James Colbert

James D. Colbert

Apr 1, 1937 - Jun 13, 2020
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On June 13, 2020, our daddy gained his heavenly wings. He was born April 1, 1937 in Boyle, MS to the late Quillie and Eddie Mae (Chesser) Colbert by whom he was nurtured and lovingly reared. He accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age and was a lifelong member of New Light Baptist Church, founded by his father in 1945. There he was baptized with his brothers T.C. and Virgis, sister, Othalena (Colbert) Foreman, and friend/brother Reverend Charles E. Jones. Daddy loved to speak of “my God and my Jesus” always saying “I’m going to tell you what God loves.” He attended Toledo Public Schools and after, began working for The City of Toledo, Division of Solid Waste (in his own words, he was a "G Man").

In 1955, his first daughter was born, Deborah Watson who preceded him in death in 2018. In 1961, he married Colleen R. (McShane) Colbert and to that union six daughters were born. He was a true girl dad. In 1978, his wife and love of his life, passed away. After 25 years, Daddy took an early retirement from the City of Toledo to raise his daughters with the fear of God, love, and a true sense of family. He was a fun loving and larger than life person whose jokes and stories were delivered with comedic timing. He was a caring and loving son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter, brothers Willie Colbert, TC Colbert and Alfort Colbert; sisters Edwena Roberts, Rosie Clerk, Lucy Collins, Qullietena Ashley and Othalena Foreman; grandchildren Justin Colbert and Theresa Brazzel along with other nieces and nephews. He leaves to cherish his memory, daughters Tammy (Nolan Sr.) Battle; Tonya (Derrick) Colbert-Randolph; Tatia (James) Hollis; Tia Colbert; Tara (Antonio) Pope and Timika Colbert; brother, Virgis (Angela) Colbert; sister, Ann C. Battles; sister-in-law, Barbara Colbert; 36 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Friday, June 19, 2020; family hour at 10am with funeral service at 11am. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral will be private.
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  • Visitation

    June 19, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    June 19, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Jerusalem Baptist Church
    445 Dorr Street
    Toledo, Ohio 43604
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  • Service

    June 19, 2020 | 11:00am
    June 19, 2020 11:00am
    Jerusalem Baptist Church
    445 Dorr Street
    Toledo, Ohio 43604
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    Due to COVID-19 Services are private because of 50 person count


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Sister Mary Jaculin Manders,SND

Posted at 04:27pm
My dear Tonya,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your much loved Father. Your words about him were always so positive and our deep love for him was so evident. May the memories that you cherish be a support to you and your family in the days and months ahead. Losing a parent is never easy regardless of the times shared and the years together. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hold you in my heart with much love. Be at peace, my dear, and know of all the support surrounding you in the words of your friends -- who are many! Sending angels to walk with you!
Love and prayers,
Sister Mary Jaculin

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Posted at 09:41am
God took you in his loving arms, he saw you needed rest. His garden must be beautiful, for he only takes the best.
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