COLLIER, Bradley Aaron A proud and decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Nashville following a traffic accident. He was 35. Collier graduated from Nashville's Hillwood High School in 1994 and subsequently attended Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied Criminal Justice. He joined the Marines at the outset of the invasion of Iraq and saw action there in the city of Ramadi. It was in the latter campaign that Collier was critically wounded by sniper fire and a rocket propelled grenade during a fire fight that lasted several hours. As a result of his bravery and injuries, he was awarded numerous honors including the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart. Following his discharge from the Marines, Collier engaged in a variety of charitable activities, including speaking out for improved medical treatment of veterans and serving the homeless through the Room In The Inn Program. Both in his work and recreation, he enjoyed the constant companionship of his faithful pit bull, Corporal. Collier is survived by his mother, Susan Collier; father, Rex Collier; older brother, Christian Collier; step mother, Malvina Collier all of Nashville; aunt and uncle, Nancy and Bill Lehner of Ohio, Aunt Sandra Schroeder of Michigan and Aunt Barbara Collier of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charles and Velda Collier; his maternal grandmother, Bettie Del Rios; maternal grandfather, Norman Schroeder. The Life Celebration service will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to woundedwarriors.org or woundedwarriorregiment.org. Visitation with the family will be on Monday from 4-7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service hour at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Following the burial, the family will have a reception at 2:30 p.m. at the Brookmeade Congregational Church, 700 Bresslyn Road in West Meade. WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME, 6962 Charlotte Pike, (615) 352-9400 www.afamilylegacy.com
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6962 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209
Published in The Tennessean on May 6, 2012