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Angels In Our Midst (Coleman Nunnelley)

Updated: Tuesday, March 19 2013, 11:01 AM CDT
PENSACOLA - Coleman Nunnelley served his country as an Air Force pilot in World War Two. He went on to dental school and made Pensacola his adopted home. This is where he has spent a lifetime in service to his profession and to his community...Doing the work of an Angel in our Midst.Marilyn Rice, Longtime Dental patient; He's been my dentist for 58 years. We go back to Navy point when his office was there. He opened that office 60 years ago. Today, at 87, dr. Coleman Nunnelley is still practicing at the Fairfield Dental Center. Dr. Coleman Nunnelley, DDS; I love what I do, pure and simple. I've still got steady hands. His love of the profession, is equally matched by his love for people. Betty Robison, Former Office Manager; Dr. Nunnelley is the epitome of a true southern gentleman. He has mentored young people in high school.He has mentored young dentists.Even in the early days of his practice, he volunteered his time in local schools.Dr. Nunnelley; With a tongue blade and a flashlight and we'd see these kids with horrible teeth. Go back the next year, with a flashlight, same kids, horrible teeth, hadn't been able, we can't afford to go.Dr. Nunnelley recruited other dentists and provided free care for those children at the county-owned University Hospital. He was known to give charitable care at his office too.Sandy Moore, PJC Dental Instructor; I can remember when patients would come in to pay for their bill with pies, cooked chicken or a dinner of some sort. He would never turn anyone away, never turn anyone away.Dr. Nunnelley; We grew up on a farm and you helped each other. Our barn burned down and we had a barn warming. 'Cause this was during the depression. Sue. If you didn't help somebody, you didn't survive.Cecilia Coburger, PJC Dental Instructor; He has volunteered at PJC in the dental hygiene clinic for the past two years on Wednesday. That's the very clinic he co-founded in 1963 to grow Pensacola's own crop of hygienists.Dr. Nunnelley; Kellogg was giving grants. We got ourselves up there, you know, sometimes it's not what you know, it's who you know. And we got a contact and they gave us a hundred thousand dollars. That bought the equipment and then he taught for free until they could find instructors. He volunteers like that throughout the community and in his church.Rev. Larry White, Warrington Baptist Church; Just last summer, he cut grass at the church with a push mower and he'll do it this year too. He's just an inspiration.As he quietly battles terminal cancer, Dr. Nunnelley still commits every day to making every minute count for someone else.Dr. Nunnelley; My time is slipping.Second Timothy, the fourth chapter tell us; I fought the good fight, I kept the faith.Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. Angels In Our Midst (Coleman Nunnelley)


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