William E McCollum

September 16, 1923September 13, 2013

William E. McCollum, 89, of Phoenix passed away September 13, 2013. He is survived by his children, Linda Beck, Darrell (Mary) McCollum, Connie (Frank) Coleman, Allen McCollum and Ellen (Jamie) Burt; 8 grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren. He enjoyed all Arizona sports, and also his pet tortoise "Speedy". He was an avid Ham Radio Operator (W5MFY) and worked for the US Postal Service from 1967-1985. He served honorably in the United States Air Force during World War ll and retired in 1966. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and neighbors. Visitation Monday, September 16, 2013 from from 10 am to 12 pm at A. L. Moore Grimshaw 710 W. Bethany Home Rd. Phoenix with a grave side service to follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 1:30 pm 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix. Please send a tribute at


  • Visitation Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, September 16, 2013

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John Peters

April 14, 2014

A great great man I really loved that ole guy, and truly miss him. Rest in piece ole buddy, rest it piece.. J&K

virginia vasilev

October 1, 2013

I remember all the laughter during coffee breaks near the Old Post Office Building, Phoenix, AZ in the late 70's. Thanks to Bill for all the stories and for his commitments to friends. I am sorry I don't know all you family members. God bless you as you remember the good times and special moments shared.

Mary & Luken McCollum

September 22, 2013

Luken & I are so thankful for our memories of Grand-dad. We have pics, letters and news clippings that he shared with us that are near and dear. We are both saddened that we were not able to attend his funeral. We have prayed together a special prayer for Grad-dad and know he knows we love and miss him .... And we expect to see him again!

Thank you Grand-dad for the stories, the history and most of all, your love. We love and miss you!

September 21, 2013

Sorry to hear about cousin Bill's passing but I was in San Angelo. Tex. with my kid's grandmother, she passed on Sat. 14th, she was 100yr's.5mos. 25 day's old her funeral was Wed. 18th, I just now looked in the computer, I always sent him a Christmas card & usually got card's during the yr. will miss hearing from him, Linda Gayle sorry for your loss, your cuz from Texas, Alice Helen

September 16, 2013

Bill,Thank you for being such a great friend to Seccy and myself.I enjoyed and will miss all of our sports debates.I think you were actually a closet yankee fan.I don,t know how we are going to have our Halloween chili without you.May all of your family find comfort at this difficult time.You will be sorely missed.

Rick and Seccy Carson

Terry Tooley

September 16, 2013

Bill, what a wonderful life you have lived. I will pray for the repose of your soul and to comfort your family and friends.

Sharon Tooley Bruner

September 16, 2013

Haven't gotten to see Cousin Bill lately, but have many good memories of when he would travel to Oklahoma to visit. Enjoyed all our talks on the phone and will miss him and his kindness. Thinking of all the family in this time of loss.

Shirley Burt

September 16, 2013

Memories of kindness, family and good old-fashioned fun, sharing life and stories on warm summer evenings. Thank you, Lord, for Bill's life touching ours through Ellen.

Jamie Burt

September 16, 2013

Bill, we will miss you. Thank you for your friendship and the gift of your daughter, my wife, Ellen....

Abbie Burt

September 16, 2013

We spent many fun times together when I was little. My funniest memory of you is when you tipped our tractor over while trying to mow the pastures on our 5 acre property. I still love looking at the picture Mom took of it sitting there on its side. You will always be remembered and now you can watch every rugby and frisbee game that Caleb and I play. You are loved and sorely missed.