Community mourns Colley

Published 4:00 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015



“Lummie” Colley achieved the well-deserved status.

Annette Folmar “Lummie” Colley’s death on Sunday, November, 1, 2015 came after a long time of, as she might say, being out of pocket, but her influence was and will be felt for generations to come.

Colley lived life to the fullest and to the “funnest.” She enjoyed her family, her friends, her church and everything else that nudged close.

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“Mother was born on College Street and she lived all her life in Troy,” said Carla Telfair of Troy.

“She said she had only changed bedrooms once, from College Street where she was born, to Hillcrest, where she lived for 75 years.

“Mother loved Troy and she said, if you weren’t from Troy, you were from ‘off.’ She knew everybody in Troy. If she didn’t know you, then you weren’t from Troy.

Lummie Colley was 97 years old when she “went to sleep in her chair.”

“Mother died in the town she loved and in the home that loved,” Telfair said. “That’s the way she would have wanted it to be.”

Telfair said her mother worshiped her dad, Dr. J.O. “Tip” Colley, and their lives together were rich and full and their family life was no less.

But Lummie Colley also had the love and heart to reach out to others. She was the director of the Girls Auxiliary at First Baptist Church, “her church,” and was a dedicated teacher of God’s word.

“Mother and Daddy were active with the Baptist Children’s Home here in Troy and to all the children there,” Telfair said. “She was active in the Troy Charity League and with the Pike County Medical Auxiliary. She enjoy people and being with them and doing for them. That was her nature.”

There was another side of Annette Folmar Colley that many people never saw.

“Mother loved to hunt and fish with Daddy,” Telfair said. “She loved the outdoors and she like to ride horses. She had dogs that she loved and she even loved those ol’ donkeys she kept around. She just enjoyed life and all that it had to offer her. She was a blessing to her family and to many others. She was well loved.”

Funeral services for Lummie Colley will be at 2 p.m. today at her church, First Baptist Church. Visitation will be a 1 p.m. at the church.