Thurmond R. 'Tim' Collier
Thurmond R. “Tim” Collier, 80, of Delaware, passed away Thursday evening (Aug. 30, 2012) at home surrounded by his family.
He was born May 31, 1932, in Waverly, W. Va., to the late Mosezelle and Irene (Smith) Collier. After graduating from high school, he worked in the coal mines of Milburn, W. Va., and then served several years in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict in the 5th Regimental Combat Team, 23rd Division, under General Clark. Upon coming to Delaware in 1957, he worked at General Castings and retired from the State of Ohio, working a number of years in park maintenance with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Tim was a man of deep and abiding faith. He was a member and deacon of Morning Star Tabernacle, now known as Agape International Cathedral. He was a lover of the word of God, reading the Bible nine times cover to cover. He treasured music, especially that of gospel. Having a love for song, he was never afraid to ask visitors to sing him a song.
A jokester at heart, he also enjoyed bowling in his younger years. Compassionate and tender hearted, he loved to make people laugh. With a passion for studying the word of God from a historical perspective, he was never wavering in his faith. He loved the Lord, his family, and especially his grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include children, Dreama (Alan) Harris of Delaware, Philip W. (Antoinette) Buford of Lorton, Va., Melisa (John) Brunson of Blacklick, Pamela (Sid) Wilson of Delaware, Gregory Buford of Delaware, Lorraine (Charles) Pickrell of Cincinnati; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; sisters, Dorothy Claytor, Eleanor (Clarence) Alford, both of Cleveland, Doris Lewis of Columbus, Theodora (Larry) Higginbotham of Delaware; brothers, Kenneth (Helen) Collier of Cleveland, Floyd and Richard Collier both of Delaware; a special cousin, Helena Carter; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his beloved significant other, Mildred Buford, in 1990; a sister, Tonetta Collier; and brothers, James, Mose, and Samuel Collier.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St., Delaware, where services will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Wayne Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 5055 High St., Suite 100, Columbus, OH 45215.
Condolences may be expressed at snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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