Orville Collier Sr., 89, died March 20.
Born on Franks Creek at Eolia, he was a son of the late William Marion and Nancy Maggard Collier and the widower of Lela Scott Collier. He was also preceded in death by a son, Roger Wayne Collier; a grandson, Jeffrey Wayne Collier; three brothers, Henry Collier, Curtis Collier and Arnold Collier; and his stepmother, Ollie Halcomb Collier.
He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Battle of the Bulge. At his death, he was the oldest living veteran in Letcher County and was a 50-year member of the Fields Masonic Lodge in Cumberland. He retired from U.S. Steel Company at Lynch and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. He enjoyed four-wheeling, picnicking and digging ginseng.
Survivors include a son, Orville Collier Jr. and wife Valus, Cumberland; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Burton Collier, Partridge; three grandchildren, Diane Collier Watts and husband Rick, Partridge, Greg Collier and wife Kim, Harlan, and Brian Collier and wife Sherry, Lexington; a granddaughter in-law, Virginia Huff Collier, Somerset; seven greatgrandchildren,
Chapman Collier of Morehead, Katie and Morgan Collier of Harlan, Jill Collier of Somerset, Blake Watts of Partridge, and Isaiah and Abby Collier of Lexington; three sisters, Nancy Collier Hubbard and husband Archie, Eolia, Joyce Collier Caudill and husband Sonny, Whitesburg, and Doris Collier Banks and husband Jerry, Eolia; and caregivers, Eddie Banks of Cumberland, Becky Boggs of Rosspoint, Lisa Burton Holland of Partridge and Sean Gilley of Benham.
Funeral services were held March 23 in Benham. Burial was in Colliers Holly Ridge Cemetery at Colliers Creek in Partridge.