He served 20 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was also into landscaping and cattle farming.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Robinson Chapel with Bro. Andy Parish officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Margaret Sue Colbert; son, John Colbert (Marcy) of Rochester, Minn.; daughters, Beth Colbert Vail of Columbus, Sandy Freeland (Ronnie) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Frank Colbert (Bettye) of Houston, Texas; sister, Catherine Mathews (Doug) of Cold Springs, Texas; six grandchildren, Lisa Moreland (Jeremy), David Colbert, Sarah Beth Kramer (Michael), Joey Freeland, Lauren Dowdy (Bryan) and Amy Barksdale (Brain); and four great-grandchildren, Annalise Moreland, Hudson Moreland, Sayde Grace Moreland and Harper Hope Kramer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Mark Colbert.
Pallbearers will be Brian Barksdale, Joey Freeland, David Colbert, Bryan Dowdy, Michael Kramer, Jeremy Moreland, Jason Colbert and Jimmy Miller.
Honorary pallbearers are Rush Robinson, Robbie Robinson, Jimmie Holmes, Barney Forbes, Kent Watson, John William Watson, Joe Francis, Jimmy Donahoo and friends of the West Point High School class of 1950.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Palmer Home for Children P.O. Box 746 Columbus, MS 39701, or to The Samaritan’s Purse, Salvation Army or Wounded Warrior Project.
Friends may leave condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
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