Sometimes, I write obituaries

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,

11 thoughts on “Sometimes, I write obituaries

  1. Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Lovely tribute, sounds like a man who loved life and lived it to the fullest.

  2. Cathy & Family, your father will entertain the heavenly hosts, most likely. It will take eternity to fulfill his angelic duties. They needed him up there. His work goes on.

  3. No matter how prepared we think we are, losing a parent is really hard. Our heartfelt condolences to all who loved him.

  4. Bill’s enthusiasm in all projects he undertook was contagious. There were no strangers to Bill. He will be missed not only by his family but in his neighborhood and our city.

  5. Losing a parent is one of the toughest things we do in life. Sincere condolences to all who loved him. I’m sorry I never had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

  6. Much love to all of you. You crafted a wonderfully written tribute, which is small consolation at this time, I know.

  7. I remember meeting your Dad a few years ago, and saw the pleasure in your eyes that he was there with you. I’m very sorry to hear the news and send out a hug and my condolences.

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