George McCollumIn Loving Memory…

George W. McCollum

George William McCollum passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the age of 87.  He was a member of the Lamine Baptist Church.

George was born June 22, 1933, in Seligman, MO, the second of the three sons of Earl and Edith Boyer McCollum.  George grew up on the family farm and graduated from Seligman High School in 1951.  He was an Eagle Scout who attended the National Jamboree in 1950; his son and one grandson followed in his Eagle footsteps.  In 1954 he married Linda Leigh Johnston of Sedalia, MO.  George graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture; later he earned Master of Science degrees in Extension Education and Farm Management.

George briefly worked for the Carnation Milk Company, before joining the University of Missouri Extension Service, where he served for 37 ½ years, retiring in Trenton, MO in 1992.

In retirement, George and Linda moved to her family’s Century Farm in Pettis County, MO, where he continued to pursue his life-long passion for gardening.  He enjoyed sharing the bountiful produce from his large vegetable garden with his neighbors and the community food pantry.  George and Linda also operated the Spring Branch Berry Farm.

George learned how to harvest hickory bark, using it to weave chair seats.  He demonstrated this lost art at folk festivals across Missouri for several years.  George and Linda also taught themselves to play mountain dulcimers and the rare double dulcimer, performing for various organizations and at folk festivals.

George was a deep thinking, open minded, hard-working, story-telling, dry-humored, kind and generous son of the Missouri soil.  Anyone who met George was a better person for it.

George is survived by his wife, Linda, to whom he had been married for 66 years; his children, Sharon Brummitt (Richard), of Waukegan, IL, Donna Albinson (Tom), of Plymouth, MN, Kimberly DeVorss (Stephen) of Hartsburg, MO, and David McCollum (JoAnn) of Hannibal, MO; eight grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.  He also is survived by one brother, James McCollum of Peoria, IL and several nieces and nephews.  George was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Homer McCollum.

Due to Covid-19, a private, graveside service will be held at the Crown Hill Cemetery, in Sedalia.  Pallbearers will be Kevin McCollum, Kevin Johnston, Greg Brummitt, Chris DeVorss, Bradley McCollum and Julian Brummitt.  Honorary pallbearers will be Michelle Foster, Jeff DeVorss, Sarah Nelson, Drew Albinson, and Katie McCollum.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to:

Baskets of Blessing Outreach Food Pantry
C/O Rita Henson
80 Morgan County Dr.
Otterville, MO 65348


12 Responses

  1. Prayers to the family. May you find comfort and peace through God’s great mercy.

  2. You were a man of the land. One with it and a part of it. You taught me to look and to see- to sit still (something I am still learning). When I think of you I feel the Missouri heat and humidity wash over me and the sounds of cicadas and bird. I see the richest colors of growth and sky. I smell the wood of the porch and the rich and alive soil. Sweet and vivid memories I will always treasure.

    You were a great gift to this earth- a great gift to me. The lessons you taught me are like the seeds you sowed, always growing.

    You loved well, fought for and empowered good, you were wise, and when you laughed the whole world was brighter. I have so many treasured memories of you. But the one I will sit with and hold closely today, is sitting on the porch with coffee and watching the birds with you.

    I will miss you and love you always Grandpa.

  3. Dear David so sorry for the loss of your father. The good memories keep us grounded. You and your family will be in my prayers for comfort.

  4. Condolences to Linda, Dave, JoAnn, Bradley, Katie and George’s entire family. I was honored to meet George a few times over the past 30 years and it only took a brief time and 30 years of being close friends with his son, Dave and his family to know how special he was to anyone he met. George’s legacy lives on through his son, Dave. May God grant you peace during this difficult time.

  5. Linda, so sorry, you and George were such an asset to the community. George was always so helpful to everyone. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Love and Prayers.
    Helen Seifert

  6. Dear Family: We are sincerely sorry for the loss of your father, he sure fit the description of a fine wonderful man of God. My his peace be also yours. Love to all. Robert and Denise Siebeneck

  7. Dear Sharon and Richard, Mrs. McCollum and all George’s family,
    The THS Class of 1973 would like to express and send their deepest sympathy and condolences to each one of you at this time of deep loss.

  8. Mrs. McCollum, Sharon and Richard, and all the family,
    Sending our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts to you in your loss and as you prepare to continue on in your earthly walk without your husbsnd, father, and grandfather, George.
    “Grief is not a sign of weakness nor loss of faith but rather……
    It is the price of love.” So very, very sorry for your loss.
    Sincerely, Tom and Karen (Hickman) Lynch

  9. Just to let you know my house is thinking about your house at this sad time.I spent a lot of late nights delivering to George and Linda always to be greeted with a warm smile and step on in here out of the cold.George always had a good story to tell or a dulcimer to show me or an old rifle.One night I showed up and heard the CARTER family playing ,I told George how I loved that ole music and wouldnt you know the next time I delivered he had made a copy of every CARTER family song ever recorded.My job put me in contact with some wonderful folks and GEORGE and LINDA are at the top of list.CLIFTON CITY FISH FRY wont be the same.LOVE YOU LINDA JOHN AND MARSHA URTON

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. We know he is resting in Peace, with all his family. I always enjoyed visiting with him at the Community meetings.

  11. Kindness, humility, and intellect are such a remarkable and rare combination. I only met George a few times when the home belonged to my Uncle Hap and Aunt Lowell (Linda’s parents). I remember his gentleness and my father describing him as a “very fine man.” I pray for love and beautiful memories for Linda and the family.

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