William Edwin Collum, Sr.

April 14, 1937March 5, 2013
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William Edwin Collum, Sr., 75, of Riegelwood, North Carolina, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. He passed away at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Southport, North Carolina on April 14, 1937 to the late Pearl and Beulah Collum, and was one of seven children. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, where he received the National Defense Service Medal. He was well known in Columbus County as the “heating and air man;” and was beloved by all who met him for his easy going spirit. Among those whom he considered his best friends and kept in touch with most, were his long-time customers and many minister friends. Edwin was a faithful and lifelong member of the Delco Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church and served as a deacon for many years. He deeply loved and cared for his family, friends and church family. He loved welcoming ministers and their families in his home. He was a devoted and faithful Christian and taught his family strong Christian values. He loved the church and loved serving others. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and loved spending time with his family. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him. Edwin is preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years Mary Magdalene Collum ,his father, Pearl Collum and mother, Beulah Collum, four sisters, Virginia Hines, Linnie Parrillo ,Helen Lehnert ,Shirley Harker and one brother, Jesse Winfred Collum, Sr. He is survived by two daughters; Deborah Miller (Wade), Gwendolyn Carter (Randy); one son William E. Collum, Jr. and one brother, Robert Leroy Collum (Teal). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jonathan Carter (Rachel), Jena Carter, Kristen Carter, Gloria Miller-Luke (Rob) and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Brian M. Legere and staff, the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Nursing Staff and medical team, the Delco PFWB Church, and special friends and family who have supported him with prayers and love. The family would especially like to thank Barbara and Darryl Lennons for many years of dedicated devotion. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Delco Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 283 Kaiser Road, Delco, NC 28436. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Delco Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church with Reverends Don Sauls, Mike Owens, and Randy Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Delco Cemetery with military honors. The staff of Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Services is honored to serve the family of William Edwin Collum, Sr.



  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2013


  • Graveside Service, Military Honors

William Edwin Collum, Sr.

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Gwen Carter

April 1, 2014

Daddy, it has been over a year now, and so hard to believe that you have been gone that long. We still miss you so much! You were such a wonderful and loving father to us. I know you have a much better life now, with no more suffering. We will all see you again one day. Love you! Gwen

March 14, 2013

Daddy, I am already missing you so badly. I miss our daily talks, talking about what you ate for breakfast, what you were doing each day, and chatting about Wheel of Fortune. There is a hole in my heart now without you. You were always so good to me and my family. You never complained, and I'm sure that I didn't realize how badly you were suffering, because you never wanted me to know. You were so good to everyone and put others first. Everyone that knew you is a better person for having known you. I just wish you were still here for me because I miss you so deeply. It is so unreal to me now with you gone, it is hard to grasp. Yet, somehow, I have to move on and accept the fact that you are in a better place and at rest. Knowing that you are in heaven with Mama now provides some comfort. I guess there was a huge hole missing in your life for the past 2 1/2 years with Mama gone, so I should understand the feelings you had when she left us. You were such a special person, and will not be easily forgotten. My heart is aching for you today. I just hope that somehow, I made a difference in your life by taking care of you during your last few days here. I can never repay you for all the love, joy and goodness you gave to me and my family. I just hope that you are at peace and rest now in the arms of Jesus. I know you told me that you hated to leave all of us children and the kids, but that you were ready to go see Mama again. Your dream has become a reality now, so I kiss you goodbye in this life. I can only wait until I see you both again. My love will always be with you and Mama. Tell her that I love her, and I will be with you both one day! Lots of love and kisses to the best Daddy in the whole wide world.....Gwen

Wendy Rockwell

March 13, 2013

Eddie, Debbie and Gwen,
I am thinking of you all at this
difficult time. I always thought your
dad was such a nice and kind man.
My prayers are with each of you.
Take comfort in knowing that he is
with his Heavenly Father.

Robin Bunting

March 9, 2013

Debbie, You and your family are in my prayers. Your Daddy is with your Mom now and they are at peace. He left a wonderful legacy, you.

Gayle Davis

March 9, 2013

Dear Debbie and Gwen. I am so sorry about the loss of your father, but I know he is rejoicing in Heaven with your mother. I am glad you shared the photo gallery, which I have enjoyed watching. It is obvious that he led a full life in which he was surrounded by love. I am praying for comfort for all of you. Love you.
Gayle Tart Davis

Becky Williams

March 8, 2013

So very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and praryers. I have very fond memories of your father (and mother) from childhood.

Melany & Jeff Wayne

March 8, 2013

We will be keeping you and your family in our prayers. We are ao sorry for your loss.
Love You!

Denise Stevenson

March 8, 2013

Gwen: May God comfort you.

March 8, 2013

To The Edwin Collum,Sr.Family:
So sorry for your loss. I have known
your wonderful parents for over fifty
years. I pray that God will give each
of you peace during this time of sorrow.

Ruby Barnhill, Apopka,FL
(Hazel Collum's Sister)

March 7, 2013

Gwen, our thoughts are with you in your loss. Dick and Peggy Supinski