Bernie E. Collier, 74, of Cleveland
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Bernie E. Collier, 74, of Cleveland died on Tuesday October 30, 2012, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday November 2, 2012, at Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the North Cleveland Cemetery. Reverend Clarence Edwards will officiate the services.

He was born on January 23, 1938, to Burnice "Shorty" and Minnie (Ray) Collier in Chester. Mr. Collier was a Choctaw County native, moved to Cleveland at an early age and attended Cleveland Schools.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served from 1956-1959. Upon returning from the Navy he graduated from Delta State University with a B.S. in accounting.

He married Marjorie McWilliams on May 1, 1964, in Linn. Mr. Collier was a former Department of Agriculture auditor. He had also worked with John Morgan Company CPA firm, W.P. Neal Accounting Firm and Calvin Hamilton Accounting Firm before opening Collier Accounting Services.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Boyle, Cleveland Moose Lodge, National Society of Public Accountants, Mississippi Association of Public Accountants and the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

Mr. Collier was a loving family oriented man always doing his best to provide for his family. He loved to laugh and have a good time with those around him. He was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Josephine Jennings and Eva Mae Jones.

He is survived by wife of 48 years, Marjorie McWilliams Collier of Cleveland; daughters, Kim C. (Steve) Johnston of Cleveland and Tammy C. (Kevin) Mims of Caledonia; two sons, Alan (Vicki) Collier of Biloxi and Andy Collier of Cleveland; brother, Lee Collier of Cleveland; two sisters, Erma Jean Tedford of El Dorado, Ark., and Mary Alice Barrentine of Yazoo City; six grandchildren, Lindsey Rizzo of Cleveland, Ragan Mims and Trent Mims, both of Caledonia, Alanna Collier of Biloxi and Adam and Lance Johnston, both of Greenville; a great-grandchild, Mia Johnston of Greenville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Jimmy McCool, James Coslet, Jerry Ainsworth, Gail Roark, Alan Collier, Steve Johnston and Kevin Mims. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Tedford, Joe Pieroni, Alex Pieroni, Raymond Pieroni, Vincent Pieroni and Philip Pieroni.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Boyle or to the charity of choice.

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