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Welcome to Colbert, GA
City of the Red Cannas
The City of Colbert was first chartered as Five Forks in 1899. The roads from Diamond Hill, Danielsville, Comer, Crawford and Athens came together at a point near where the traffic signal is now located. The name of Five Forks was changed to Colbert in 1909 in honor of the Colbert Family, one of the early residents. The railroad was built thru Five Forks in 1891. The depot was constructed in 1892 and now serves as the Colbert City Hall. Up until the 1950’s, cotton was king in the area. In 1970 the Colbert July 4th celebration and barbeque began. We have observed our 50th annual event. Red Cannas have been our official flower since the 1960’s.
A 150-page History of Colbert book is available at the Colbert City Hall for a cost of $20.00. Colbert has grown over the years and our latest census report was 592 residents.
JOHN AUSTIN WAGGONER
Mr. John Waggoner faithfully served the City of Colbert as Mayor from 1969 - 2010, when he retired as Mayor and was appointed City Advisor, a position he held until his death, June 16, 2020. Mr. Waggoner was instrumental in leading the City in many endeavors and projects over the years, which included the July 4th Independence Day Celebration, which was held for 50 consecutive years and was one of the largest celebrations in Northeast Georgia. Governor Kemp presented a Proclamation to the City of Colbert on July 4th, 2019, commending the City for its beautification projects, all its endeavors to bring communities together, and its faithful dedication to the contuining Independence Day Celebrations. Mr. Waggoner and Mayor Chris Peck accepted the distinguised award with pride and thankfulness. Mr. Waggoner also was instrumental in beginning the annual Thanksgiving services hosted by the community churches each year for the past 40 - 50 years. He was an active member of the Colbert Lion's Club and served as Chaplain for the past thirty years. He was a dedicated member of the Word of Life Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he served as Sunday School treasurer for the last 50 years. He was born, educated, and raised in Colbert and was a dedicated servant of God and community and his love for the City of Colbert was evident in his service. He served our Country in two tours in the Army. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Ann Morris Waggoner, December 17, 2018. He is survived by their children, Angie Waggoner and Alisa Waggoner Shiflet of Colbert and two grandsons, Austin and Peyton Shiflet. Mr. John will be greatly missed in and around Colbert in the coming months and years. His influencial leadership and dedication will never be forgotten by those who worked and served with him over the last 50 years.