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Finis McCollum, of Thornton, passed away at home on Friday, February 12, 2021, at age 79.
Finis was born December 7, 1941 to Finis McCollum and Ruth McCollum in Albertville, Alabama.
Finis was united in marriage with Alice Moss on August 27, 1960 in St. Louis, MO. They lived for awhile in Chicago, where his oldest two children were born. After living and working in Houston, TX., he moved to Thornton twenty-two years ago.
Finis worked as a carpenter, building houses. After moving to Thornton and retiring from carpentry, he became the owner of the Red Barn Liquor Store in Mart. He traveled to Mart daily, Monday through Saturday, for the past twenty years to attend his store. He loved the people in Mart, who called him “Pops.” He closed the store two years ago as his health was declining.
Finis was a jokester, acting like a big kid, with everyone. He always had something to say and laugh about. He loved his grandchildren.
Finis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice McCollum on April 27, 2001; his daughter, Sandra Gaskin on May 16, 1999, and infant son, Terry McCollum at birth on November 14, 1972; and all seven of his siblings.
He is survived by his son, Ted McCollum and his partner Melissa Cosek of Livingston, TX; daughter, Tina and her husband Hunter Leone of South Carolina; son, Finis McCollum, Jr. of Thornton; grandchildren: Allison and husband Quincy McCoy of Waco, Taylor Leone of Groesbeck, Bryan Gaskin of Thornton, Ashley and her husband Jason Wilson of Lovelady, Mac Leone, Shalamar Leone, Mia Leone, and Vincent Leone, all of South Carolina. He also has an abundance of great grandchildren.
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