RED BAY – Kenneth Lee Collum, 75, passed into the presence of his Savior on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Valley View Health and Rehab Center in Madison Alabama after a battle with cancer.
He was born December 8, 1940, in Itawamba County to Andrew and Dora Blevins Collum. He accepted Christ as his savior during a revival service at a young age. He was a 1959 graduate of Tremont High School. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1963 and entered basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He received an honorable hardship discharge with the rank of Private. He continued to serve his country for the next six years, until 1969, in the U.S. Army Reserves. Following his service he studied electrical work at Joe WheelerState Trade School (now Northwest-Shoals Community College)in Muscle Shoals. Kenneth worked for Western Auto in Red Bay and Mueller Brass in Fulton, Miss., before joining the crew at Sunshine Mills in Red Bay, where he was employed for 27 years. He retired from Sunshine Mills in 2004. Following his retirement, he lived most of the remainder of his life on his homestead in the Banner community in Itawamba County.
He was noted for his marksmanship while in the Army, and enjoyed working with and shooting firearms and collecting knives throughout his life. He also enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. A service celebrating and remembering his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the funeral home with Bro. Eddie Harlow officiating. Burial followed in the Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by four children: Kristal Riddle (Scott) of Florence, Ala.; Kevin Collum (Melinda) of Huntsville, Ala.; Jason Collum (Ashley) of Tupelo, Miss.; and Jana Boyd (Sonny) of Belgreen, Ala.; seven grandchildren: Chelsea, Makala and Aaron Collum, all of Huntsville; Joshua and Lauren Collum of Tupelo; and Lindley and Eli Boyd of Belgreen; his former wife, Jimmie Lou Collum, of Halltown; two brothers, Mike Collum (Debby) and Robert Collum (Cathy) of Banner; and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Terry Collum.
His children, granddaughter Chelsea and sons-in-law served as pallbearers.