William L Collier left this Earth on February 15th, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. Though the exact measure of truth and exaggeration in his stories will never be known, a few things are definitely true.
He was falsely accused of dying as an infant, then sold to a loving family. His first job was Pinsetter. He hung lights above stadiums. He automated the bubble gum factory assembly line. He did business with a Don and lived to frequently tell the tale. He rode the bull at Gilley’s. Because he refused to let go of the rope, he water skied the bottom of Pickwick Lake.
His final accomplishment was getting all three of his very different adult children to gather together. He was an optimist by choice and a man of God by nature. He loved his family and friends unconditionally.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Gloria Collier, his sister Carla Clements, his children, Cathy McCaughan, Danny Collier, and Matt Collier, their spouses and nine beloved grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held immediately following the worship service on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at his home church, West Hills Baptist Church, 409 N. Winston Road, Knoxville, TN, at 12:15 pm., with Reverend Drew Prince officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the West Hills Baptist Church Forward Campaign, www.westhillsbaptist.org.