Graveside services were held for Guy “Slim” Lewis Collier, 92, of Lindsay on June 2 at Lindsay-Srathmore Cemetery officiated by Pastor Dale R. Seaman. He died on May 27 at his residence.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1911 in Clayton, New Mexico. He moved to Strathmore in 1936. He worked in fruit packing houses until 1940, when he moved to San Diego and worked in the Department of Defense until 1942.
He came back to Strathmore and went to work for Simms Trucking Company until he and S. L. Coley raised enough money to buy the company. He bought out the remaining portion of the company when his partner passed away. In 1966 his son, Dorman Collier, became his partner until 1976 when Mr. Collier retired. He sold the business to Dorman at that time.
He was enlisted in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed fishing, traveling in the RV and gambling. His big love was sports. He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Porterville. He married Maxine Tillery on June 3, 1989 in Portale, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his son, John "Jay" Collier, on March 14, 1998 and his first wife, Octa Collier on Oct. 5, 1988.
He is survived by two sons, Dorman Larry Collier of Strathmore and Ronnie Lewis Collier of Pleasanton, Calif.; a brother, Eugene Preston Collier of Odessa, Texas; an uncle, Bert Collier of Bethane, Okla.; his wife, Maxine Collier of Lindsay; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; 16 step-grandchildren; 23 great-step-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Hospice of Tulare County, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Arrangements were made by Webb-Sanders Funeral Home of Lindsay.