Johnnie “Junior” Colbert Obituary – Aug. 13, 1931 – Dec. 23, 2020


Johnnie “Junior” Colbert, 89, resident of Bartlett and husband of Mary Ruth Bishop Colbert, departed this life Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, 2020 at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis.
Graveside Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Fayette County Memorial Park with Bro. Dale Gravatt officiating. The family requests that memorials be directed to MIFA, 910 Vance Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126 or Calvary Baptist Church, 6252 Memphis-Arlington Road, Bartlett, TN 38135. Condolences may be left on our online guestbook at
He was born Aug. 13, 1931 in Chester County, the son of the late Johnnie Veston Colbert, Sr. and Janie Mozelle Crowe Colbert. He received his education in Chester County and served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was married May 20, 1956 to the former Mary Ruth Bishop and was employed as a bus driver at the Memphis Area Transit Authority for 32 years before his retirement. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Bartlett and a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge Unity #95 in Memphis. He loved the outdoors, especially keeping a well-groomed yard, riding his lawn mower and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Ruth Bishop Colbert of Bartlett; his sister-in-law, Jane Helvering of Oakland; and 13 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ima Jo Hughes and Mildred Lee; and his brother, W.T. Colbert.