The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 6, 2018 at First United Holiness Church, 324 Engram Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at New Hope Baptist Church, Highway 26 East, Montezuma, Georgia.
Martha Ann Collier was born on October 12, 1949 to the union of the late Walter “Sim” Collier and Elberta Lee-Collier in Montezuma, Georgia, where she also attended local schools. She was preceded in death by seven siblings, John Collier, Lewis Collier, Mildred Sanders, Richard Collier, Charlie Collier, Eileen Palmer, and Ceaser Renez. Following the passing of her mother, and although her father was still alive, Martha was raised by her loving and devoted sister Minister Jessie Canady. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and made her confession of him known by joining the First United Holiness Church, which is under the leadership of Elder Michael Coley, Sr. Martha spent most of her life as a caregiver to many children and was loved by many.
Martha will be most remembered for her big smile, her humorous nature, and her love for children. Among those left to cherish these memories are her two children; who were the loves of her life, and who loved her dearly, Laverne Collier (Laurie) of Hamilton, New Jersey and Trent Collier of Bloomfield, New Jersey; two grandchildren, Sharon “Shanta” Collier of Hamilton, New Jersey and Sean “Quan” Collier of Jersey City, New Jersey; thirteen siblings, Minister Jessie Mae Canady, Montezuma, Georgia, Doris Curry (James), Miami, Florida, Juanita Zackery, Atlanta, Georgia, Linda Merrell (Wilbert), Corine Cochran (Flobell), Freddie Hannor (Sarah), Jerry Riley (Pearlie), Richard Felton, Marvin Riley, Chris Riley (Tarshea) all of Montezuma, Georgia, Shirley Stephens (Augustus), Lisa Green both of Cordele, Georgia, and Terry Riley (Kenyda) of Americus, Georgia; godchildren, Marissa Merrell of Macon, Georgia and Clodelia Mack of Dooly County; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews.
Although she has many relatives and she loved them all, these were often there to physically carry her, and do other things, as she needed them to do: LL Curgil, Branden Gibbons, and Dasjah Holmes. Martha also held a special place in her heart for her nephew, Rev Jeffery “Butchie” Canady as she often talked about her love and gratitude for him.
Her medical situation allowed her to meet and be cared for by so many people who were near and dear to her such as Tomeko Prince (TP) of the Davita Dialysis Center, N’kema Cooper, and so many other medical professionals who took care of her.
As this chapter closes, and her eternal chapter begins, we say “thank you” to the countless amount of people who have been a part of Martha’s life.
A special “Thank you” to the staff/nurses at the Montezuma Health Care Center.