Weldon Earnest “Doc” Colston, age 87, of Cornelia, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019.
Born on April 8, 1932, in Cornelia, Georgia, he was a son of the late Charlie Roy and Zelma Brewer Colston. Mr. Colston served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War Era and was a Supervisor for 33 years at Clarkesville Mill. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for 46 years. Mr. Colston enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, growing watermelons to give to his church family, and gospel and bluegrass music. He especially loved rabbit hunting with his beagles and killed the first deer on the Lake Russell Refuge. Mr. Colston enjoyed his family above all and was a kind and gentle husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl Colston, Vernon and Lucille Colston, Russell Colston, and Harold and Joyce Colston and sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Leo Forrester and Ruby and Claude Batson.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Joyce Virginia Autry Colston of Cornelia; sons and daughter-in-law, Randy Weldon Colston and David Mark and Sandy Colston, all of Cornelia; daughters, Joye Colston Dodd and former son-in-law, Ricky Dodd and Dianne Colston Shaw, all of Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Kenneth Alexander of Cornelia; sisters-in-law, Genevieve Colston of Mt. Airy and Frances Colston of Cornelia; grandchildren: Matthew Scroggs, Ashley Freeman, and Brooke Stanley; and great-grandchildren: Cara, Mya, T.J., and Ada.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Nix and Rev. Chris York officiating. Interment will follow in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Anthony Shore officiating and military honors provided by Habersham County American Legion Post #84, Grant Reeves VFW Post #7720, and Rabun County DAV Chapter #15.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the funeral home.
Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 5040 Pea Ridge Road, Cornelia, Georgia 30531, Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, or Bethesda Fellowship, Wild Game Supper, In Memory of Weldon Colston, 2555 Duncan Bridge Road, Cornelia, Georgia 30531.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
MCGAHEE-GRIFFIN & STEWART FUNERAL HOME OF CORNELIA, GEORGIA (706/778-8668) IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.