William E. "Bill" Collette


Mr. William E. “Bill” Collette, age 90, Limestone, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Durham-Hensley Nursing Home.
Mr. Collette was born in Washington County.
He was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. He received three bronze medals. He provided service to his community through the Limestone Ruritan Club, where he was a founding member, and the Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Collette was a member of Limestone United Methodist Church. He loved to help and work in his community. He loved to fish and pick blackberries. He drove a gas tanker, sold eggs and was self-employed for 35 years running a bulldozer “Dozer Bill”.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Nancy Collette, Limestone; daughter, Teresa Gibson (Allen), Limestone; three grandchildren, Jessica Gouge (Joshua), Joshua Gibson, Jennifer Tate (Wes); six great-grandchildren, one step-daughter, Rhonda Watts (Buck); two stepsons, John McGee (Donna) and Jerry McGee (Rita); five step-grandchildren, Heather Thomas, Jodi Douglas, Lindsay Greenway, Brandi Willis and Jeremy McGee; and ten step-great-grandchildren.
He was a wonderful stepdad, “dad, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure…You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure…”
The family would like to extend a special thank you Durham-Hensley Nursing Home, Amedisys Hospice of Greeneville and Mountain Home Veteran Administration for their care.
Graveside services will be conducted 1:00 pm Friday, March 8, 2019 at Mountain Home National Cemetery with Rev. Dan Theiben officiating.
Pallbearers will be Men of Limestone United Methodist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be CW2Robert Douglas, II, Bill Graybeal, Tommy Humble and Archie Jones.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Limestone United Methodist Church for Mary’s Meals 191 Opie Arnold Rd. Limestone, TN 37681.

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03-11-2019 Lonnie Humphreys
Bill was a GREAT friend to me and my Dad Roy Humphreys. Back 54 years ago Bill let my dad drive one of his pickups for several months which dad's only vechile was broken. Never ever forget his kindness. Wish this world had more people like Bill.
03-08-2019 James&Tina&TJ McCracken
We are so sorry of Bill passing . Are prayers are with you and the family .
03-07-2019 Ted and Diane Silvers
Bill will certainly be missed. Our condolences to the family. I’ve known him since I was a tiny girl and spent many days with Teresa as a child. Bill was always the same smiling, fun loving man. I never saw him mad in my life. Ted will miss seeing Bill at the mailbox when he was able.


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