Jerry V. Collier, 83, of South Shore, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the South Shore Nursing & Rehab Center in South Shore. He was born on September 14, 1931 at Neon, a son of the late Elijah and Bertha Meade Collier.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carla Jo Collier on June 27, 1980; three brothers Jimmy Collier, Estill Collier and Virgil Collier; and a sister, Virginia Hardwick.
He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where he served in Japan as a member of the American Occupation Force and was a retired employee of OSCO Industries in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Mr. Collier had served on the South Shore City Council, later becoming Mayor of South Shore, was President of the local Stan Spence Little League, and was a member of the “Free the U.S. Grant Bridge Committee”.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Nadia Moselle Dempsey Collier, whom he married on November 24, 1950; three sons, Jerry Collier and wife Stella of London, Ohio, Michael Douglas Collier of Erlanger, and Mark Collier and wife Mary Alice of Mt. Sterling; two grandsons, Mark Allen and Micah Collier; two granddaughters, Teresa Jo Harvey and Megan Collier; three greatgrandsons Jacob Jenkins, Lucas Harvey and Dallan Collier; two sisters, Carol Caudill of Portsmouth, Ohio and Mora Carey of Clarksville, Indiana; and a brother, Michael Collier of Stout, Ohio.
Serving as active pallbearers were Bill and Tom Dempsey, Michael Douglas Collier, Micah Collier, Jacob Jenkins and Mark Allen Collier. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Kennard, Russell Wireman, Kenny Patton and Art Marion.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 29, at the Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, with the Reverend Norman Potter officiating and with words spoken by Jerry’s grandson, Mark Allen Collier. Burial took place in Collier Memorial Gardens in South Portsmouth.