Neon News Nov 10 1939
Prominent Neon Couple Enjoy
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Collier (Wilburn Wib Collier and Drucilla Sillar Reynolds)
On Monday, October 2, 1939, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Collier spent their Golden Wedding Anniversary quietly at their home in Neon, Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Collier were married on October 23, 1889, at the home of the bride's uncle, the late Elijah Baker, Methodist minister, who lived on a farm on the site of what is now Hemphill.
Mr. Collier was born at Paintsville, Kentucky, but at the time of his marriage was living in the county at what is now McRoberts, Kentucky, while Mrs. Collier's home was at what is now Seco, Kentucky. She was marriage Miss Sillar Reynolds, daughter of the late W. H. Reynolds (William Henry Reynolds).
Since most of this country at that time was a wooded section and had very poor roads, most of the traveling was done on horseback. Mr Collier recalls that his bride to be rode behind him from Seco to Hemphill to their wedding. He mentioned to the News reporter that Mrs. Collier wore a long black riding skirt on this trip.
After the wedding the couple went to McRoberts where they partook of a big wedding supper at the home of the late W. B. Reedy and wife, Mrs. Reedy being a sister of the groom.
Mr. and Mrs. Collier lived at McRoberts for a short time and then purchased a farm on Little Creek. There he set up a general store which he operated for about twenty seven years. In connection with this store he ran the Baker post office for about twelve years. This post office has since been discontinued. The store was located on the site of what is now the Sol Johnson Store. While engaged in this business Mr. Collier served as Magistrate of the district.
In 1916 the Colliers moved to Neon where they engaged in the hotel and merchandise business. The Caller Hotel was located on the site of what is now the Johnson Funeral Home. They operated this hotel for about four years. Mr. Collier then purchased a tract of land in the lower end of Neon on which he built the home where they now reside, which is considered one of the choice locations in the town. This plot of ground is known as the "Collier Addition."
This couple recall when the first train came into Neon which was in December 1912.
Mr. Collier has always been active in politics and public and civic affairs and at one time was Chairman of the County Board of Education. Later he was elected Police Judge of the town of Neon.
To this union was born eight children all of whom are living but one, Mrs. S. M. (Mary Bell) Wright, who passed away in January of this year (1939). The children are as follows: Dr Millard Collier of Kermit W. VA.; Mrs. Liza Jones, of Neon; Mr. M. T. Collier of Johnson City, Tenn., Mr. Willie Collier of Neon, Mrs. Della Davidson and Mrs. Elsie Oaks of Hazard and Mrs. Allie Mae Craft of Jenkins.
Mr. and Mrs. Collier have thirteen grand children, one of whom, Billie Louise, makes her home with them.
Mr. Collier, now 74 and his wife, 67, are enjoying good health and we wish for them many more happy and useful years.
Mt Eagle, Whitesburg, KY, Thursday, February 2, 1961 Page 7
Wib Collier succumbs at 95
Wilburn B Collier was born June 2, 1865 at Paintsville, (KY), departed this life January 23, 1961, being 95 years, 7 months and 21 days old. He was married to Sillar Reynolds in October 1889, who preceded him in death 17 years, at the age of 72. To this union was born 8 children, 4 of whom preceded him in death: Della Street, Mary Belle Wright, Morgan and Willie. Those now living are Dr. Millard Collier, Kermit, W. VA.; Liza Jones, Neon; Elsie Oaks, Birmingham, Ala.; and Allie Craft of Neon. He was a member of the Christian Church about 30 years. He had attended the Regular Baptist Church in earlier years.
He was a merchant by trade, having a store and hotel where Craft's Funeral Home now stands. He also dealt in real estate, had acted as Police Judge in Neon, and had served as magistrate for two terms in Letcher County. Uncle Wib, as he was lovingly called, was well loved by all who knew him. Our loss is Heaven's gains.