Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Jerry Ford Colbert


10/23/1946 - 07/20/2019


Jerry Ford Colbert, age 72 of Murphy, NC passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, NC and the son of the late Vardy and Louise Gaston Colbert. Jerry was a US Army veteran during the Vietnam War. He attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Colbert; four daughters, Evelyn Carr and husband Ronnie, Jeryl Lynn Holbrook and husband Harold, Jr., Celnah Colbert and Michael D. Simpson and Dawn Colbert and Robert Earl McCullough III; two sisters, Hazel Bowman and Mary Hall; eight grandchildren, Kagney Colbert-Carr and Chelsey Martin of Burlington, NC, Eric Colbert-Carr and wife Autumn of Blairsville, GA, Kennedy Colbert-Carr of Murphy, Keenan Colbert, Kelsey Simpson and Jasmine Simpson all of Lawrenceville, GA, Jayron McCullough of Chattanooga, TN, Jairus McCullough of Murphy and Cody Colbert-Carr of Murphy; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Rev. John Paul Webb, Rev. Lois Grant and Elder Thelena Turner will officiate. Music will be provided by Farrah Eller. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites being conducted by the American Legion Post #96 Murphy, American Legion Post 532 Hayesville, VFW Post 6812, Hayesville, NC and the Marine Corp League Marble, NC. Pallbearers will be Zeke Johnson, Kevin Nicely, Mark Pickens, Darrell Sudderth, Jack Jackson, Eddie Eller, Chris Brown and John Allen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


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