Herman Lawrence Coles

#1172, b. 3 Jan 1926, d. 24 Nov 1948
Last Edited:22 Aug 2014
FatherLucius Guy Coles b. 20 Apr 1903, d. 23 Nov 1934
MotherHattie Delphimer Hoffpauir b. about 1905, d. 29 Nov 1982
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Benjamin Lippincott Coles Sr.

Outline of Life Events:

BirthHerman Lawrence Coles was born on 3 Jan 1926 at Leonville, St. Landry Parish, LA.1
Census1930, sonHerman Coles (given age 4 3/12) was enumerated as a son of Guy Coles (given age 26) on the 1930 Census. They lived at St. Landry Parish, LA.2
Census1940, sonHerman Coles (given age 14) was enumerated on the 1940 Census as a son of Hettie Coles (given age 33), living at Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA. He attended school and had completed the sixth grade.3
MilitaryHerman Lawrence Coles served in the military during World War II, as a Seaman 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy Reserves.4
MarriageHe married Thelma Sanders.5
DeathHerman Lawrence Coles died at age 22 due to shock and hemorrhage following a fractured skull and cerebral hemorrhage on 24 Nov 1948 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. He fell from a second story gallery at his apartment house, directly over the spot where he was later found unconscious, bleeding from the mouth and ears. He died at the hospital without ever regaining consciousness.5,6
BurialHe was buried at Myrtle Grove Cemetery in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, LA.5


  1. [S27] Edmond Coles Family Bible. Held by Charles Denis Rivette, Houston, TX.
  2. [S417] 1930 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  3. [S787] 1940 U.S. Census. LA. St. Landry Parish. population schedule.
  4. [S325] Myrtle Grove Cemetery. Opelousas, St. Landry, LA, USA. Headstone.
  5. [S312] The New Orleans Times Picayune. New Orleans, LA.
  6. [S169] Louisiana Statewide Death Index, 1900-1960. Website. Online http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/…