Rev. Donald Faril Colyer, Kingston

Rev. Donald Faril Colyer, age 84, of Kingston, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at his home. He was born May 26, 1939, in Kingston and was raised and ordained in Chapman Grove Baptist Church, and was a member of Kingston Masonic Lodge #36 F&AM. He was a graduate of Clear Creek Bible College in Kentucky where he received his Bachelors degree in Theology. During his ministry he served as Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dreyfus, Kentucky; Interim Pastor at Peakland Baptist Church in Ten Mile, and VBS Director at Chapman Grove Baptist Church for several years. He was Director of Missions for the Hiwassee Association and went on mission trips every year to help build churches. Bro. Don was known as “Potato Man” for turkey day each year at Clear Creek Bible College where he furnished a five-pound bag of potatoes for each student as well as each faculty member until his death; head of the Disaster Relieve Team & Baptist Brotherhood, where he was known as “The Hoppin` Gourmet”, cooking for the group while getting around with only one leg due to losing his other leg and hip from cancer.  In 1968 he was given six months to live but God had other plans.  Don was Band Boosters President in Richmond, Kentucky for the Madison Central High School Marching Band. One of his titles he held while in Kentucky was “Postmaster” for building a little post office known as “Bear Waller” (Bear Wallow) in Dreyfus, Kentucky which he owned and the building now sets on his property in Kingston.  Moving back to Kingston in 1984, he was known for his woodworking skills and he used his expertise in drafting to create and build the model of the Roane County Courthouse which can be seen on display yet today. He was known for his award-winning Tennessee River BBQ Sauce, with a total of six flavors. Don was awarded the Best Sauce this side of Mississippi along with many other awards and had shipped several pallet orders as far as Switzerland.  He also helped form Camp Hope with the Kingston Jaycees for underprivileged children, back in the seventy’s. Don was also a Navy Seaman who served his country proudly during the Vietnam era, receiving several medals including Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert Edgar Colyer & Agnes Pauline James Colyer; brothers, Charles “Bub” Colyer and Franklin “Jack” Collier; sisters-in-law, Della Mae Collier and Shirley Colyer.  


Loving Wife of 63 years            Dwain Mae Petersen Colyer of Kingston

Son & Daughter-in-law             Don Colyer, Jr. and wife, Sonya of Lexington, KY

Daughter                                    Debra Lynn Bowers (Colyer) of Kingston

Grandchildren                           Rachael Lapierre & husband, Robert

                                                    Hannah Arlinghaus & husband, Philip

                                                    Joshua Carlton, Miranda Bristow, Andrew Colyer

Great-grandchildren              Matthew Lapierre, Nicolis Lapierre, Adrianna Lapierre,

                                                  Lorelai Arlinghaus

Brothers                                   Robert Allen Colyer of Kingston

                                                  Ray Colyer & wife, Alene of Kingston

Several nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends.

The family will receive friends 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2023, at Fraker Funeral Home with funeral service following at 3:00 pm, in the chapel with Rev. Ronnie Pennington and Chaplain Mike Justice officiating. Interment will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, July 24, 2023, at Bethel-Fairview Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, 300 Clear Creek Rd. Pineville, KY 40977, in memory of Don. Online register book can be signed at Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all arrangements.

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