Funeral services for George Maurice Collier, 99, of Louisiana, will be held at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. Dr. Earl Wood will officiate.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the funeral home with Masonic services by members of Perserverance Lodge #92 at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Louisiana.
Mr. Collier passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at the Maple Grove Lodge Nursing Home in Louisiana with his family by his side.
He was born Aug. 22, 1913 in Avalon, the son of Dr. Alfred Klein Collier and Jennie Louise Neill Collier.
He was united in marriage Dec. 11, 1933 to Bernice Brown in Trenton, and she preceded him in death Oct. 9, 1993.
He is survived by two daughters; Gayle Smith and husband Al of Louisiana, and Suanne Gage of Charlotte, N.C.; one granddaughter, Paige Alexander and husband, Jeff of Chesterfield; two grandsons; Justin Gage and wife, Melissa of Los Angles, Calif. and Tyler Gage and wife, Amy of Charlotte, N.C.; seven great-grandchildren; Chase Alexander, Christian Alexander, Cameron Alexander and Carter Alexander all of Chesterfield, Sara Beth Gage and Grayson Gage both of Charlotte, N.C.; and Collier Gage of Los Angles, Calif.
Mr. Collier graduated from high school in Chillicothe. He later graduated from the Williams Mortuary School in Kansas City. After graduation he began his career as a funeral director by opening the Collier Funeral Home in Independence.
Mr. and Mrs. Collier moved from Independence in November 1945 after purchasing the Frank C. Haley Mortuary in Louisiana and owned and operated the Collier Funeral Home until their retirement in 1990. The funeral home was purchased by their daughter and son-in-law, Allen Smith who continue to operate the funeral home.
Mr. Collier was a longtime member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Louisiana, a 50 year member of the Louisiana Rotary Club, 50 year member of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association and a 32nd degree Mason with Perserverance Lodge 92 in Louisiana.
He had many interests and after retiring he began to pursue these interests which included learning to fly an airplane, fishing, purchasing a houseboat and spending many enjoyable hours on the Mississippi with his friends, parasailing and bungee jumping at age 80.
Honorary pallbearers are Robert H. Ince, Don Ince, Harold “Bill” Eastman’, Robert H. Burbridge, Robert L. “Buddy” Martin, Clyde Penrod and Hurley Penn. Active pallbearers are James T. Griffith Jr., Michael Smith, Gerald W. Smith, Jack Alexander, Mario Rasberry and Ron Wahlgren.
Mr. Collier was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and father-in-law and was deeply loved by his family.
Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church or Pike County Hospice in care of Collier Funeral Homes,Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana.
Online condolences may be sent to www.collierfuneral.com