Catherine Colden

July 12, 1926 ~ July 25, 2021 (age 95)


Catherine Colden, 95, of Ridgeland passed away peacefully at her residence Sunday, July 25, 2021. Arrangements are entrusted to Allen Funeral Home of Ridgeland. We welcome you to provide your thoughts and memories on our tribute wall. 

Mrs. Catherine Holcombe-Colden was the second of four children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Clifford
Holcombe and Grace Williams-Holcombe. She was born on the 12th day of July 1926. She attended the public school
of Anniston, Alabama.
A Time to Love

On January 16, 1954, Catherine was joined in Holy Matrimony to Sergeant Major Ernest. N Colden. They reared seven
children, two daughters (Vivian Johnson, Lucille Mary Colden) and five sons (Jerry Davis, Frank, Ernest Jr., Samuel John
Colden and Herman Witherspoon). Mrs. Colden embraced her role as a military wife and she and three of the children
accompanied SGM Colden to Yokohoma, Japan. While in Japan, she assisted in the American Public School System.
A Time to Plant

In 1965, Catherine and their youngest son Herman, joined SGM in Frankfurt, Germany. She worked in the American
Public School for a short time then she transferred to the Quarter mast Upholstery Division. She was also active in the
Religious Activities Program at the Atterbury Chapel, Frankfurt, Germany.
Upon SGM Colden’s return from Overseas assignment to Fort Belvior, V.A she worked in the Food Service Food where
she was commended for her performance and outstanding service rendered. While at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Sis.
Colden worked at Ft. Campbell’s Post Exchange, where she was the Assistant Manager of Stock Control Branch. When
the Colden’s relocated to the Ridgeland, S.C. area, Sis. Colden was employed by the Holiday Express Hotel at Hilton
Head, Island, S.C. She was selected Employee of The Year and given a cash reward. Later Sis. Colden was employed by
Tuten-Bi-Rite of Ridgeland Food Service where Mr. Alex Pinckney was her supervisor. In 1988, Mrs. Colden decided to
retire from employment to take the time to enjoy her family.
A Time to Serve

Sister Catherine Colden accepted Christ at an early age. Presently, she was a member of the Church of Christ, where
Minister Dean Groover was her pastor. Sis. Colden shared the vision of her brothers and sisters in Christ and founded
the Ridgeland, S.C branch of Church if Christ under the leadership of Minister Jack McNair. Sis. Colden served faithfully
by singing and assisting the ministry under the teachings of primarily Minister Ruby Lee Ray and then Minister Charles
E. Redmond and Assistant Minister Edward Patten until her health failed.
A time to Mourn & A Time to die

Sister Catherine and her husband were no strangers to loss, having lived almost a decade; they’ve buried parents, siblings
and six of their seven children.
Early Sunday Morning, July 25, 2021, Mrs. Catherine Colden departed this life and joined her husband of 67 years in
eternal rest.
Mrs. Catherine Holcombe-Colden leaves to cherish warm and loving memories: Her son, Herman (Elmetta) Witherspoon
of Ridgeland, South Carolina, her dogs: Bailey, Brandy, and Fox, a daughter-in-law, Lavetta Ferrell-Davis of Anniston,
Alabama, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and devoted grandson Herman Witherspoon Jr., of Atlanta, GA
a host of friends and extended family.

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July 30, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Allen Funeral Complex, 8881 Coosaw Scenic Dr., Ridgeland, SC

Funeral Service
July 31, 2021

12:00 PM
Mt. Carmel Baptist Center, Ridgeland, SC

August 2, 2021

10:00 AM
Beaufort Memorial National Cemetery, Beaufort

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