OBITUARY

Bill Collie Jr.

July 5, 1936June 16, 2013

We give thanks for the life of Bill Collie, (William Levinson Collie, Jr.) who passed away suddenly Sunday, June 16, 2013. He was born July 5, 1936, in Pecos, Texas to the late Josephine (Williams) and William L. Collie, Sr. He married Charolette Watson on March 24, 1962 in Odessa, Texas. He is survived by his wife Charolette, brother Charles Wilson Collie and wife Pat, daughter Molly Collie and Joe Postnikoff, son Morris Watson and Dana Collie, son Lance Cole and Cheryl Collie; grandchildren Kate and Garrett Irvin, Magdalyn Postnikoff, Patton and Victoria Collie, Park and Finn Collie. Also surviving is his nephew Don Charles Collie, niece Linda Collie Nance, their spouses Monica and Alan and children. Bill was also “Uncle Bill” to numerous Watson nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Bill was a fifth generation Texan and a 1954 graduate of Pecos High School, home of the Fighting Pecos Eagles. He attended University of Texas School of Engineering and later served in the U.S. Army for “2 years 11 months and 9 days”. Bill was a third generation Rotarian and active in Rotary Clubs since 1961. He was President of two clubs in Pecos and Odessa and a member in Austin, Harlingen and Burnet. In 1961 he took over the family commercial electrical contracting business at the death of Bill Sr. and expanded it into a dealership for Carrier AC. In 1974 he began a 31year career with Nunn Electric Supply as a manager in Austin, Odessa and Harlingen. He retired as a President in the company in 2006 and moved to Burnet.

Bill was “one-of-a-kind”. Meeting him was a memorable experience and he could make any person feel they were special. He effortlessly commanded any room because he had that unique presence. Deeply Texas proud, he loved his family passionately and was known to drive all over, even across the Red River to watch his grandchildren participate in their activities and sports. He took great pride in his version of “Splexican’ when working with banks in Mexico, although they were not nearly as impressed with his command of their native tongue.

He had a generous heart and was a forever friend. Bill and Charolette enjoyed almost 40 years of friendships with the ABCS&Gs so called by all their motley kids. He spent 45 years of special friendships in the Davis Mountains at “Deer Camp”. Known as a committed UT fan with tickets to Longhorn football, basketball and baseball, there are many photographs of him wearing burnt orange and his hand up flashing a Hook ‘Em Horns sign.

Bill leaves all who know him with a big space that is filled with love and memories of gatherings with family and friends as the fun guy talking and laughing, with a full working box next to the oversized chair on the back porch, with lots of western music for backdrop of a life well lived. He was King Daddy to his children, Big Bill to his friends and simply Granddad. Vaya con Dios (or some version of that, pick your favorite Bill Collie-ism!). In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Burnet Boys & Girls Club, La Care food bank in Burnet or Rotary Club International.

The Memorial Service for Bill will be held at 11:00 A.M.Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet officiated by Reverend Ernest Spiekermann. www.clementswilcoxburnet.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Jim Brammer

June 27, 2013

Charlotte, I was so sorry to learn of your loss. Bernie and I had so much fun with you, Bill and family in the early 1980s when we were living in Anderson Mill - neighborhood parties, impromptu get togethers and weekends skiing on the lake. My hope is that memories of happier times and the many wonderful things about Bill will help sustain you and your family during this difficult time.

