Claire McCollum

Claire McCollum

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 1:48 pm

The Messenger, September 6, 2012
Completed arrangements are being announced for Claire McCollum, 84, of Woodland Mills, who died Sept. 5, 2012, at Baptist Trinity Hospice in Collierville.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Hugh Barksdale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery near Union City.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the hour of services Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Bill Garrigan, Mike Hampton, Blake White, Andrew Thompson, Gregory Hopkins and Glenn Fowler.
The family requests that memorials be made to Andy Holt Scholarship Endowment at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Chimes for Charity; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
She was born May 20, 1928, in Milan, daughter of the late Clyde and Ruth (Holt) Thompson. She married Samuel Benson “Sam” McCollum Dec. 23, 1951. He died Jan. 8, 2006.
She attended the former Mississippi State College for Women for a year and then transferred to UT in Knoxville, graduating in 1950. She taught home economics at South Fulton and the former Woodland Mills high schools and worked for the UT Agricultural Extension Service for 33 years. She was a member of Union City First United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing bridge, reading and traveling.
In August, she was inducted into the Obion County Fair Hall of Fame.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Sammy and Patty McCollum of Woodland Mills; her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Kenneth Hardin of Memphis; two granddaughters and the spouse of one, Jaime and Blake White and Rachel McCollum, all of Woodland Mills; her great-granddaughter, Benson Olivia White of Woodland Mills; her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Marilou Thompson of Memphis; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Clyde Thompson Jr.; and her sister, Ruth Marie Thompson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.

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