Date of Birth: 04/30/1924
Date of Death: 11/17/2013
Service Date: 11/23/2013
About Lloyd Collier:
Lloyd Collier, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on November 17, 2013. He was born on April 30, 1924 in Neon, Kentucky in a two-room “coal miners” cabin. At 17, with $40 from his Father (all the money he had) he went off to BereaCollege in Berea, Kentucky. He scored the highest mathematics score on the entrance exam and Lloyd graduated with a Degree in Mathematics from BereaCollege in 1952. During his college years he working in Berea’s Broom Factory making brooms. It was at BereaCollege that Lloyd met Virginia Alberta Thomas. They were married June 1, 1952 at Berea’s Chapel.
Lloyd began his near 30 year teaching career in 1952 at DortonSchool in Crossville, Tennessee. In 1955 Lloyd and Alberta moved to Mendota, Illinois where Lloyd worked for Del Monte Corporation as a Plant Foreman/Supervisor. In Mendota, they had two children, Lynda and Glen.
In 1967, the family moved to their current residence at the 13 acre farm in DeKalb, Illinois. After 15 years at Del Monte, Lloyd returned to teaching at PawPawJunior High School in 1969. At Paw Paw, he taught math and physical education, was the basketball coach, bus driver, and served as Principal. He retired from teaching in 1984.
In the ‘60s and early 70’s Lloyd raised over 100 head of registered Angus cattle. He loved his cattle and is a lifetime member in the American Angus Society.
During the summers in the mid ‘70s, Lloyd and Alberta started Collier’s Farm where they sold fresh fruits and vegetables, pumpkins, and homemade canned goods. Lloyd and Alberta have spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona since 1992.
He was the second child of 10 children to Philip and Dessie Collier. Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents Philip Sheridan Henry Collier and Dessie Sowders Collier, sister Selma (Collier) Riley, brother Kermit Ray Collier and brother Roy Collier. He is survived by his wife Virginia Alberta (Thomas) Collier, two children Lynda (John) Ann Collier Favorite of Novi, Michigan and Glen (Mindy) Alan Collier of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren, John, Mark, Paul, and Mary Favorite; Jack and Kendall Collier; four sisters, Ruby Holtzclaw, Zola Faye Vause, Vivian Pauline Butler, Betty (Paul) Salyers; two brothers Earl Jack (Toni) Collier and Philip Jr. (Joyce) Collier; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are being made by West-Murley Funeral Home at 18641 Alberta St., Oneida, Tennessee with burial to be held at Marcum Kidd Cemetery in Oneida, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society (https://donate.cancer.org/index). Cards of condolence may be sent to Alberta Collier, Mountain Park Senior Living, 4475 E. Knox Road, #144, Phoenix, AZ 85044 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.