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.

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