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Doris Johnson McCollum

Doris Johnson McCollum, 92, of Reidsville passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on May 12, 2020. A private graveside service will be held for her family at Reidlawn Cemetery in Reidsville, with her pastor, Mr. Wayne Robertson officiating. There will be a celebration of life at a later date. Doris Beryl Reynolds was born in Southport, NC to William Van and Minnie Roberts Reynolds. During 1932, she lost both parents and was adopted by Robert and Hester Via Johnson. She was asked if she liked her name and quickly responded, “I don’t like Beryl”. She happily accepted her new name, Doris Jane Johnson. Doris was a member of Greenwood Presbyterian Church. She retired from American Tobacco after 38 years of service. Doris loved her family, friends, and her church. She was an avid reader and always said you can see the world through reading. She loved watching the Atlanta Braves and enjoyed many, many Duke basketball games with her daughter and son-on-law. Doris was especially excited the times that she and her daughter attended the ACC tournament and watched Duke. She enjoyed the many trips that she took with her daughter and friends. In addition to her parents, Doris is preceded in death by her husband, James E. “Josh” McCollum; her sisters, Myrtle Trunnell, Maybelle Clemmons, and Elise Lawing; brothers, Irving Reynolds, Junior Wood and Elmo Wood and great granddaughter, Colby Bottoms. Mrs. McCollum is survived by her daughter, Debra Colby and husband, Dirk, who she loved dearly; grandchildren, Betsy and Rob Bottoms and Kari and Paul Hewitt; great grandchildren, Dylan Bottoms and Kate Hewitt; brother, Ron Hood and sister-in-law, Irene M. Evans and extended family. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to caregivers Betty Ratliff, Morshonda Boozer, Miss N Titus, Jewel Baker and to the staff of Amedysis for caring and loving our sweet Doris. In remembrance of Doris, we ask that you enjoy a cold glass of tea (or your favorite beverage) on your front porch swing on a nice summer evening. This is what she would want as she loved nothing better. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenwood Presbyterian Church, 618 Narrow Gauge Road, Reidsville, NC. Wilkerson Funeral Home is serving the family and condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilkersonfuneral.com.

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Debra, Dirk, and family: We are so sorry to hear of your the passing of Doris. Doris was an amazing lady and I know your heart aches with her loss, she will me missed so much by her family and friends. I know your wonderful memories will add support in the days ahead. Like others have commented will enjoy a glass of cold iced tea on the porch in her honor. We are keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers. Wayne and Susan Ellzey

susan ellzey May 19 2020 12:23 PM

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing Debra. Doris was a wonderful woman and a joy to work with, she will me missed. I will definetly enjoy a glass of cold iced tea on the porch in her honor. Again, Debra I am so sorry for your loss. Sherri Parks

sherri parks May 15 2020 10:09 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Doris Johnson McCollum

Dawn Hutchins May 15 2020 1:54 AM

So sorry to hear of Doris' passing. Unfortunately, it has been years since I saw her and chatted with her, but I well remember those years in the Lawsonville community when she and Josh were often at our house, mostly to spend time with my brother, Billy Soyars (now deceased) since he and Josh were best buddies. Time has flown by and friends have passed, but our memories remain of a truly beautiful, kind and sweet Doris. My deepest sympathy, but hold close to your heart those memories of your Mom. Betty Jo (Soyars) Zimmerman

Betty Jo Zimmerman May 14 2020 7:39 PM

Doris, though fate separated us at the time of my birth, I always knew of your existence. When I finally met you briefly at about age 10, I realized that I had missed something special. Time and tide allowed us only a few more brief meetings during your lifetime but I always knew that you were safe and well loved. I shall depart with the words of a wise poet: "of all the words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these:" IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN!" May you rest in the eternal peace you so richly deserve. Ronnie.

Ronald Hood May 14 2020 3:02 PM

Debra, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your mother. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Carolyn

Carolyn Anderson May 14 2020 1:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Doris Johnson McCollum

Joy French Satterfield May 14 2020 10:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Doris Johnson McCollum

Alice Setliff May 14 2020 9:12 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Doris Johnson McCollum

Sylvia and Billy Evans May 13 2020 10:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Doris Johnson McCollum

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