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 Alburn Joseph “Ab” Collier

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Alburn Joseph “Ab” Collier

  • Birth 24 Nov 1887 Garrison, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
  • Death 31 May 1960 Loraine, Mitchell County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Hermleigh, Scurry County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 17145218

Only son of George Hillary Collier and Arizona Elizabeth Evans. Nicknamed "Ab." by his sisters, he was well respected and had moral values to be admired. Although he had a generous nature, much anguish instilled his life. Perhaps the most devastating for him was his Mother leaving the family. It is believed that he never dealt with the feelings of abandonment and pain this caused him. He never spoke of, or allowed anyone else to speak of his mother. This subject was strictly taboo. After she left, he never saw her again.

Alburn could read and write, but his education training is unknown. He married Tennie Elizabeth Barnes, in the Lively Community of Kemp, Texas on October 25, 1910.

Alburn held many jobs during the early years of their marriage. From March of 1915, until 1917, he worked for the RS&P railroad, in the shop. In 1917, the family then moved to Bisbee, Arizona, where he was a coal miner. In the early part of 1919, they returned to Kemp, Texas. Alburn then worked for the state highway department building highways. He started farming in 1920. He would rotate between farming and working for the highway department between 1920 and 1925. In 1925, the family moved to Loraine, Texas. They farmed around Loraine, Roscoe, and Hermleigh until in 1933, when he purchased his first farm. What we called Doodle Bug was purchased in 1937. His choice of livestock were cattle. Each one having a name, and knowing their name. He also raised hogs, while Tennie raised chickens.

Alburn was 5' 8" tall, hazel eyes, black hair, and weighted between 125 and 130 pounds. He could fix anything with those wiry arms of his. Hammer up a box, or a fence for the hog, or kill the rattle snake hiding in the fig bush. He did not swear, drink or smoke. About the only bad habit he had was leaving this teeth in his desk draw. His political party was that of a Democrat. He like to sing and jig around the house.

When he died, he died the way he wanted to. On May 30, 1960, he and Tennie were in the kitchen cutting fat meat to render into lard. They had spent the day teasing each other and acting foolish. Tennie left the kitchen and when she did, he called to her. She thought that he was still picking at her so she went ahead doing what she was doing. Alburn called for her several more times, and finally when she came into the kitchen, he was lying on the floor trying to reach for the Alka Seltzer. He had always in the past cured his indigestion with that, except this time it was not indigestion. She walked down the road to get help. When she returned, Alburn had crawled from the kitchen to the bathroom. She changed his clothes, put him in the car and took him to the Johnson Hospital in Loraine. He had had a heart attack. The next morning, the doctor came into his room, and told him he was going to be fine. The doctor turned and walked to the door, Alburn pointed to his head and died. He was seventy-two years old.

He was a great brother, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.



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  • Created by: Bobbie Badger
  • Added: 24 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17145218
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alburn Joseph “Ab” Collier (24 Nov 1887–31 May 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17145218, citing Pyron Cemetery, Hermleigh, Scurry County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Bobbie Badger (contributor 46881144) .