Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Obituaries

May 8, 2013

Charlene Childress Collier

Corsicana —

Charlene Childress Collier was born in Rankin, Feb. 18, 1920 to Ethel Derden Childress and Charley Clay Childress. She married Tommy Ray Collier on May 24, 1941 in Waxahachie and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage together.

Soon after her husband left for the war in 1941 she went to work at Consolidated Aircraft in Ft. Worth and became a true Rosie the Riveter shooting rivets into the wings of bombers during 1942 and 1943. After the war, Tommie and Charlene moved to Emhouse and raised their three children.

She was always involved in her children's activities at church and at school and later in life remained busy every day doing something for others. She loved being outdoors and tending to her yard and cattle. When she went inside she was busy with her hands. She learned from her grandmother how to work with her hands, sewing, crocheting and quilting.

She was a very talented and creative lady that could see a picture of something and duplicate it. For all the years of her life she made curtains, pillows, party dresses, coats, costumes, bridesmaid and wedding dresses and in later years devoted herself to making quilts. As a hand quilter she has spent long hours and many days at the quilt frame, but piecing quilts gave her great pleasure. She found a peace in the quiet world of silent stitches. She completed quilts for all her children and grandchildren and lots of special friends and relatives. This was her gift of time for times to come. She passed on those simple treasures that cannot be mass produced. Many beautiful memories of her will always be quilted together in our hearts.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Watkins and husband Ronny, Charles Collier and wife Bobbie and Debby Bryant and husband Marc; five grandchildren, Brandye West and husband Tom, Kevin Collier and wife Elizabeth, Caryn Collier and husband Les McKay, Becky Sultan and husband Bryan and Matthew Bryant and wife Beth; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Collier, Luke Bryant and Grayson McKay.

She was a member of Northside Baptist Church and worked in the Care Center and cooked on Wednesdays for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and four brothers and one sister and many dear family members and friends.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She will be remembered in a funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Collier, Matthew Bryant, Tom West, Bryan Sultan, Les McKay and Scott Watkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Nelson, John F. Henderson, John Paul Collier and Brett Watkins.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church Care Center or a organization of your choice.

An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Joyce Lloyd Joyce Lloyd

    Joyce Lloyd, 45, of Ennis passed away Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marion Junior Clark

    Marion Junior Clark, 76 of Kerens, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village.

    April 16, 2014

  • Billie Jean Tunnell Billie Jean Tunnell

    Billie Jean “Jeanie” Tunnell, 81, of Oklahoma City, Okla. passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Otis Lee Long Otis Lee Long

    Otis Lee Long, 76, passed away peacefully at 4:23 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audrey Faye Thompson Tolleson Audrey Faye Thompson Tolleson

    Faye Tolleson, 85, of Corsicana, peacefully went to be with the Lord during her sleep early Saturday morning on April 12, 2014.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doris Fay Ivy Patrick

    Doris Fay Ivy Patrick, born in the Mt. Zion Community located near Fairfield on May 9, 1926.

    April 11, 2014

  • William 'Wiggy' Earl Defreeze William 'Wiggy' Earl Defreeze

    William (Wiggy) Earl Defreeze, 65, of Norman, Okla. born Oct. 25, 1948 in Corsicana to Joe and Delores Defreeze of Hobbs, N.M., passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Midwest City, Okla.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty Montfort

    Betty Montfort, 85, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

    April 11, 2014

  • Death Notices for 4-11-14

    Hiawatha Brown, 81, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

    April 10, 2014

  • Edna Owens McCain Edna Owens McCain

    Edna would have celebrated her 94th birthday on May 6, 2014, but her Lord and Savior called her home a few days early.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston Egypt Clamps Down on Mosques to Control Message After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?
Featured Ads
Twitter Updates