Services for Gerald Collier, 78, of Lubbock will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ralls First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Payne officiating and the Rev. Gary Hubbard, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Goat Head Hill Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home.
He died Thursday, June 10, 1999, at Slaton Care Center.
He was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Coke County. He moved to Ralls in February of 1921. He attended Ralls public schools and graduated in 1938. He graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in electrical engineering in May 1942. He went to work for the Navy in Washington, D.C.
He volunteered for active duty in the Navy in December of 1943. He received a commission as an ensign and was assigned duty aboard a minesweeper. He served two tours in the Pacific theater. He was stationed at Okinawa and later in occupied Japan. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946.
He returned to Ralls, where he was engaged in the ranching business. He invented a cattle and sheep feeder which he sold internationally from a plant in Ralls.
While living in Ralls he served as chairman of the Board of the Ralls First United Methodist Church, chairman of the Ralls school board, and mayor.
He moved to Lubbock in 1974. He was engaged in the ranching and oil businesses until his retirement.
Survivors include a son, Bill Collier of Lubbock; two daughters, Connie Lindsay of Littleton, Colo., and Carol Henderson of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Frances Austin of Lubbock; and six grandchildren.
©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, June 10, 1999Transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
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