With Much Love,

Jim Brammer

craig fontaine

June 21, 2013

I just returned from the services for Mr. Collie. I have been a friend of the Collie family for the better part of forty years. I'm sitting in my office going over the days events and I and I am truly humbled of the heralded stories I have heard today about a man whom I have lived in the presence of for so many years, feeling sorry for myself that I was not able to share such a story. I have had the honor to hear such stories from Bill from time to time but had never really grasped the meaning or depth of the message perhaps I was one of those who took this for granted because longevity of knowing this family or the fact that his son is one of my closest friends and I took it for granted. The eloquence of those who spoke at the service today overwhelmed me. I sat at the back of the room tears running down my face. Not only for Bill. Not only for the Collie's. But for the jealous reasons that I fear that if it were my time such kind, heart felt, full life, love stories could not be told about me, even by the best script writers in Hollywood. I left the service feeling like the man I have known for thirty eight years, was a man I never really knew at all. Sure I have my stories with the Collie family and they are some of my favorites, but to hear others talk about it sparked old memories that I had long forgot. Call me forgetful,call me spoiled but these are the stories that I grew up with so they really are not stories to me they were part of my life, I lived it, so of course i took it for granted . After hearing all of the stories today I really feel like I have cheated myself knowing that I did have access to such a uberpersonality (trademarked) human being and that I never really took advantage of it. What I can tell you is that a great man passed away leaving a legacy,a impact on all who knew him, a wonderful wife, and a family that has a profound impact on my life. Lance I love you like a brother , but you have always known this CF

June 20, 2013

Charlotte, My heart and prayers are with you and your family.. Bill will be missed by a whole bunch of folks. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for any and all of you.

Much Love from Bernie Brammer (bernieb@tflife.org)

Gordon Hay

June 20, 2013

It is hard to believe that I met Bill almost 20 years ago...a lone man standing on a polished floor of granite...I was to meet him in Quantico at 0800 to attend Lance's graduation from MSG school...so there he was just standing in the middle of this huge foray...cheerfully commanding his own presence...after a simple introduction his first words were..."Well fine Sir, you surely would know where two gentlemen can get a drink on this fine morning."
Bill over the years always kept tabs on me...and in manner that was definitively his own, and offered himself as a mentor. I have never met a man that could say so much with so few words...
I have seen Bill laugh, and I have seen Bill cry...he laughed at the things would make most men weap, and when he cried it was when I asked him about being a father...my two children were but toddlers, we were sharing a drink when he came out to my commissioning and we were watching Lance..well being Lance... and I asked a simple question about being a father...he cracked a smile and held it, and as he did his eyes filled with tears...to me it was clear that just thought of his children overwhelmed him with joy...joy that could break Big Bill...he never did answer my question...in words...his smile and his tears...well that was the answer... we silently went back to our whiskey and watching Lance.
We all have our own definition of what a hero is...for me it is when a man gives himself without having to do so.
Bill gave himself to me blindly...he shared his compassion, temperance and friendship with me...Bill you are a hero.
I am honored that I got to be your "wheel man" that week end in DC and that you chose to be my "wheel man" in life.
Cheers, Bill...Cheers
Gordon Hay
Marine Gunner USMC

Christina Collins

June 19, 2013

Charlotte, you and the rest of the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bill was always a fun character to visit with at family gatherings and will be greatly missed. Hugs and kisses to you.

Mike Haynes

June 19, 2013

Mr. Collie was a very special man and we will miss his sense of humor and his wisdom. He was a wonderful man to work for and I owe him alot. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.

David Bailey

June 19, 2013

Charlotte, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I still think of the many kindnesses you and Bill showed me during my many extended work assignments in Odessa and the Valley. I learned a lot from Bill, but I will constantly remember how easily he could make me laugh and how often he did so. My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family.

Ken Russell

June 19, 2013

Molly,

Please know that I am thinking of you and your family. I am so sorry for the entire Collie clan and I know that this loss leaves a large hole in your hearts. I do hope it brings you some measure of comfort knowing that there are many people lifting your family in prayer.

Maureen Carnevale

June 19, 2013

{HUG}s and prayers to the family. I always loved being around Mr. Collie. He loved life and always made me laugh and smile. God Bless. With deepest respect and sympathy,

Rosemary & Phil Graves

June 18, 2013

Charlotte,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you draw comfort from the thought that there are many lifting you up in prayers.

Rosemary (Webb) and Phil Graves