October 26, 2013

Kenneth L. McCollum Sr.

— Kenneth L. McCollum Sr., 68, of Dalton, departed this life Friday evening, Oct. 25, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Kenneth was born July 6, 1945, in Whitwell, Tenn., a son of the late Marvin and Minirva West McCollum.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Eddie and Freddie McCollum; sisters, Florene Hooker and Helen Britt.

Kenneth umpired for 20 years during the 1970s and 1980s at Dalton Parks and Recreation Department. He was a longtime fan and supporter of the Dalton High School football program. He worked for Carpets of Dalton for 18 years.    

He is survived by his sweetie of 48 years, Jeannette Townsend McCollum of the residence; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy McCollum and Carrie Patterson of Dalton, Kenny McCollum Jr. and Celia McCollum of Resaca, Michael and Tracey McCollum of Dalton; beloved pet, Reece; sister and brothers-in-law, Darlene and Glenn Thomas of Hixson, Tenn., James Hooker; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Kenneth L. McCollum Sr. will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with the Rev. Junior Clayton and the Rev. Ben Busie officiating.

He will be laid to rest at United Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel from 5 to 9 p.m. today and after 11 a.m. Monday until the service hour.

Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.