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Coley Gray Harmon, affectionately known as “Pop Pop”, was born February 20, 1951. He was the son of Frances Harmon Hopkins & Coley Winstead. Coley married Elisa M. Davis who he met in Columbia South Carolina while both worked for the South Carolina Department of Correction.
Coley separated from this life on Monday, May 15, 2023, to be with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He attended elementary school in Delaware and graduated from William C. Jason High School. Coley’s work accomplishments began with General Food. He then was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1973 where he served for 25 years. He had various duties: cook, Dining Facility Manager, Drill Sergeant, Food service instructor, 1st Sergeant, and Food Service Inspector. He then retired from the military in 1994. He became a Food Service Supervisor working for the SC Department of Correction. He was American Red Cross CPR certified and Serve Safe Certified. While in the military, he attended 2 years of college at Central Texas College.
In addition to his many accomplishments, he became a member of the world’s oldest fraternity while overseas. He then joined Lodge #132 in Maryland and earned his 32nd Degree as a Freemason.
Coley then moved back to DE and took a job with the State of DE as an Adult Education Culinary Art Teacher. Coley then decided to go back to work with the military as a private contractor overseas as a Food Service Supervisor. While there, he was the overseer of a budget of over two million dollars a year, while managing and supervising over two hundred employees, which he did for 5 years. Coley worked for Kidz, Inc where he was the cook. Not only did he enjoy cooking for the children, but he also enjoyed standing at the bus stop with the children making sure they got on the bus safely. The children and staff loved Coley and he became known to all the children and staff as “Pop Pop.”
Coley attended Faith Hope & Love Christian Fellowship Inc where Cousin Ralph is the Pastor. When there was lunch served after service you could find Coley in the kitchen or when there was a cookout he would be on the grill and his wife would be there right by his side. He enjoyed working in the kitchen with his cousins Ralph and Willie. They always had a good time laughing while overworking Cousin Ralph.
Coley is preceded in death by his bother Melvin L Hopkins Jr. and sister Brenda Mary Harmon
Coley leaves to cherish memories his mother Frances Hopkins and his wife Elisa Harmon. 3 bothers Tyrone Harmon, Henry Harmon (Jean), Anthony Hopkins and 1 sister Barbara Wright. aunt Lydia Wright and uncle Granville Harmon; his children Coley Harmon Muhammad, Bryan Harmon (Wanda), Rodney Harmon (Yvette), Keenan Harmon, Arturo Foster and Tanisha Foster. Included are 11 grandchildren, Sonovia Harmon, Crystopher Harmon, Breana Cochran, Sterling Harmon, Aryana Misuraca, Jordan Harmon, Aliyah Harmon, Noah Harmon, Asia Harmon, Prianna Bookman and Romaro Cobb; 3 great grandchildren A’Laiyah Cochran, Kaylia Harmon, Zion Cochran 7 nephews and 1niece as well as a hosts of cousins and friends.
A funeral service will be at 12:00 P.M. Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Faith, Hope and Love Christian Fellowship, 218 N. Rehoboth Boulevard, Milford, DE 19963 where there will be a viewing from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Saturday. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.