James C. Coleberd, D.O., 71, of Hannibal, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Stephen Adkison and Stan East, FFAM Chaplin, officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal. Smith Funeral Home and Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Coleberd was born on July 10, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. and Margaret C. Coleberd and one son, James Cameron Coleberd Jr. Survivors include his wife, Linda Wheatley Coleberd, daughter, Jill Coleberd Birdsong and husband, David, granddaughter, Lauren Birdsong, daughter, Rebecca Jane Coleberd Peeler and husband Del, granddaughters, Serena Jane Schwartz, Taylor Nicole Schwartz, grandsons, Chad Peeler, Dakota Peeler, sons by marriage, Matthew Wheatley and Jeremy Wheatley, brother Robert E. Coleberd, sister-in-law, Barbara Coleberd, brother-in-law, James D. Crenshaw and wife Sandra and daughters, sister-in-law, Tracey J. Duncan and husband Tony and sons.

Dr. Coleberd graduated from Liberty High School, in 1955, in Liberty, Mo., attended William Jewell College and was a 1961 graduate of The University of Kansas. He was a graduate of University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of Kansas City, in 1970. He served his Internship at Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City. He practiced medicine in Clinton, Mo., for 30 years. Dr. Coleberd served as professor of Clinical Medicine, at the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Most recently he received his A.A. degree in fire science from John Woods Community College in 2007. He was member of the following professional associations, charter president, Missouri Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Emergency Medicine, National Volunteer Fire Council, Fire Fighters Association of Missouri, Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Fire Apparatus in America, Past Fire Chief of the Clinton, Mo., Fire Department, Board of Directors, Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation of Missouri. Dr. Coleberd retired after 48 years in the fire service. He was a member of: National Caves Association, Hannibal Rotary Club, Clinton Lodge No. 548 A.F. and A.M. and a U.S. Army Veteran. He was co-owner, CEO, of Mark Twain Cave Corporation.

Memorials may be made to Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation of Missouri, P.O. Box 151, Kingdom City, MO 65265 or University of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lawrence, KS 66045, or in care of Smith Funeral Home and Chapel, P.O. Box 549, Hannibal, MO  63401.

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