Chapel Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

8701 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK


Nivek Michael McCollum

August 14, 1998September 30, 2019
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Nivek McCollum was taken from us on September 30, 2019 at the young age of 21. He was born on August 14, 1998 in Oklahoma City. He enjoyed playing basketball with his many friends and questing with his Uncle Matt. He learned to SCUBA dive and snowboard with his dad. He learned how to play poker with Nana. Pawpaw taught him to fish and hunt. He learned to fly airplanes with his Grandad and liked to draw with Nana Beck. His commitment to the sciences was influenced by his multiple in-depth conversations with G-Vix and David. His mom taught him how to be caring and giving – and actually mean it. Nivek graduated from Yukon High School in 2016 and was pursuing a career in forensic science. He was a student at OSU-OKC in the Police Science A.A.S. Crime Scene Investigation Program; just another example of Nivek wanting to help people. Nivek worked at the Sprint call center and was immediately welcomed to the team and loved working there. Many people from his school and work have made a point to let us know how great Nivek was to be around.

Nivek was survived by his parents, Meredith and Shane Way; his uncle, Matt McCollum; his girlfriend Taylin Han; his sister, Lexi Probert and her growing family; his grandparents, Ed and Terri McCollum, Vicki and David Garrison, Michael and Becky Way; his Uncle Scott Garrison and his family; as well as his extended family: The McCollum’s, The Whitley’s, The Goddard’s, The Searls’, The Nestor’s, Aunt Nicole, and the Surrey Hills Posse which includes Austin Elliott, Colton & Curtis Columbus, Ethan Hedrick, Andrew Bursch, Hunter Honeyfield, Alex & Allen Zachary and so many more. Just as importantly, he was survived by his favorite puppies - Rufus Bogart McCollum and Joseph Reginald Way.

Nivek was preceded in death by his Great-Grandpa Bill Goddard – who loved to refer to Shane as Shawn, his Great-Grandma Dorothy and Great-Grandad Charles “Red” Way, his Uncle Mike Whitley as well as Jan Whitley – the sweetest angel. Although he never met her, he was preceded in death by his Great-Grandma Jean Marie Goddard who is with him now.

Nivek was witty, way TOO smart, and fairly inappropriate. He always had a great comeback. He was not very good at telling jokes and he was a terrible liar. Although Nivek was only here for 21 years, he meant the world to many people. Those who knew Nivek have lost a small part of themselves and life is a little less bright. We all have a huge hole in our hearts full of sadness. Nivek would want us to fill that hole with all the great memories of him.

Nivek never thought that genetics were the only connection to family. His love was widespread and given freely without any expectations. Nivek had a group of friends who he always considered his brothers and we have always considered our other sons. Nivek was committed to friendship and could find a friend anywhere he went. He gave rides to people walking, he gave money to people in need on the side of a highway, he gave food to the hungry.

In the end, Nivek was able to help by giving the ultimate gift. He was able to give multiple organs to people in need. It is our hope that those individuals and their families can live fuller lives with a small piece of Nivek shining through.


  • Austin Elliott
  • Colton Columbus
  • Andrew Bursch
  • Hunter Honeyfield
  • Ethan Hedrick
  • Alex Zachary
  • Matt McCollum, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shane Way, Honorary Pallbearer
  • The Whitley Family, Honorary Pallbearers
  • The Goddard Family, Honorary Pallbearers
  • Nicole Pope, Honorary Pallbearer
  • TJ Austin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kyle O'Donley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brandon Brackett, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Justin Woods, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Edgar Burkhardt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Crazy Dave, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeff Shannon, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Nivek Michael McCollum

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Heidi Shilling

October 10, 2019

Best Fiends from the start., We love you Nivek!

Hunter Honeyfield

October 10, 2019

One of the most important things for me in a friendship or in generally is trust worthiness. I Don't know if it was actually true but he said he told me things that I was the only person to know. Nivek was someone I could always go to for advice. He would come to my job when I was working late and ask if he could help me for free labor.. At one point nobody was there for me but he still was. Nivek developed his own opinions of people and never was with any bullshit hear-say. It made him feel good to build people up. If that doesn't speak of character I dont know what does. We played basketball almost every day and he swore he was going to make the NBA. (He clearly was not.) Hahaha. But he had that Klay Thompson Jump shot. He didn't like how I started beef with people playing basketball.. he was all about positively. Most recently I needed to clear my head and he spontaneously said don't listen to anyone else we are going to Colorado and we going straight to the mountains. when I'm off work. We always got into some type of trouble but learned from the lessons and always told each other those mistakes would never happen again. I will always be more positive because of him. Nivek was a navy man, and a God among men. Too many memories. Love you brother

Heidi Shilling

October 10, 2019

Our sons were Best Friends from the start. Nivek brought energy and light to Hunter’s life. I knew if I was worried about them Nivek would always take my call or text me back assuring me all was fine in his calming way. Nivek will always have a special place in our hearts~ Heidi Shilling

Colson Wollard

October 10, 2019

Deanna Elliott

October 9, 2019

Deeply saddened by the sudden passing of one of Austin’s closest friends. His wicked sense of humor and quick wit will be missed.
Austin so cherished his friendship-he was to be one of his groomsmen this December. We were all blessed to have had him in our lives.
Praying for his family to find peace, comfort and strength knowing that his was a life well-lived. He will live forever in our hearts.

Amy Whitley

October 9, 2019

I will dearly miss my sweet, fun and funny little cousin and friend. We had so many wonderful holidays and great times together. Sending you love and hugs always.

Teresa Brown

October 8, 2019

It is an absolute tragedy that Nivek was taken so soon. He had touched so many lives in his short time here. Even now he has saved lives. I know he would have gone to accomplish even more amazing things for this world. Take comfort in knowing that while his time here was short, it was astonishing! He had a wonderful & loving family, lots of fun with friends and experienced many incredible things. He was an amazing person that will certainly be forever loved and missed.
Rest in peace

Sending Love to you all!
Teresa Brown

Cierra Nease

October 8, 2019

I moved to Oklahoma in the middle of third grade. Nivek was in my class at Surrey. He was always nice to me even though I wasn’t from Surrey. He was good at making the whole class laugh. I didn’t have a class with him again until high school, but he hadn’t lost his knack for making the whole class laugh.

Kaleb Gosselin

October 8, 2019

I remember when we were in the navy and I was being sent home for medical issues , i was distraught. But then I met McCollum. We would play games, argue over what movies were better, he'd give me my mail before anyone else's when he was head of mailroom. He was an amazing guy and a great friend. He'd brighten your day honestly without even having to say a word just give you a weird face. Then again I'd do crazy amounts of PT cause the petty officer caught me laughing but even then I wouldn't change it. He had a huge heart and was always helping others. My wife and I will be praying for his family and fellow friends as they go through this difficult time. Fly high my friend. Thank you for making the world a little brighter.

Abbey Tape

October 7, 2019

Nivek was the one of the funniest people I knew! He was also one of the kindest. Him and my brother were great friends so naturally, he was always around!...Which was fine because he always brought such a positive energy with him. I feel like I’ve lost a little brother. Rest In Peace, Nivek. You were/are and always will be so loved.