Bishop John H. Colander

Sunrise: November 26, 1946

Sunset: June 30, 2024

Bishop John H. Colander, 77, entered eternal rest and peace surrounded by his family on June 30, 2024 (3:07 pm) at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield, NC. He was born November 26, 1946 in Nansemond County (Suffolk, Va.)  and resided most of his life in Portsmouth, VA with his family. He was a Bronze Star Army Veteran and US Postal Service Retiree. He was the son of the late Bishop Obadiah and Dejohnnie (Ricks) Colander and stepson of Bernadine Colander. 

John graduated class of 1966 from John F. Kennedy High School in Suffolk, VA and later graduated from Virginia Union Seminary School, in Richmond, Virginia.  He served for over 30 years under his father, the late Bishop Dr. Obadiah Colander of Faith Temple Apostolic Church and the First United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic of Baltimore, MD under the late Bishop Monroe R. Saunders, Sr.  He was Director of the Bible Institute of Faith Temple, served as choir director, National Youth President, Overseer for the Tidewater district for the First United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic, Senior Director of SunDown Ministries of NC and the Bishop over Christ Studios Ministries. He attended locally West Clayton Church of God (Pentecostal Church of NC) and lifetime member of Faith Temple Apostolic Church.

 He loved antique cars, motorcycles, attending track and field events with his kids and grandchildren and spending quality time with his family. He also loved to travel and preach the gospel to everyone he met through outreach and volunteering with SunDown Ministries and the Hallelujah Soup Kitchen in NC.

John was predeceased by two sisters: Alethia Colander Stokes and Harlena Colander; Two brothers, Rudolph Colander (Linda) and Ralph Colander (Elizabeth). 

He leaves to honor and cherish his memories, his loving wife; Hortense Parker Colander. They enjoyed a union in love and devotion for 53 years. Two daughters; Kris Colander Ross and Latasha Colander Clark (Howard).  He also leaves three brothers; Alfred Colander, Sr. (Jeanette), Dwayne Miller (Yolanda) and Joseph Colander; Two sisters; Barbara Green (Willie ) and Rita Turner, aunt; Harlena McGee, Six grandchildren; Randolph D. Ross, Jr., Jonah Ross, Krisjon J. Clark, Randolph, J. Ross, Christian J. Clark and Kyrsten Clark; Two godsons, Steve Green and Vandell Frazier.  Host of nephews, nieces, in-laws, cousins, and friends. 

Viewing: Saturday, July 13, 2024 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM Metropolitan Funeral Service 268 Holladay Street Suffolk, Virginia Celebration of Life: COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE ONLINE Sunday, July 14, 2024 2:00 PM Faith Temple Apostolic Church 476 Wellons Street Suffolk, Virginia Laid to Rest: Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Rd Suffolk, Virginia

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    Shaun Bryant says

    Prayers of strength and comfort to The Colander Family.

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    Pamela Hagues says

    My deepest and sincerest condolences to the Colander family. Bishop Colander will be greatly missed.

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    Renita Mack says

    Prayers and condolences to the Colander family. May the peace of GOD be with you.

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    Spencer & Kimberly Ford says

    Deepest Sympathy to the Colander family, Praying for strength as you all endure. Peace and Blessings!!!!

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    Kecia Burney says

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you Kris upon the passing of your father. May you find peace and solace in the loving memories you shared. Keeping the entire Colander family in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Chris and Cindy Pappas says

    Our neighborhood will miss John dearly. Such a gentle, kind soul. God Bless him and his family.

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    Pastor Virginia Ruffin and church family! Gates ,NC says

    We praying God gives you all the strength you need during this time of transition! God will be with you in the days ahead

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    Kenesha Y Hargrave says

    The Hargrave Family will continue to keep this beautiful FAMILY in prayer. Tasha and Kris, you both know Bishop Colander has been my second father since we were kids. I have great and lasting memories when the family lived on Lakeview Drive, Bishop Colander and Mrs. Colander always welcomed me in their home made me feel like I was the adopted “dark skinned” child LOL, LOL! to you and Kris. Bishop Colander always had a warming personality and I always knew that GOD WAS THE CENTER OF HIS LIFE. Trust me, we may not understand God’s timing, but I totally understand how the family feels, loosing a parent/husband here on earth, hurting but I am here to tell you, after loosing my father, you haven’t lost your dad, you have gained a Guardian Angel for life. He is with our Heavenly Father and has turned from this world. Dad’s presence is now walking in those streets of gold, picking one of HIS MANY MANSIONS that God Promised Him. He maybe absent from this old flesh, but we all know that his presence is now with our HEAVENLY FATHER and for that we CAN REJOICE & CELEBRATE!

    I love my Colander Family and I am praying for your strength and comfort during this time.


    Kenesha, Momma Raynell and Michael Hargrave (Khloe and Kaden Moten)

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    William "Slim" Reid says

    Praying for the Colander Family.

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      J. Wallace White says

      Wallace and Estelle White sending our deepest heartfelt sympathies to the family

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      J. Wallace White says

      In remembrance of my friend and classmate John Colander rip.

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