The late Nettie Coad at a GHDC meeting

Video of Nettie Coad at a GHDC meeting


Remembering Nettie on this Historic Day


Resolution from Greensboro City Council

Greensboro City Council Meeting – July 17, 2012

Under the video on the page, click on the drop down menu that says “jump to…” and click #5.

Councilmember Kee and Mayor Pro-Tem Johnson introduced and read into the record a resolution honoring the memory of the late Nettie L. Coad.

Councilmember Bellamy-Small moved adoption of the resolution. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Matheny; the resolution was adopted on the following roll call vote: Ayes: Abuzuaiter, Bellamy-Small, Hoffmann, Johnson, Kee, Matheny, Perkins, Vaughan and Wade. Noes: None.

Councilmember Bellamy-Small presented the resolution to the family; and Mayor Perkins spoke to Ms. Coad’s dedication to community service.


WHEREAS, on April 10, 2012, this community lost one of its outstanding community leaders with the death of the late Nettie L. Coad;

WHEREAS, Coad, a native of Anderson, South Carolina, was a 1953 graduate of James B. Dudley High School where she remained active on campus and as a member of the National Alumni Association; and furthered her education at Greensboro Technical Community College (GTCC) and The Marin Institute;
WHEREAS, during her twenty-three year career at Sears, Coad started out as a packer in the catalog distribution center and retired as an assistant manager;

WHEREAS, she later became the Executive Director of The Partnership Project where she worked for eighteen years;
WHEREAS, Coad was a founding member of Saint Paul Baptist Church where she served as church secretary, choir member, missionary ward member, scout leader, and most recently on the anniversary planning committee;

WHEREAS, Coad resided near an apartment complex that bears her name; and was instrumental in reviving the Ole Asheboro Neighborhood rallying her community to help itself through her involvement on the Redevelopment Commission, Concerned Citizens of North East Greensboro, and a coalition of business people and Ole Asheboro residents;
WHEREAS, the recipient of many awards, some of the more recent which include National Finalist (w/Susanne Plichik) – Institute for Sustainable Community, Leadership for a Changing World; Sojourner Truth Award – National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.; Outstanding Service Award – Moses Cone Wesley Long Community Health Foundation; Annual Heritage Award – Reid Memorial CME Church; The People’s Institute Community Organizing Award; and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award (shared w/ Suzanne Plichik) – Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation;

WHEREAS, the City Council wishes to express its sense of loss and its sincere appreciation and gratitude for the many years of dedicated public service rendered by Nettie L. Coad the outstanding contributions she has made to the community, and the legacy she leaves.


1. That the City Council hereby expresses, on behalf of the citizens of Greensboro, a deep sense of loss and a feeling of respect and gratitude for the life of Nettie L. Coad.
2. That a copy of this resolution shall be delivered to the family of the late Nettie L. Coad as a symbol of the gratitude of the people of Greensboro for her many contributions to this community.

(Signed) T. Dianne Bellamy-Small

In Her Own Words About Ole Asheboro

“I have seen both good transformation and destruction in my neighborhood,” says Nettie. “I think we must understand what is dividing us and the underlining causes of neighborhood destruction before we can redirect and rebuild. My passion for preserving Ole Asheboro comes from a drive to have those in power understand these dynamics and apply equity in decisions making. I feel rich, and to me, rich is to be understood and feel safe in a city where everyone is cared for and respected. I care so much about Ole Asheboro because it is a historical neighborhood that should be preserved and because I care about all of our city.”

Resolution from Guilford County Commissioners

Agenda – May 3, 2012 – Guilford County Commissioners


WHEREAS, Guilford County lost one of its truest community servants and leaders with the passing of Ms. Nettie L. Coad on April 10, 2012
and the Board of Commissioners wishes to honor her exceptional legacy; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Coad was born on January 30, 1936 in Anderson, South Carolina, and married the late Willie R. Coad in 1954, the marriage
lasting 49 years until his passing in 2003; and,

WHEREAS, Ms. Coad was a 1953 graduate of James B. Dudley High School and remained active on the campus as a member of its National
Alumni Association and furthered her education in Management and Supervision and Substance Abuse Counseling at Guilford Technical
Community College and in Community Building at The Marin Institute; and

