Patricia Ann McCollum, daughter of the late Calvin and Vera Thomas, was born on December 30, 1945, in Bennettsville, South Carolina. On July 15, 2021, Patricia entered eternal rest in her home in Newport News, VA at the age of 75.
Patricia graduated from Upchurch High School. She went on to further her education and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Fayetteville State University. After 23 years of service, she retired from working civil service in the military travel pay department at Fort Eustis, VA. Patricia married David L. McCollum on August 8, 1970, and had two children, Lin (son) and Pamela (daughter). After retiring, Patricia enjoyed walking long distances, bowling, gardening, and playing with her beloved yorkie Bella.
In 1990, Patricia joined Colossian Baptist Church and served on the Usher board for several years before becoming a Deaconess. She became a Deaconess on December 18, 2005, until death. She was also a member of the Eastern Stars for several years alongside her husband David, who was a member of the Masonic Lodge Fraternal Organization. Patricia was a dedicated and loyal member of the Sunday School Ministry. She loved studying the bible with the classes and enjoyed the interaction of members with all her heart.
Preceding Patricia in death were her parents Calvin and Vera Thomas, her husband, David L. McCollum, three brothers, David Thomas (Lucille), Curtis Thomas (Anne), and Leroy Thomas (Helen). Patricia is survived by her two children, Lin McCollum (Connie) and Pamela McCollum; three grandchildren, Lin T McCollum (Iltani), Bomani McCollum (Kristin), and Shani McCollum; two great grandchildren, Yuki McCollum and Reiko McCollum; four sisters, Dorethea Stokes (Johnny), Della Mae Robinson (James), Genetta Robinson (Vie Edward) and Mary Pooler; five brothers, Ernest Thomas, Bill Thomas (Dot), Paul Thomas, Charles Thomas (Tracy) and Andrew Thomas; one sister-in-law Irma N. Russ; and a host of others nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 25, 2021 in the Buie Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM.
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