Gary Wayne Collier, at age 64, took that "stairway to heaven" on April 7th, 2018, at Community Hospice McGraw Center in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was greeted by his one true love, Darlene Collier.
He is survived by his two daughters, Christina (Chris) Gall and Rebekah (Ryan) Mauldin; granddaughters, Winslow, Magnolia and Audra; his beloved parents, Walt and Sylvia Brown; brother, Richard (Nicky) Collier; two sisters, Gale (Joe) Durant and Donna (Kevin) Creasy; mother-in-law, Winnie Anderson; sister-in-law, Carol (Bill) Batchelder; brother-in-law, Donny Anderson; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
He was born in Connah's Quay, Flintshire, North Wales, UK, and grew up traveling as a military dependent. He graduated from Statesboro High School in 1972, and as a young adult, he enlisted in the USAF, where he proudly served his country for 20 years. He studied criminal justice and spent the majority of his career in the OSI as a special investigator. He and his family traveled the world, and in 1993, he retired with honors in South Carolina.
Gary always took care of his family and moved back to Fort Walton Beach when his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, where he stayed by her side until her passing in 1998. His last few years, he lived with his daughter Christina and her family, with his youngest daughter Rebekah and her family living close by.
Gary was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He was smart, quick-witted, sensitive and funny. He loved his family whole-heartedly and will be deeply missed by all.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Community Hospice McGraw Center for the excellent care and compassion they provided Gary is his last few days.
A private service will be held in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., May 12th with military honors at Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Integrity Funeral Home & Cremations; (904) 891-6211.
Statesboro Herald, April 15, 2018
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