WHEREAS, in 1970, Ms. Coad began a career with Sears Catalog Merchandise Distribution Center as a packer and retired in 1993 as
assistant manager of one of its largest departments, then, in 1994, co-founded the Partnership Project, an organization that educates people
about undoing racism and for which she served as Executive Director; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Coad was a dedicated community servant, volunteering her time for numerous organizations serving Guilford County and
working to enrich the lives of others. She was a founding member of Saint Paul Baptist Church where she served in numerous capacities; Co-
Chair of the Guilford County Democratic Party; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1988; Chairwoman of the Guilford County
Senior Democrats; Chairwoman of the City of Greensboro Redevelopment Commission; and President of the Ole Asheboro Neighborhood
Association. She served on the boards of The Affordable Housing Group of North Carolina, the Moses Cone Wesley Long Community Health
Foundation, the Moses Cone Health System, Preservation Greensboro, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. She was also a
member of The John R. Kernodle, Jr. Memorial Scholarship selection committee, the Greensboro Neighborhood Congress, Project
Greensboro, and a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative; and

WHEREAS, a common thread among Ms. Coad’s many contributions was her tireless advocacy for human rights, with much of this advocacy
focused on bettering the lives of those she touched in her community in east Greensboro. As the Greensboro News & Record observed in
reflecting on her passing: “She was a gentle champion for the community, with a warm smile and friendly eyes and a dogged conviction that
things would be better. Or else. She refused to settle for less.”; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Coad’s contributions and achievements did not go unnoticed during her lifetime and she had fittingly received numerous
awards and honors including the Outstanding Dedication Award by the Guilford County Democratic Party, the Community Service Award
from the City of Greensboro, the Women of Distinction Award from the African American Atelier, the Community Service Award from the
NAACP, the Bell Ringer Image Role Model Award from Bennett College, the Human Service Award from the Greensboro Chamber of
Commerce, the Levi Coffin Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of
Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award from the Z. Smith
Reynolds Foundation, the People’s Institute Community Organizing Award, the Annual Heritage Award from Reid Memorial CME Church,
the Outstanding Service Award from the Moses Cone Wesley Long Community Health Foundation, and a resolution by the Greensboro City
Council naming the Nettie Coad Apartments in her honor; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Coad leaves to cherish her memory her sons Henry J. Lewis, W. Perry Coad, and James Sharper, her sisters Nancy Lewis
Alston, Nelda Kay Wallace, and Weesie Person, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners that it hereby expresses its appreciation and
admiration for the life of Ms. Nettie L. Coad and extends its sincere condolences to her family and friends in her passing.

ADOPTED this the 3rd day of May, 2012.

Greensboro City Council Meeting

Greensboro City Council Meeting – April 21, 2009

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From the Minutes of the meeting:

Mayor Johnson introduced a presentation by Nettie Coad, 706 Martin Luther King Drive, on the historical
perspective of the Ole Asheboro Street Neighborhood and requested funding to complete the revitalization project. Ms.
Coad indicated that the project would dovetail with the revitalization efforts of South Side and the East Market Street
Corridor and reiterated the community’s desire to complete the redevelopment project.

Council expressed their appreciation for the advocacy efforts and steadfastness of Nettie Coad over the decades in
her advocacy efforts in neighborhood redevelopment. Staff was directed to compile a historical perspective relevant to
progress in the neighborhood and devise alternate funding sources in conjunction with a projected timeline.

2011 NC SOPHE Conference

2011 NC SOPHE Annual Conference

Nettie was a guest speaker at this conference. The theme for the conference was “Liberty, Justice and Health Equity for All in Public Health: Are We Reaching the Vision?” She and two others spoke on “Enhancing the Field of Public Health through Health Equity Training.”

Views on personalized medicine

Views on personalized medicine: do the attitudes of African American and white prescription drug consumers differ?

Nettie was a contributor to this article that was published in the Public Health Genomics Journal.

A Matter of Survival: Volunteering

A Matter of Survival: Volunteering

From The Points of Light Foundation: “Deep appreciation to Nettie Coad for her insight and for allowing us to adopt “A Matter of Survival.”

Prevention & Wellness Across the Life Span

Community Expertise in CBPR: Beyond incentives to compensation

Nettie was a contributor to this presentation and would have been a presenter at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting.