Billy Derrell Collom, 72, of Batesville passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2006 at White RiverMedicalCenter in Batesville.
He was born on January 6, 1934 in Rosie, Arkansas and was the son of Olen Gower and Melba (Kirby) Collom. He attended the RosieBaptistChurch and was a member of the FirstChurch of the Nazarene. He was a mechanic for 50 years and was the owner of Derrell’s Safety Shop for 35 years; worked at Chevrolet, Studebaker and Ford dealerships as a mechanic. He was a former member of the Southside Volunteer Fire Department where he helped to maintain the fire trucks. He was the Vice President of the Batesville Jaycees. He loved to tell jokes and fish. He played the guitar and harmonica and loved to play music, sing and dance. Derrell wanted to get things done now and his family was very important to him.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mildred (Lawrence) Collom whom he married on May 29, 1951; a son, Mike Collom and his wife, Cindy of Batesville; one grandchild, Mandy Killingsworth; one great-grandchild: Grant Collom; one sister, Roberta Collom Tilley and her husband, Bob of Marthasville, Missouri; two half-sisters, Pam Wright and Debbie Wood both of Rosie. Several nieces and nephews and many friends also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Graham Killingsworth; and two brothers, Lynn Collom and Johnnie Collom.
Graveside services will be held at on Tuesday at the OaklawnCemetery with Norman Clayton officiating.
Pallbearers will be James Hightower, Bruce Sullivan, Robert Simmons, Arnold Candler, Allen Ramey, Lynn Dale Trewyn. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Bob Walton, Dr. Richard Van Grouw, Dr. Margaret Kuykendall and all PCU Nurses.
The family will receive friends from to on Monday at the funeral home.
Interment will be at OaklawnCemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville. (870) 793-4161