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