William Collier

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(October 13, 1923 -
January 30, 2013)

William Henderson (Bill) Collier passed away on January 30, 2013, at the Ashley Glen memory care facility in Peachtree City, Georgia.

He was born on October 13, 1923, in Ft. Worth, Texas, the youngest of four children. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and also served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Bill began his professional career with Texaco in San Antonio, where he met Anita Margaret Becker, the love of his life. The couple married in 1948 and briefly lived in Lockport, Illinois. They then moved back to Texas, where Bill joined the Monsanto Company and worked for more than 30 years at its Texas City and Chocolate Bayou plants.

Bill and Anita raised three children in Alvin, where they were active in the First Presbyterian Church. After Bill retired in the early 1980s, the couple moved to San Antonio, where they were also active members at First Presbyterian Church downtown. Bill later moved to Peachtree City, Georgia in 2008.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Anita, in 1999. Also preceding him in death were his two brothers, Henry Ward (Gus) Collier, and Robert E. (Bud) Collier.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Jane Collier Shaw, children, William (Bill) Collier, Jr., and wife, Mei, of Long Beach, Ca., Stephen Collier, Sr., and wife, Patty, of Texarkana, Tex., and Cathy Collier Holleman, and husband, Stephen, of Fayetteville, Ga. He is further survived by his 7 grandchildren, Bess Collier Swantner of San Antonio, Ward Collier of Arlington, Va. and Meredith Collier of College Station; Jessica Collier of Ft. Collins, Co. and Sophie Collier of West Los Angeles, Ca.; and Will Holleman and Sam Holleman of Fayetteville, Ga. Last May, Bill was blessed to become a great grandfather with the birth of Elsa Margaret Swantner of San Antonio.

A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held on Saturday, February 16, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio or to the .
Published in Express-News on Feb. 4, 2013
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