William G. Colburn, Jr.

William G. Colburn, Jr.

Thursday, August 5, 1954 Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Obituary for William G. Colburn, Jr.

William “Billy” Colburn, Jr., son of the late William Sr. and Delores Colburn Chesson, was born August 5, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware. He entered eternal rest on May 8, 2019 after a sudden illness.

Billy graduated from Pierre Samuel Dupont High School in 1972, where he played drums in the marching band. In the summer months, Billy taught music at Wilmington Music School. Following graduation, he briefly worked for the U.S. Postal Service before pursuing his passion and embarking on his extensive professional music career, playing with many well-known artists. Billy mastered multiple instruments, including the drums, piano, bass violin, and bass guitar. In recent years, Billy shared his talent and love for music with the Miracle Tabernacle God and Christ Church, where he played bass guitar every Sunday.

Billy will forever be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, his affinity for community, his gifted musical talent, and his genuine love for his family and friends.

Billy leaves to cherish his memory: two sons, whom he adored, Aaron and Israel, his former wife, Sharon Colburn, mother, Delores Chesson, step-father, Selvy Chesson, sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Hartley Cooper. He is also survived by a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Each held a special place in his heart.

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    Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 11:00am
    Miracle Tabernacle Church of God In Christ
    428 E. 4th Street
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    Saturday, June 1, 2019

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So sorry for your lost Billy to me was a brother, friend, mentor, fellow musician, and all around great person He will be missed
Give them a funky bass lesson up there!
Comment | Posted at 06:32pm via Condolence

Thomas "Hip" Ford

In my musical life, I have played with a lot of musicians. Billy has always been an inspiration for me, because of his gentle nature and his amazing musical abilities. The world is lessened by his absence. Heaven just got the best bass player ever. I'll see you when I get there, my friend. Thomas "Hip" Ford.
Comment | Posted at 08:58pm via Condolence


I am truly sorry about your loss it's hard when we lose a loved one. However, I wanted to let you know that we can be comforted by a future hope. Soon there will be no more pain or sorrow. All the former things have passed away. (Rev 21:3,4)
Comment | Posted at 12:59pm via Condolence

P. Stevens

To the family my heartfelt sympathy. To Billy "Rest in Peace my friend you made many smile with your beautiful music it is now time for you to smile as you play with the angels.
Comment | Posted at 04:38pm via Condolence


I know the pain you feel now is hard to bear; Jesus felt that same pain when his dear friend died. John 11:33-36. By his miracles, Jesus proved that he and his Father have the desire to undo the pain of sickness and death. This desire extends far beyond the few resurrections recorded in the Bible. Jesus stated: “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will. . . come out.”—John 5:28, 29. I express my deepest condolences for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 11:18am via Condolence

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