Collier Franklin Black, resident of Jacksonville, died peacefully at home the morning of Jan. 4, 2018, following an extended illness. Collier was born in Albany, Georgia, to the late Eugene Cuthbert Black and Frances Loosier Black on Sept. 20, 1952.
Collier is survived by his beautiful bride of 42 years, Peggie Phelan Black; brother Eugene Cuthbert Black Jr.; three adult children, Margaret Black Henderson (Shawn), Charlotte Black Mineo (Peter) and Collier Phelan Black (Paige); eight rambunctious grandbabies, Victoria Estelle Mineo, Peter Collier Mineo, Ashley Diane Mineo, Margaret Monroe Henderson, John William Mineo, Clara Ann Henderson, Elizabeth Frances Henderson and Collier Calvert Black; parents-in-law Bill and Penny Phelan; and multitudes of nieces, nephews, cousins and siblings-in-law too many to count, but all (mostly) beloved.
As a young man, Collier excelled at sports and attended Valdosta State University on a baseball scholarship. Collier was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization as a pitcher and was known for his 95-mph fastball. Collier married the love of his life, Peggie, Aug. 23, 1975, in Ocala, Florida. Together, Collier and Peggie moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to launch a successful publishing business, which included Auto Exchange Magazine and Marcol Publishing. In 1991, Collier and Peggie moved to Ponte Vedra Beach with their three children. Collier enjoyed listening to Motown music, reading about history and cheering the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Most of all, he loved his wife, his three children and his grandbabies. He will be greatly missed.
Services were held at Christ Episcopal Church of Ponte Vedra Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville, Inc. Please visit the online tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home.