Obituary: Bennie (Richards) Collum


Funeral services for Bennie (Richards) Collum, 85, of Garden City, Alabama will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at Hanceville Funeral Home chapel. Reverend Trueman Davis will be officiating with burial at Garden City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday prior to the service at Hanceville Funeral Home.

Mrs. Collum was born Nov. 3, 1934 to the late Ernest L. Richards and Florence (Garren) Richards in Nectar, Blount County, Alabama.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gordon Collum; sisters Vollie Mae Richards Waldrop and Imogene Richards Mayo; and brothers K.C. Richards, Lesley Richards, J.V. Richards and Cecil Richards.

Mr. and Mrs. Collum were married Jan. 14, 1953. They were married 57 years prior to Mr. Collum’s death.

Survivors are sister-in-law and brother-in-law Kathleen (Collum) and Jim Phillips of Blount County and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jimmy and Barbara Collum of Oneonta, Alabama; 16 nieces and nephews; a host of great-nieces and nephews; and very special friends Cathy and Harold Smith.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Richards, Fred Richards, Sammy Waldrop, Harold Smith, Gene Price and Greg Barksdale.

Mrs. Collum worked for the Cullman County Schools system for19 years, 14 years as the Hanceville High School Store Manager.

The family would like to thank the special caregivers who stayed in her home and cared for her during her illness.