Coleman Wayne “Buddha” Terrell, 36, a native of Swain County, answered his Master’s call on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, after many medical issues.

He was preceded in death by his daddy, Mike Terrell; and his sister, Megan Terrell.

He is survived by his wife, Tonya Terrell; son, Christian Hensley of the home; one stepdaughter, Dawn Thorp of Asheville, N.C.; one brother, Brian Terrell and wife, Christina; nephew, Gabriel Terrell; niece, Izabella Terrell who he loved like a daughter; his mother, Suzie Terrell; his aunts, Pat Kalonaheskie and husband Maurice, Libby Climbingbear and husband Chip; uncles, Don Thompson and wife Marlane, Curt Thompson and wife Gwen, all of Cherokee, N.C.; uncle, Bobby Thompson and wife Jean Ann of Albuquerque, N.M.; along with many beloved cousins. He leaves behind many friends who became family to him.

Coleman was a very generous person, and a kind, loving man. He loved the Lord and sharing his faith. His greatest legacy is that he strove daily to make other people’s lives better and for them to each know that they mattered. He loved the New York Yankees and loved watching WWE and football. He used to coach Little League for several years. He enjoyed his position as surveillance officer at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. He can be remembered best as a generous man and a friendly man who talked to everyone and never met a stranger. He will be missed.

A celebration of life was held on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, where his family received friends from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Soco Road in Cherokee, N.C. The Rev. John Ferree will officiated.

Floral arrangements for the home are requested and may be sent to the Cherokee United Methodist Church at 21 Echota Mission Drive, Cherokee, NC 28719.

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