Tommie Lee Collier, 58, of Crozet passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013. He was born on November 29, 1954 in Charlottesville, VA, son of Tommie and Elna Collier.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rachel Collier; two sons, Allen and his wife Jennifer of Greenwood and Benjamin and his wife Nicole of Scottsville; four grandsons, Devin, Corey, and Konner Collier and Daniel Helmes and one granddaughter, Sarah Collier; his mother Elna Collier and his mother-in-law, Pearl Marshall; sister-in-laws; Helen Marshall of Charlottesville ; Ethel Hutchinson and her husband , Bill of Gordonsville; Shirley Irving of Gordonsville, brothers-in-laws, Melvin Marshall and his wife Teresa of Scottsville; Jimmy Marshall and his wife Linda of Scottsville, and Kenny Marshall of Stony Point; an aunt Frances Buttner and her husband , Terry of Ruckersville; an uncle Olen Morris and his wife, Ruth of Ruckersville as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tommie Collier; his sister Bonnie Kay; his paternal grandparents, John and Flossie Collier his maternal grandparents, Ernest and Mattie Morris and his father-in-law, Vernie Marshall.
He retired from University of Virginia Facilities Management after 36 years of service. While at the University he was a supervisor in the Sign, paint, Lock, Cabinet, and the upholstery shops. He also worked many special events including UVA graduation and class reunions. He was a lifetime member of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department. While active with the fire department he served as the junior Advisor for many years, worked on the Crozet Fire Department fourth of July carnival where he coordinated and scoured the area to find the best prizes available to make the event a fun one for all and he coached the Sharp Shooter team who completed in Shooter Education BB state tournaments. He coached t-ball in Charlottesville and little league through junior league for Peachtree Little League in Crozet and was known for giving kids rides around the neighborhood in the garden cart behind his lawn mower. He also served as a former advisor for Royal Ambassadors at Crozet Baptist Church. He always managed to amaze the little ones as he magically made quarters appear out of their ears.
He loved to hunt and fish and just to be outdoors. Many times during hunting season you would find him asleep under a tree with a deer grazing nearby. He also looked forward each week to his card games with his special friends at The Meadows.
After his retirement from the University his greatest joy was spending time and playing with his grandchildren. He often took them fishing and looking for wildlife. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he has touched.
His grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers; Devin, Corey, Konner Collier and Daniel Helms.
Family will receive friends at the Crozet Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6-8 pm.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Crozet Baptist Church with Rev. David Collier officiating. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery, 645 Evergreen Church Road in Stanardsville, VA
Anderson Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.