Mr. Billy Joe McCollum
July 2, 1939 – October 11, 2020
Pickens, SC - Mr. Billy Joe McCollum, age 81, loving husband to Mildred Hayes McCollum of 61 years, of Pickens, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson, SC.
Mr. McCollum was born in Pickens, SC on July 2, 1939 to the late Ralph Gordan and Essie Freeman McCollum. He retired from Duke Power as a welder and was an avid fisherman to anything that would bite. Mr. McCollum enjoyed his motorized toys especially driving his 1939 Chevrolet sedan but most of all he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his loving wife, Mr. McCollum is survived by two daughters: Sandy Noel (John) and Gail McCollum, both of Pickens; a son: Scott McCollum of Pickens; a sister: Winona Pelfrey of Easley; three grandchildren: Renee Turner (Matt) of Pickens, Phillip Martin of Pickens, and Chelsea Washington (Ben) of Easley; and six precious great-grandchildren: Alexus Martin, Braxton Turner, Peyton Martin, Kennedy Martin, Finley Kate Washington, Cora Jo Washington and Alexis Crayne.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McCollum was preceded in death by four brothers: Ralph "Junior" McCollum, John McCollum, Gerald McCollum, and Doug McCollum.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 PM on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Reverend Billy Holder officiating. Family will be receiving friends after the service at Pop's Place in the bottoms.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Rainey Hospice House 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, South Carolina 29621
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.dignitymemorial.com. Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the McCollum family.
- Ralph McCollum, Father (deceased)
- Essie Freeman, Mother (deceased)
- Mildred Hayes McCollum, Spouse
- Sandy Noel (John), Daughter
- Gail McCollum, Daughter
- Scott McCollum, Son
- Winona Pelfrey, Sister
- Ralph "Junior" McCollum, Brother (deceased)
- John McCollum, Brother (deceased)
- Gerald McCollum, Brother
- Doug McCollum, Brother (deceased)
- Renee Turner (Matt), Grandchild
- Phillip Martin, Grandchild
- Chelsea Washington (Ben), Grandchild
- Alexus Martin, Great Grandchild
- Braxton Turner, Great Grandchild
- Peyton Martin, Great Grandchild
- Kennedy Martin, Great Grandchild
- Finley Kate Washington, Great Grandchild
- Cora Jo Washington, Great Grandchild
- Alexis Crayne, Great Grandchild
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Mr. Billy Joe McCollum
October 14, 2020
Coy and I were so saddened when we learned of Bill's passing. Bill was such a kind and gentle man. He loved all his family so much and it showed by all the pictures that were posted. All of you will always have so many wonderful memories of the times you spent together. Each and every one of you have always had a special place in my heart. We Love You all so dearly!
With our most heartfelt care and sympathy, Coy and Claudine Stone
Edie McCollum Allen
October 13, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. It has been such a long time since I have seen you and Bill. I will always remember Bill as my quiet and gentle uncle, and you were always so sweet to me. We are praying for you and I know we will see him again someday. Love to you and the family. Edie & Jerry Allen
October 12, 2020
Mildred and family,
We are so sorry about Bill. We will him. Bill was a wonderful man and a great friend. He always talked about you and his children and grandchildren with love and respect. Please know that if you need help in future days we will be here to help. Please accept our love and condolences.
Charles, Wanda, Journey, Patience, Skyler and Charlene
October 11, 2020
I am heartbroken to see that Billy Joe has passed away. He was such a sweet man and I loved to see him come to the bank and to be able to get a hug from him. He was one of my favorite customers and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.
October 11, 2020
Mr Bill or Pop’s was one of a kind .. He loved everyone . We knew him from Gap Hill as Scott’s Pop and our Pop .. He was the glue that held the family together.. Later we started going to Pop’s place in the bottoms and learned to love Mrs Mildred , Sandy, Gail and the grand babies as we loved Scott and Pop’s ..what a wonderful family!! Love y’all so much !! Rip Pop’s , I know there will be hot rods and bikes in heaven and you will be leading the parade!! ❤️❤️😢