Huntington, WV Black History

Joe and Janella Coleman

Entrepreneur, Teaching Assistant

Janella Berger Coleman (teaching assistant) and Joe Louis Coleman (entrepreneur) have served their community for decades.

The couple married in 1954 and had three children. After the children were grown, Janella became a devoted teaching assistant and touched the lives of countless children at Cammack and Spring Hill elementary schools. In response to a request from Ella Ritter, the owner of Ritter Furniture on 3rd Avenue, Janella also served on the Panel of American Women.

Joe was employed at Inco Alloys, but soon pursued his entrepreneurial spirit by establishing a thriving air conditioning repair business. Joe serviced businesses across the city. Many knew and supported his television-radio repair shop, “Mutt and Jeff.”

Joe’s passion for service extended beyond the realm of business. He served on the Parks and Recreation Board. Moreover, striving to enhance the well-being of children in his community he, took on the task of establishing and leading the first Black Boy Scout Troop 511. For more than a decade, Joe mentored and nurtured young scouts, fostering a sense of camaraderie, growth and accomplishment.

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