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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Robert Collier

Robert "R.L." Collier

Friday, September 20th, 1929 - Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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Robert Edward Lee Collier III "R.L." was born in Moody, Texas on September 20, 1929 to Quema Jenkins Collier and Robert Edward Lee Collier, II "(Lee)" and passed away on July 25, 2019, less than 2 months before his 90th birthday. As an infant R.L. hummed as he crawled and by the age of 5 years could be heard singing on the radio with his younger sister, Doris Fay. He was a gifted song-writer, singer, and guitarist whose music had been copywritten by 1947. He met his future wife, Maureen Bellamy, at an Oklahoma City radio station when he was singing and playing guitar and she her violin. They married in 1948 and moved to Dallas where they attended Dallas Theological Seminary. They traveled as a part of J.C. Hibbard's evangelical team until R.L. enlisted in the US Air Force. Having completed Chaplain School at Fort Slocum New York in 1952, R.L. received his Certificate of License to the Gospel Ministry in 1962 after taking seminary extension through Southern Baptist Seminaries in Jackson Mississippi. He served as the Air Force Base Chapel Administrator and informal music minister for 21 years in Yokota AFB Japan; Davis-Monthan AFB Tucson; Goosebay AFB Labrodor; Castle AFB Merced CA, Anderson AFB Guam, and Little Rock AFB. R.L. worked an additional 21 years as a eligibility specialist at the VA Hospital Oklahoma City after retirement from the USAF. R.L. and Maureen were members of both First Baptist Church Moore and Emmaus Baptist Church OKC. R.L. taught Greek and Hebrew until the age of 87. R.L. wrote both a commentary on the Gospel of John entitled Logos and a biography of his wife Maureen's grandmother entitled, Arkansas, My True Love... Story of an Arkansas Lady. R.L. was a humble servant of God. His joy for life and love for the Lord and his fellow man often overshadowed his unusual intelligence and incredible talent.

R.L. loved and was loved very dearly his wife, Maureen, his daughters, Cheryl and Dawn, his grandsons, sons-in-law and his great-grandchildren. He is survived and will be greatly missed by Maureen, daughters, Cheryl and Robert Giddens and Dawn and Michael Borelli, grandsons, Adam and Molly Giddens and Zach and Ashley Giddens, great-grandchildren, Liam, Brooks and Cora Giddens, brother Danny and wife Gail Collier, many nieces, nephews, and step-granddaughters, Tiffan and Ross Urken, Crystal Borelli and Brittany Borelli R.L. is preceded in death by his parents Quema and Lee Collier, sister Doris Fay Collier Simpson, brother Charles Dean Collier, and best friends Gene Mikesell and Harvey Holland.

R.L. loved and was loved by a myriad of angelic ladies and gentlemen who helped care for him over the past year and half. Thank you Danessa, Sharla, Anna, Ruth, Jane, Misty, Laura, April, Tequetta, Deanna, Diepiriye, Vicki, Lily, Nadine, Leslie, Shirley, Alex, Marquis, Kasha, Tamara, Christina, David, and others including many friends and family.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vondel Smith Mortuary at South Lakes
    4000 SW 119th Street
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    Family will be present 4pm - 8pm
  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 10:00am
    Emmaus Baptist Church
    16001 S. Western Avenue
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    Dr. Owen Nease
    Pastor Bryan W. Gilbert
  • Interment

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 11:30am
    Sunny Lane Cemetery
    3900 S.E. 29th
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Clay Collier

Posted at 03:13pm
I am so sorry that Yahovah has taken him home at this time, he will be missed by all! Yahweh bless all of you with the comfort only he can give. Clayton, Elizabeth and all the Collier Family here in Arkansas.

Pam Fendrych

Posted at 08:41am
Bob was such a wonderful, wise man. I worked with him for a number of years at the VA. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Jeff Arnold

Posted at 05:09pm
I was privileged to work with Bob at the VA Medical Center, he was a great mentor to me in eligibility when I came to VA in 1988. I can say after 30 years at VA he was the kindest and most patient person I ever met and will never forget him. Jeff Arnold

Bob and Jana Christian

Posted at 01:15pm
Celebrating your Dad's homecoming!! We trust that cherished memories will carry you through the days and weeks to come. Your family is in our prayers.
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