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William Henry McCollum

September 9, 1930 ~ October 12, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

William McCollum Obituary

Bill passed away peacefully on October 12, 2023 at The Crossings Retirement Community in League City, Texas. 

He was born September 9, 1930 in Delight, Arkansas. He graduated high school early and attended Henderson State Teachers College where he majored in English. He worked briefly as a teacher, then joined his cousin in Galveston for work at American National Insurance Company. There he met the woman who became his wife of 65 years and retired as a company officer after 43 years of service in Personnel / Human Resources. 

Bill loved the Galveston community. He chaired United Way campaigns, was president of the Galveston County Cultural Arts Council, served on the board of Methodist Retirement Communities and supported many other endeavors and charities. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three older sisters and their husbands, three nephews, one niece, and one great-nephew. He is survived by: his wife Bernice; his daughters Melisa McCollum Micheletti and Myra McCollum; sister in-law Dorothy Allen; brother-in-law Fred Feliz; nephews Wayne Watson (Sandra) Billy Don Olson (Jo Ann), George Feliz (Mary), Mark Allen; nieces Ina Sue Riney (Tommy), Kathleen Hector (Glenn); dear friends Glenn and Ruth Langley. 

Bill’s family extends their sincere and illimitable gratitude to everyone who cared for him. At home were Dottie Epperson, Marilyn James, Kimberly Mitchell, Pamela McNeely, Shaneeka Davis, Danna Hawkins and Tonya Nickerson. Care staff at The Crossings included Jenn Ortiz, Ian, Gecele, Tammie, Dana, Connie, Natalie, Ally, Mikey and many others. (Please forgive grief brain!) Finally at Faith Community Hospice, Doris Bennett, nurses Natasha, Erin and especially Mary and Priscilla. Their quality of care and compassion was immeasurable. 

Donations may be made at mrcaff.org/giving. Please specify The Crossings and Covenant Fund. This allows residents who deplete their financial resources to maintain their residence and beyond-excellent care at The Crossings. 

A private service was held on October 18 followed by burial at Forest Park East Cemetery under the direction of J. Levy and Termini Funeral Home.

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