Rev Willis K Collier
and Mary Ellen Adams

Rev Willis K Collier b 23 July 1859 d 8 May 1943; buried Goose Creek, Letcher Co KY; s/o William D Collier and Rebecca Meade. Rev Willis K Collier m. (1) to Mary Ellen Adams b ? d 1889; buried Webb Cemetery, Mayking, Letcher Co KY; d/o William G Adams and Mary Webb. Children of Rev Willis K Collier and Mary Ellen Adams;

1. Sadie Collier b 10 Aug 1885 Baker, Letcher Co KY d 3 Feb 1915 Letcher Co KY; age 30. Sadie Collier m. 1903 to Otho Bentley b 23 Nov 1884 Jenkins, Letcher Co KY d 25 Oct 1965 Letcher Co KY; s/o John Martin Bentley and Malinda Addington. Otho Bentley m. (2) to Nancy Alice Hall b 5 Mar 1899 d in 1975 in Letcher Co KY; d/o Joseph Leonard Hall and Leathia Lettie Craft.

2. Wibbie "Wib" Collier b 4 May 1886 m. Belle Potter b 11 Jan 1890 d 1 May 1957 Letcher Co KY; d/o James Potter and Louise Hall. Belle Potter m. (2) to Hobart Sparks.

3. James Harrison Collier b 23 Sep 1888 Letcher Co KY d Thornton, Letcher Co KY.


Rev Willis K Collier and
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Vanover

Rev Willis K Collier b 23 July 1859 d 8 May 1943; buried Goose Creek, Letcher Co KY; s/o William D Collier and Rebecca Meade. Rev Willis K Collier m. (2) to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Vanover b 9 Aug 1873 d 25 May 1960; buried Goose Creek, Letcher Co KY. Children of Willis K Collier and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Vanover;

1. Delphia Jane Collier b 4 Mar 1891 Coburn VA died young Coburn VA.

2. Nettie Collier b 10 Jun 1892 Letcher Co KY d Seco, Letcher Co KY; m. Dr D V Bentley.

3. Mazie Francis Collier b 2 July 1894; m. Levi Frank Potter; s/o Isaac Potter and Emaline Bentley.

4. Milton Collier b 18 July 1896 Letcher Co KY d Cleveland, OH; m. Female Miles.

5. Florence Collier b 22 July 1898 Letcher Co KY d Goose Creek, Letcher Co KY; m. John H Hall.

6. Ireland Collier b 18 December 1900 Letcher Co KY d Columbus, OH

7. Carrie Collier b 3 Feb 1903 Letcher Co KY d in teens Goose Creek, Letcher Co KY

8. Ira F Collier b 14 July 1905 Letcher Co KY d Florida; m. Della Unknown.

9. Howard M Collier b 23 Sep 1909 Greenup Co KY d 8 May 1971 Coeburn, VA; m. 18 Aug 1934 VA to Ruby Counts. Ruby was a school teacher in Letcher Co KY for Many years.

10. Willie D Collier b 2 April Letcher Co KY; m. Altie Hart.


Article in the Mt. Eagle Newspaper 1926

Thursday, September 23, 1926 A man identified by officials only as a “foreigner” is said to have been intoxicated when he was killed after stepping into the path of a taxicab on Potters Fork. The cab, driven by 17-year-old Howard Collier, “was backing down the highway watching to the rear from his side of the car when the man came staggering up the bank and into the path of the car from the other side,” a frontpage report says. “Young Collier went to Jenkins, where a trial was held before Esquire Trucker and resulted in his complete exoneration. Young Collier is regarded as a very careful driving and no blame could be attached to him. He is a son of Rev. Willis Collier of Neon.”


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