Lucy's Burgers and Beverages owner retires after 51 years

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 4:28 p.m. CDT; updated 5:20 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 20, 2009

COLUMBIA — Every afternoon, around 4 p.m., Lucille “Lucy” Coleman would make her way down the hill from her mobile home in McBaine to Lucy’s Burgers and Beverages, the bar she owned and operated for 51 years. She’d order a “special Diet Coke” with a splash of vodka on ice.  After two heart attacks, her children complained that her daily refreshment was made with alcohol, but Coleman insisted her doctors approved.