William Colclough, Sr, 87, departed this life on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home. Born in Sumter County on February 10, 1926, he was the son of the late Charlie Colclough and Julia Champion Colclough. He received his education at St. Michael School in Sumter County.
At an early age, William accepted Christ and joined St. Paul A. M. E. Church, where he served as a faithful Trustee, Steward and Leader of Class # 5 for over fifty years. He was a dedicated member of the Senior Choir and served as the Treasurer of this organization. Through the grace of God, Mr. Colclough held the position as “Father of the Church” for fourteen years. He showed great love and compassion for his community and his church family. His favorite song was “Precious Lord Take My Hand.”
In 1944, at the age of 18, William was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in Germany during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, EAME Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. William was featured on the front page of the Sumter Item on November 11, 2011 in honor or Veterans Day.
Upon return from the Armed Forces, Mr. Colclough worked at Shaw Air Force Base as a maintenance technician for four years. He then became employed at Delta Wood Company as a supervisor. From this job experience he fell in love for the wood making of cabinetry products. His kitchen cabinets and storage chests may be found in many homes within Sumter County. Mr. Colclough was also employed at Williams/Georgia Pacific and Carolina Furniture as a machine operator. After 15 years of service he retired from Crescent – Xcelite as a machinist. Mr. Colclough volunteered his time helping other seniors in the community by cutting their grass and running errands.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Gardenia Isaac Colclough; two sons, Douglas and David Colclough of Sumter; three daughters, Patricia and Teresa Colclough of Sumter and Doris (Lemuel) Heard of Orlando, FLA; one stepdaughter, Gertie Isaac; one sister, Ida Mae (William) Myers; one brother, Joseph (Betty) Colclough, Sr.; one aunt, Larlia Olden; one daughter-in-law, Mary Colclough Maple; and one god-son, Ricky King, all of Sumter; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Colclough, Jr.; two brothers, Henry and David Colclough; and two sisters, Viola Hadley and Elizabeth Coplin.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, March 30, 2013 from the St. Paul A. M. E. Church - Shaw, 1495 North St. Paul’s Church Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Eric R. Dent, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. H. A. Hinton, Rev. Dorothy Maple, Rev. Delores Harris, and Rev. Lue R. Conyers.
The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home 4660 Patriot Parkway, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:30 a. m.
Floral bearers will be nieces
Pall bearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Burial will be in the St. Paul A. M. E. Church - Shaw Yard Cemetery, Sumter.