Yorktown - Carolyn S. Collier left this life unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Carol was born in Rocky Mount, NC and lived there until she was a teenager. She then moved with her parents to Williamsburg, VA and attended James Blair High School. She later completed her business degree at Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond, VA.
In 1969, Carol met and married her soul mate, James W. Collier. This was the beginning of their wonderful life together, and their love for each other never wavered. They were a couple that were truly inseparable for 43 years. They moved to York County, and in 1975, Carol began her lifelong career at W.M. Jordan Company in Newport News. Carol was the Executive Assistant to Bill Jordan until his retirement in 1985. From 1985 until the present, she was the right arm and quarterback for John R. Lawson II, President and CEO, and his family.
Carol was a member of the Executive Assistants Organization of the Peninsula, and also served as Director in 2000. She and her husband Jimmy have been active members of the Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue since 2007. It was on Valentine's Day of 2007 that they adopted their own greyhound 'Lucy.' Lucy has been the joy of their lives. This adoption was the beginning of their passion to reach out and help so many track dogs to find loving homes.
Carol is survived by her husband James W. Collier of York County; her 'bestest' and lifelong friend Karen Holston and her husband John of Seaford; a sister-in-law Carol Jesses of Middlesex; and brother-in-law Alan Collier, also of Middlesex.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A memorial service will be held at Noon on Tuesday, in the main lobby of the Mariner's Museum in Newport News. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. at the James River Country Club.
Carol was loved by everyone whose life she touched. She will be missed so very much, and we will remember her every day for the rest of our lives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue, P.O. Box 1225, Lusby, MD 20657.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 17, 2012