Joe F. McCollum, 83, of Lubbock, TX died Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
Services will be at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, July 18, 2020, in the Chapel of Central Church of Christ, 1401 S. Madison St. in Amarillo. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.
Joe was born on April 2, 1937, in Amarillo, to Joe and Daisy McCollum. He was raised on a dairy farm at Northwestern St. and Hastings. He attended Summit Junior High, Amarillo High, and was a member of the first graduation class of Palo Duro High School. He played basketball in high school and loved baseball. His love of sports carried on through much of his adult life as he was an avid bowler and softball player, mostly on church leagues.
Joe graduated from the former West Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked his way through school entirely on his own. His career started with working four years with Shamrock Oil and Gas. He then obtained his civil service credentials and began work with the IRS that spanned a career of 37 years. His work with the IRS placed him in Fort Worth, Odessa, Tyler, Little Rock, Arkansas, Jackson, Mississippi, Lubbock, and finally back to Amarillo where he retired in 2006.
Joe served as a deacon with Churches of Christ in Tyler, Texas, Cabot, Arkansas, Clinton, Mississippi, Lubbock, and Amarillo. His last three years he enjoyed worshiping with the Monterey congregation in Lubbock where he had previously been a member. He worshiped with the Central congregation in Amarillo for over 20 years prior to returning to Lubbock.
Joe married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Carthel, on July 31, 1959. Together they raised three daughters, Darla Renae, Cari Ruth, and Amy JoAnn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Todd Walter McCollum, and grandson, Cody Mangum.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Lubbock; daughters, Darla Stewart and husband Rob, of Lubbock, Cari Kautz and husband Hank, of Aubrey, TX, Amy JoAnn Evans and fiance’ Kevin Calvin, of Las Vegas, NV; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family will receive friends immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in memory of Joe be made to the Sonshiners at Central Church of Christ in Amarillo or to the general fund at Monterey Church of Christ in Lubbock.