Billy Mike Colburn, also known as “Possum” to his close friends and family, was a native of Chickasaw, AL and a resident of Gulf Shores, AL, passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at the age of 74.
Billy was a 1967 graduate of Vigor High School. He served in the United States Army and served in Korea and Germany. He made some special friends while serving in the Army, who became part of our family. In 1973, he graduated from the first EMT School in Baldwin County. Billy worked for Newmans Ambulance Service for many years driving ambulances for them, and where he met and made many friends over the years. He always considered himself as part of the Newman’s family and loved them all dearly. He retired from Honeywell-UOP.
In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing in the Gulf, hunting in Bullock County and just watching wildlife.
Billy loved his family more than anything. From the time the boys were born, he had them watching football, telling them stories about hunting and fishing and his days in the Army. He adored his grandchildren, and they were the light of his life. He also loved his nieces and nephews and never failed to mention all of them, including the great and great-great ones.
Billy is preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Ludie Colburn, sisters, Dorothy Colburn, Van James and Gladys Harry, and one brother, Rayford Colburn.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Jeannie Elise Nichols Colburn; his two sons, Jason Colburn of Saraland, AL and Justin Colburn of Burnsville, MS; his grandchildren, Kaeley Colburn, Jackson Colburn, Mason Colburn and Wyatt Colburn; siblings, Evelyn Massey, Betty Faye Sizemore, JoAnn Ferrell and Sue Jockisch; nieces, nephews; his grand-dog, Turbo; along with other family members and many, many friends.
Billy you will be forever loved and missed.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at City Hope Church, 29964 St. Basil Street in Daphne, AL, at 11:30AM. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation before the service beginning at 10:30AM. Interment will follow at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, AL, at 1PM. Following the burial, the family invites everyone to join them for a reception honoring “Possom” at Belforest Point, 26503 Highway 181 in Daphne.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation at https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate
Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.