Shooting victim Priscilla A. Colbert worked to boost morale of deployed troops' families

Priscilla A. Colbert


By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | The Baltimore Sun | Published: April 21, 2017

BALTIMORE (Tribune News Service) — Family members remembered Priscilla A. Colbert, a former Glen Burnie, Md., resident, as a consummate mother and military wife who worked hard at keeping up the morale of families whose loved ones were serving with her husband in Iraq.

Mrs. Colbert, who was 27, was found shot to death April 11 at a trailer park in Stockbridge, Ga.

"She had been visiting a friend," said her sister, Chastity Jeffries of Sharptown, who said her sister and brother-in-law also lived in Stockbridge.

A Clayton County police spokeswoman said Thursday the case remains under investigation.

The daughter of Timothy Jeffries, a roofer, and Lisa Jeffries, a medical aide, Priscilla Ann Jeffries was born and raised on Jump Road in Glen Burnie. She was a 2009 graduate of Glen Burnie High School.

In 2009, she married her high school sweetheart, Jerod Colbert, who had attended Glen Burnie High School and later moved to Round Rock, Texas, where he graduated in 2006 from Stony Point High School.

After high school, he enlisted in the Army and served as a forward observer and in reconnaissance with the 82nd Airborne Division.

From 2009 until 2012, the couple lived at Fort Bragg, N.C.

During her husband's deployment to Iraq in 2009-2010, Mrs. Colbert worked to keep up the morale of families who had soldiers serving in her husband's unit.

For her efforts, she was presented the Family Readiness Group Award.

"She helped organize care packages. She was cited as being his strength and backbone not only during his deployment but his entire military career," Ms. Jeffries wrote in a profile of her sister.

"Her devotion and selfless service did not end there. She was a humanitarian in every way and found it not only implausible but impossible to turn her back on anyone in need," she wrote. "Her children were the most loved, cared for and spoiled children on the earth thanks to her kind and loving nature."

She added: "The world has truly lost an angel with her passing."

After her husband was discharged in 2012, they returned to Glen Burnie and then moved to Stockbridge, where her husband is serving as a fire support specialist with the Georgia National Guard.

Mrs. Colbert, who played drums in high school, enjoyed music of all types, her sister said.

"She was also a huge Ravens fan and collected anything that was purple. There will be purple roses at her funeral," Ms. Jeffries said.

Funeral services for Mrs. Colbert will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Singleton Funeral Home & Cremations Services, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

In addition to her husband, sister and parents, she is survived by a son, Jayden Colbert, 7; a daughter, Gianna Colbert, 2; a brother, Justin Williams of Pasadena; maternal grandparents Dan and Sharon Crouse of Appomattox,Va.; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.


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