Published 2:01 pm Thursday, February 22, 2018
Colleen Collette, 94, of Charlotte, died on Feb. 20, 2018.
She was born on Oct. 16, 1923 in Davie County, a daughter of the late Noah and Tossie Ferebee Collette and middle sister to Ruby and Glenna. She graduated from Mocksville High School and moved to Charlotte to attend Kings Business College. She served as a civilian Army Air Corps employee at Morris Field and Warner Robins, Ga. during World War II. She returned to Charlotte for a long career in the automotive industry, beginning with Gathings Motor Co. and ending with Larry Jay Mitsubishi. She continued working part-time well into her 80s and enjoyed office lunches and the Christmas parties even after retiring. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church, attending Fun Mondays, sending cards for her Sunday school class and singing in the senior choir. She had years of service in Credit Professional International, joining when it was known as the Credit Women’s Breakfast Club. She loved her family, friends, coworkers and a good party.
Survivors: her sister, Glenna Lagle; nephews, Ellis Leagans (Judy), Eddie Leagans (Patty), George Leagans (Kay), Hugh Lagle (Lynne Attix); niece, Susan Valenti (Larry); many great-nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at Harry & Bryant, Charlotte. The service to honor her life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Cummings officiating. A graveside service at Eatons Baptist Church in Davie County will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Memorials: First Baptist in Charlotte; or Eatons Baptist, 430 Eatons Church Rd., Mocksville.