where she met many of her dear, lifelong friends. She transferred to the University of South Carolina to pursue her Physical Education degree. There she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was named Who's Who among her college peers. After graduating with cum laude honors, she taught her first few years of P. E. in Charleston, SC then at Airport High School in Columbia. Harriet then moved to her hometown of Pamplico where she taught P.E. and science for 29 years.
One of her many passions was coaching. She coached middle school and girls' varsity basketball and also boys' and girls' tennis at Hannah-Pamplico. She led countless teams to state playoffs. She also coached varsity tennis at Kings Academy in Florence for many years. After retiring, Harriet continue to reach the children of her community through her kids' summer tennis camps and private tennis lessons. She raised money through her camps to have the town of Pamplico's tennis courts resurfaced for all to use. She was an amazing coach, mentor and friend to so many people, and her love of winning and positivity was contagious. On September 3, 2021, she will be inducted into Hannah-Pamplico's Hall of Fame for her dedication to coaching and teaching and her countless contributions to her students and school.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Harriet was a lifelong member of Pamplico United Methodist Church where she made donations, taught Sunday School, volunteered her time and was a faithful servant of God. She was also very involved in Seaside Emmaus Community, where she sponsored many pilgrims on their Christian journey. Her unwavering faith and love of Christ was always shown in every aspect of her life. She also served on Pamplico's Town Council for years as the leader of the town's Parks and Recreation.
Harriet loved all sports, especially football, and there wasn't a Friday night or Saturday you couldn't find her cheering on the HPH Raiders or her favorite Gamecocks. She was usually the loudest too! She was an avid tennis player and playing USTA tennis was one of her passions. Her teammates and partners can attest that winning was her favorite and she always gave 100 % at everything she did. She enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent countless days at her farm sharing her love of the outdoors with her friends, children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
A proud mother and "Way-Way" to her grandchildren, she is survived by her loving husband, Reverend George Walton Farrell Cox; her daughter, Meg (Mike) Balcer of Hanahan, SC, her son, Will (Amy) Stokes of Fort Mill, SC; stepchildren, David Cox of Spartanburg, SC, Cindy Gibson of Georgetown, SC; grandchildren, Liston Stokes, Kate Stokes, Bethany Gibson and Bricelin Balcer. She is also survived by her sister Elizabeth Anne "Annie" (Joe Mac) Bates of Irmo and many nieces and nephews and their children.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Alvin Atwell Coleman, Jr. and Dr. William Liston "Pert" Coleman and grandson, Bradley Clark.
Memorial services will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Pamplico United Methodist Church, Pamplico.
The family will receive friends from 11:00AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Pamplico United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to The Pamplico United Methodist Church, Hannah Pamplico Athletic Department, and Seaside Emmaus, PO Box 1084, Conway, SC 29528.
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