|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 10, 1999|
Services for Gerald Collier, 78, of Lubbock will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ralls First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Payne officiating and the Rev. Gary Hubbard, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Goat Head Hill Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home.
He died Thursday, June 10, 1999, at Slaton Care Center.
He was born Jan. 21, 1921, in Coke County. He moved to Ralls in February of 1921. He attended Ralls public schools and graduated in 1938. He graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in electrical engineering in May 1942. He went to work for the Navy in Washington, D.C.
He volunteered for active duty in the Navy in December of 1943. He received a commission as an ensign and was assigned duty aboard a minesweeper. He served two tours in the Pacific theater. He was stationed at Okinawa and later in occupied Japan. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946.
He returned to Ralls, where he was engaged in the ranching business. He invented a cattle and sheep feeder which he sold internationally from a plant in Ralls.
While living in Ralls he served as chairman of the Board of the Ralls First United Methodist Church, chairman of the Ralls school board, and mayor.
He moved to Lubbock in 1974. He was engaged in the ranching and oil businesses until his retirement.
Survivors include a son, Bill Collier of Lubbock; two daughters, Connie Lindsay of Littleton, Colo., and Carol Henderson of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Frances Austin of Lubbock; and six grandchildren.
İLubbock Avalanche Journal, June 10, 1999
Goat Head Hill Cemetery
South of Crosbyton on Collier Ranch has 1 burial, Gerald Collier.
Oil field workers were on the ranch and one of the workers took a shotgun and killed the Billy Goat grazing there, cut his head off as a trophy because of the horns and left the body. Gerald Collier called the oil company and told them he wanted the goathead back, the gun back and the man back out on the ranch for a proper burial of the goat. Mr. Collier had the oil field worker who shot the goat to dig the grave while he told him how important a billy goat was to a herd, that he was their protector. When Mr. Collier passed away he was laid to rest at the burial grounds with the goat.
Story related by Allan Adams as told to him by the family.
Goat Head Hill Cemetery
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Dec 14, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17022249
Added: Nov. 6, 2009