SAN ANGELO – Chester Collier passed away in his home on Oct. 3, 2012. His last wish was that everyone be joyful and not let this time be filled with sorrow. He said, “I am never alone, God is always with me.”
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Loraine Cemetery. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way.
Born on May 21, 1946 in Loraine, TX to Bud and Eula Collier, Chester lived a rich and fulfilled life. He grew up in Inadale, TX and went to school in nearby Hermleigh. Growing up the son of a farmer he was never afraid of a hard days work. In his younger days he loved riding his motorcycle with his dad and brother. Riding through the winding country roads was what he liked best.
On July 23, 1966, he married his longtime sweetheart, Beverly Doyle, from Loraine, TX. Their family time was spent between Sweetwater and Loraine. Chester and Beverly had one son, Jim Collier, and as soon as he was old enough he joined his dad on those special motorcycle rides.
Chester was a cotton farmer, a member of the National Guard, a truck driver and then found his true calling working with clients from the Big Spring State School where he retired in 2006. Shortly after retirement Chester found a new work home at Small Schools Cooperative in the Veribest Preschool Program for children with disabilities. Known as “Pops” Chester once again brought joy, hope and compassion to each person he came in contact with.
When Pop was home, he loved being with his two grandsons. Whether teaching them to plow, work on a tractor, fish or play baseball, his love was unconditional and never failing. He played a vital part in who they are today and who they will become tomorrow.
Chester has touched many lives and we will miss his presence each day but we know he is in Heaven! What a glorious place for our Pop to be.
Chester is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly Collier; son, Jim Collier and wife Jodi, grandsons, Hudson and Lawson Collier; sister, Norma Jean Bryan; sister-in-law, Charlotte Collier; sister-in-law, Barbara Flannagan and husband Robert; brother-in-law, Tommy Doyle and wife Becky; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Eula Collier; brother, Lamoin Collier; brother, Bethel Collier; and in-laws, Jap and Nell Doyle.
Special thanks to Chester’s sister Norma Jean (for all the love and care), Mrs. Dee Dee (for bringing sunshine to his days), Dr. Courtney Jones and staff, Lighthouse Hospice and all of the friends and family who were and continue to be supportive and loving. The list is endless! Thank you from “Pop’s” family.