Lloyd Collier, 89,of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully November 17, 2013, at his home.
Born in Neon, Kentucky, April 30, 1924, he was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Sheridan Henry and Dessie Sowders Collier; sister, Selma Riley; brothers, Kermit Ray and Roy Collier.
He graduated with a degree in mathematics from Berea College in 1952, and during his college years he worked in Bereaís Broom Factory. He began his nearly 30-year teaching career in in Crossville, and in 1955 moved to Illinois where he worked for Del Monte Corporation as a plant foreman/supervisor. In 1967, the family moved to DeKalb, Illinois. After 15 years at Del Monte, he returned to teaching math and physical education, and was the basketball coach, bus driver, and principal at Paw Paw Junior High School. He retired from teaching in 1984. In the ë60s and 70ís, he raised Angus cattle and was a life-time member of the American Angus Society. During the summers in the mid ë70s, he and his wife started Collierís Farm, selling produce and homemade canned goods.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Alberta (Thomas) Collier; children: Lynda (John) Ann Favorite of Novi, Mich., and Glen (Mindy) Alan Collier of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren: John, Mark, Paul, and Mary Favorite, and Jack and Kendall Collier; sisters: Ruby Holtzclaw, Zola Faye Vause, Vivian Pauline Butler, and Betty (Paul) Salyers; brothers: Earl Jack (Toni) Collier and Philip, Jr. (Joyce) Collier; several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives.
Funeral service was conducted November 23, in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home. Interment followed at Marcum-Kidd Cemetery.
West-Murley Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.