Raymond Colwell

Raymond Colwell

Sunday, July 17th, 1932 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Raymond “Papaw” Colwell, 88, of Salem, passed peacefully at his home on Monday, August 10, 2020.

He was born on July 17, 1932, to the late Estes and Myrtle Colwell in Yerkes, Ky. Raymond was known as an exceedingly kind and honest man and was also known for his sense of humor. He faithfully served his country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict on board the USS Dionysus AR-21. He attended and was a faithful member of Halesford Baptist Church in Moneta, Va. where numerous friendships were made. Raymond thoroughly enjoyed traveling. Even the occasional day trips, but he especially his trips to Canada with his siblings to do a little fishing. When he wasn’t traveling, you may have found him just walking about or visiting folks at the Salem VA Medical Center; or possibly even bird watching. He loved talking to the birds! He also had a very steady and patient hand when it came to wood working. Raymond was an incredibly detailed carpenter who simply enjoyed building things for those he loved. He was the type of person that left a smile on your face upon leaving. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be missed!

In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Maxine C. Colwell; daughters, Regina Colwell and Anna Mae Richardson; brothers, James Monroe, Arvel, Bob, and Estes Colwell, Jr.; and sisters, Juanita Stidham, Freda Stidham, Carlie Stollings, Murel Amburgey, Effie Colwell, and Thelma Bush.

Family remaining to cherish his memory includes his children, Daniel Colwell, Sr. and wife, Norma, of Salem; daughter, Alice Roope, of Salem; brother, Michael Colwell and wife, Rise, of Marion, Ind.; sister, Telvis Ashenfelter, of Cleveland, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and his son-in-law, William Richardson, of Franklin County, Va.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 13, 2020, form 6 until 8 p.m. at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. Wearing of facial masks and social distancing is required per state regulation. Funeral Services to honor Raymond’s life will be available via webcast by visiting his obituary page at on Friday, August 14, 2020, at 10 a.m. In person attendance is private.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Service

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 |
    Friday, August 14th, 2020
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Blvd.
    Salem, VA 24153
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    Pastor Ben Richardson
  • Interment

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 |
    Friday, August 14th, 2020
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Jennifer colwell

Posted at 10:16am
We love you papa Colwell and you will be missed but you always put a smile on our face and made us laugh and now we know you are in heaven with Jesus and your family and we will see each other again love you 😘

Patricia Pruitt

Posted at 09:57am
I think my favorite memory was when his wife Maxine was alive I had been there on a visit we were all outside they were raising chickens I had this one rooster who chased me Raymond just laughed and said oh red stop that now and just like that he did we had so much fun at their house growing up these two had such sweet spirits that just touched your soul God fearing people who I Loved dearly he use to tell me now Patty let me tell you we may grow old here but we won’t be in heaven and that’s when I get to be with my Maxine you know she was the true Love of my life he said and boy I can’t wait to see her again such sweet and honest person he will be missed so much until I see you again in heaven my friend and Papa I Love and miss you already

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