William Claude Collier, a prominent resident of the Tillman's Corner community in Mobile, Alabama, passed away at his home on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the age of 88. Best remembered in the community as the founder and former president of the Tillman's Corner Community Improvement Association, he launched a campaign of civic activism to establish a community center in Tillman's Corner using tax money collected from the community by the City of Mobile. He was also active in campaigns for the incorporation of Tillman's Corner as a municipality and for the restoration of the original Theodore Schoolhouse in nearby Theodore, Alabama. He also ran twice in Republican primaries for the District 3 seat of the Mobile County Commission. Claude (as he was commonly called) came to the Tillman's Corner community as a youth after his family moved to the Mobile area from Marion County, Alabama during World War II. He remained to build a home there upon his marriage to Sarah Herrington in 1955. They would be married 67 years and have three daughters. He started out working at Brookley Air Force Base as a Researcher. Upon its closure, he went on to work at Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) and International Paper Company as an Industrial Carpenter, 1st Class. Later in his career, he would establish several businesses, including C&H Construction and Bay Area Concrete. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Roy Collier and Katie (McCarley) Collier, and sisters Christine Cheatham, Evelyn Spencer, Dorothy "Penny" Guy, and Linda Collier. He is survived by his adoring wife, Sarah (Herrington) Collier, daughters Vickie Newell (James), Cheryl Abram, and Tracie Collier, sister Marjorie Allen, 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 9am until the graveside service at 10:00am in Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery.