The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Railroad Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Elder James Grier will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Whiteline Street, Montezuma, Georgia.
Deacon J.D. Colbert, Sr., favorably known as J.D. or Jam Boggy, was born in Macon County, Montezuma, Georgia on December 19, 1916 to the late Mr. Ben (Cora) Patterson. Deacon J. D. departed this life on September 23, 2015 at the Montezuma Health Care in Montezuma, Georgia.
Having been reared and lived his life in Macon County, he received his early education in Macon County Public School System. He was employed by the Southern Frozen Food, Inc. for over forty years. Deacon J. D. accepted Christ as his Heavenly Father at a young age. He joined New Phillip Primitive Baptist Church of Montezuma, Ga. He later moved his membership to Brown Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Leslie, Georgia. He served as an outstanding Deacon and was known for his “mighty spiritual praying”.
He later was married to Mrs. Abbie L. Caldwell Colbert-Weaver. Their union welcomed three children and supported in the rearing of his children. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mamie Aniton; two sisters, Catherine Porter and Corrine Colbert; and two brothers, John Willie Patterson and Ernest Patterson.
In January 1991, Deacon J. D. Colbert was blessed to join in marriage to the late Mrs. Annie Ruth Harris-Colbert, of Desoto, Ga. He was accepted into the Harris-Clayton Family by her son, Minister George (Elaine) Clayton, Jr., and the family affectionately called him sweet names, such as the following: ”Shugg" by Ruth; "Dad" by George; and “Grandpa” by the children. Deacon J. D. and Ruth abided together in the Montezuma Health Care Center, until she departed on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
He leaves to cherish his memory: seven sons, James D. (Larether) Colbert, Sr., College Park, Georgia; Gene P. (Shelia) Colbert, McDonough, Georgia, Robert (Marilyn) Howard, Augusta, Georgia, Jewel (Linda) Howard, Georgia, Curtis (Alice) Howard, Pastor Marvin (Susie) Howard, Savannah, Georgia, Minister George (Elaine) Clayton, Americus, Georgia, Larry (Janet) Daniels, Oglethorpe, Georgia, Jimmy (Thelma) Daniels, Oglethorpe, Georgia; six daughters, Evangelist Carolyn (Abraham) Cokley, Americus, Georgia, Mary Ann Rucker, Montezuma, Georgia, Denise Colbert, Montezuma, Georgia, Elizabeth Colbert, Linda (Leon) Smith, all of Reynolds, Georgia, and Emma Rumph, Fort Valley, Georgia; 14 grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren; a host of many special nieces and nephews, friends, and neighbors. He was proud and loved all his grandchildren but would say ”Thank You” to his granddaughter, Colonel Rolanda D. Colbert-Mitcham, for serving our country in the United States Army.