Benzina Coleman

  • Born: September 22, 1933
  • Died: March 12, 2021
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Geitner/Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

6230 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120

Tel. (215) 224-6300

Tribute & Message From The Family


Benzina Coleman (Mom, Bennie, Grandmom and Mother Coleman) was born in Charleston, South Carolina. She was the baby daughter of the late Benjamin Gerideau and the late Lucille Jones. Benzina was preceded in death by her eldest biological sister Kathleen Gerideau-Carter in March of 1948. Benzina was educated in the Charleston school system. Arithmetic was one of her favorite subjects of education. Athletically, she dominated the sport of baseball, holding the positions of outfielder, pitcher and first baseman.

Benzina was very mature at a young age and was given many responsibilities. Due to the ill health of her family members, Benzina's education was cut short as she took care of her step mother and uncle along with raising her step sisters and brothers. After the passing of her family members, Benzina pursued the career of housekeeping and care giver full time.

In 1954, she married Morris Bussie, and out of that union are the eldest children: Laura Johnson, Benjamin Bussie and Morris Bussie Jr. Then in 1959, she met Ronald Coleman and from that union were daughters Rhonda Coleman and Kathleen Smith (Robert) and her stepson, Ronald Dorsey..
Benzina began her relationship with Christ when she became a member of Second Macedonia Baptist Church in 1982. She later joined Faith Tabernacle Church of the Living God. She served on the Usher Board, the Ward Ensemble, the Mass Choir, the Missionary Board and also began the first Beautification Committee at Faith Tabernacle. Benzina was baptized on November 17, 1987 and from there excepted Christ as her personal savior.

Her most memorable moments she would always say was to be employed with a sixth grade education, purchasing her first car at age 56, her surprised 80th birthday celebration, vacationing in Wildwood and taking that breathtaking trip to Hawaii. Her southern style of cooking was unique with a pinch of this and a dash of that along with her baker skills which was off the chart. She was an avid gardener, seamstress, and interior designer, quiet as kept.
Her legacy of love leaves to cherish her sons: Benjamin, Morris, stepson Ronald and her daughters: Laura, Rhonda, Kathleen, daughter in Christ Jean Polk, grandchildren: Benzina (BeBe), Hassan, Brian, Morris, Marty(Shayla), Michael, Benjamin (BJ), Christina (Robert), Antoinette, Robert (Michelle), Devin, LaRae, greatgrands and great-greatgrands, with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to Benzina's Life Celebration on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. followed by her funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Tabernacle Church of the Living God, 553 Spruce St, Camden, NJ 08103. The service will be livestreamed on the Geitner-Givnish Life Celebration Home facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GeitnerGivnish at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will immediately follow at the church followed by Interment at Northwood Cemetery. Family services are entrusted under the care of Geitner-Givnish Funeral Home, 215-224-6300.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mother Coleman will truly be missed. The Harris family send their live and prayers. May God keep you and comfort you.May He surround you with His peace in Jesus name.

Posted by Jackie Harris - Phila, PA   March 26, 2021

This is Aunt Earline's daughter,Maxine. With deepest sympathy, we wish you all peace of heart, and God's comfort

Posted by Donnell, Maxine, and Don Freeman - Columbia, SC - Family   March 26, 2021

As you go thru the most difficult day of all Rhonda and Kathy you are in my thought and prayers but most of all God is carrying you thru.Love You

Posted by Jacqueline Mungin Mungin - Townsend, DE   March 26, 2021

Condolences to the Bussie Coleman Family our Hearts are saddened by the lost of Mom Benzina continue to stay Stong an continue to Walk in LOVE. She will be Greatly Missed by All. May God Continue to Bless you.Much Love

Posted by Charlene Bussie - SUITLANE, MD   March 25, 2021

Sending my love and my condolences to my church family. Matt and I will always love you Mother Coleman.

Posted by Yvette James(Dunlap) - Everett, WA - Family Friend   March 24, 2021

My heart and all my love goes out to the family,i fondly remember waiting Sunday Mornings for Ms Benny to take me to Sunday school. She was special to me and i will never forget her or that. God has truly gained an Angel, Rhonda and Rae i know i haven't mentioned it in a while nor seen you guys but i love you& stay strong! Im 1phone call away always....

Posted by Patricia D. (Trish) Moore - Phila, PA - Family Friend   March 24, 2021

Dear Coleman Family, Our hearts are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and Mother in the Lord. Mother Benzina Coleman brought so much love and joy into our lives. We didn't want her to leave us but we know that to absent in the body is to present with the Lord. So, rest on Mother Coleman. You fought a good fought a good fight! After while we will see you again. Our love and Prayers are extended to the family!

Posted by Pastor Barbara Jones - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   March 24, 2021

My sincere condolences to Evangelist Laura Johnson and family.

Posted by Michael Barnes - Washington, DC - Friend   March 24, 2021


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