Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA


Phyllis Mae Colbert

March 3, 1940February 8, 2020

Phyllis Mae Colbert, age 79, of Poquoson, Virginia passed away on Saturday February 8, 2020. Phyllis was born March 3, 1940 in Newport News, Virginia to Lucy Mae Gayle and William H. Gayle.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Scott E. Colbert and daughter-in-law Tammy L. Colbert; grandchildren, Kara Tharpe-Griffen, Brittany Weisenberg and Michael Tharpe; and great-grandchildren, Leah Nelson, Bailey Carter, Savanna Altman and Keagan Weisenberg.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her father, William H. Gayle and mother Lucy Mae Gayle; brother, William Hopson Gayle Sr.; sister Ann Spencer and brother Jack Gayle.

Phyllis worked as an Administrative Supervisor for the City of Newport News Fire Department for thirty-five years until her retirement in 2001.

A graveside service for Phyllis will be held Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Parklawn Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.parklawn-woodfh.com for the Colbert family.


  • Scott E. Colbert, Son
  • Tammy L. Colbert, Daughter-in-law
  • Kara Tharpe-Griffen, Granddaughter
  • Brittany Weisenberg, Granddaughter
  • Michael Tharpe, Grandson
  • Leah Nelson, Great Grandchild
  • Bailey Carter, Great Grandchild
  • Savanna Altman, Great Grandchild
  • Keagan Weisenberg, Great Grandchild
  • William H. Gayle, Father (deceased)
  • Lucy Mae Gayle, Mother (deceased)
  • William Hopson Gayle Sr., Brother (deceased)
  • Ann Spencer, Sister (deceased)
  • Jack Gayle, Brother (deceased)


  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, February 13, 2020


Phyllis Mae Colbert

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Jack Walls

February 12, 2020

Phyllis was one special lady and will certainly be missed and remembered. Always the professional, she was a tremendous asset during my tenure as chief, and I considered her a true friend. My condolences go out to her son Scott, and to their extended family.

Jack Walls
NNFD, Retired

Lee Beauchesne

February 12, 2020

Remembering her with love and utmost respect, professional in every way.
I will keep her in my heart and memory. God Bless you all.
Lee and Colleen Beauchesne

Ronald Smith

February 12, 2020

What a great lady and friend. She was the Fire Dept. Rest my friend you earned it God Bless the Family.
Retired Capt R.R.Smith.

Richard Parker

February 12, 2020

Such a wonderful woman. Very strong and a hard worker. Everyone learned from her.
RIP Sarge

Michael Johnson

February 12, 2020

Dear Phyllis, you were the best of the best of the Newport News Fire department. You were always the kindest , sweetest person I've had the pleasure to have known. I think of you often and will continue to tell others what a special person you were.

Captain Michael Johnson
NNFD Retired