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New Albany MS obituary 2017

Bob Coltharp

(December 19, 1929 – February 21, 2017)


New Albany MS–  Robert Eugene Coltharp, Sr. passed away at Dogwood Assisted Living Facility in New Albany on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was born Thursday, December 19rd, 1929 in the Center community of Union County, MS to Hubert Collins and Gladys Bell Coltharp. After attending schools at Center and New Albany, he attended Mississippi State University where he was a football manager, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and a member of the Misssissippi State University “M” Club.

Bob volunteered and served in the US Air Force, and upon leaving, returned to New Albany where he lived until his retirement. His many occupations included dairy farmer, fertilizer salesman, road construction materials, furniture manufacturing and international businessman. Bob was very active in community activities and groups including American Legion Post 72 (Commander), the Masons, Union County Development Association Board and New Albany Little Theatre.

He was a member of First Methodist Church in New Albany.

He is survived by three sons, Rob Coltharp, Jr. (Lusi) of Surabaya, Indonesia,  Tom Coltharp (Kelly) of New Albany, MS and Ed Coltharp (Michelle) of Southaven, MS;  12 grandchildren, Lauren Coltharp Bell of Tupelo, MS, Kate Coltharp, Rebecca Coltharp and Bailey Coltharp King of New Albany, Steven Mikal Coltharp of Surabaya, Indonesia , Mary Catherine Coltharp Sutherland of Atlanta, William Coltharp of Nashville, TN, Michael Coltharp of Nashville, Collins Coltharp, Jr. of Memphis, TN, Martin Coltharp of Moss Point, MS, Bobby Coltharp of Starkville, MS and Alissa Coltharp of Southaven, MS; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jane Moore Coltharp, a brother Collins Coltharp, and a son Will Coltharp.

Visitation will be at First United Methodist Church in New Albany from 2p.m. until 4p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 and service will be held at 4:00p.m. with Pastor Tim Prather officiating. Burial will be at New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service will be in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers will be members of his family. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post #72.

Family ask that memorials be made to the Robert and Jane Coltharp Scholarship Fund at Mississippi State University or to the First United Methodist Church in New Albany.

In honor of Mr. Coltharp’s military service, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Air Force flag during his visitation and funeral service.

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