Warren Arthur McCollum
Warren Arthur “Mac” McCollum passed away at his Bryson City home on October 6th, 2018. He had been ill for several months.
Mac was born to Orrin and Catherine McCollum May 12, 1932, at Stockton, California. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother remarried stepfather Albert McCoy, all of whom preceded Mac in death. He lived in Modesto, Escalon and Lodi, CA as a young man and graduated from Lodi High School in 1950.
In 1952 he met the love of his life, Ercel (Bunny) Root, and they were married September 4th of that year.
Mac enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1952 to 1956, serving in the Philippines, Washington DC, Newfoundland, Greenland, Scotland and England installing equipment on FRT4 radar installations. His Air Force duty entailed occasional climbs to the top of 1,265-foot high radio towers to maintain the equipment. After his military service Mac was hired by Western Electric in 1956 and he and Ercel made their home in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the next 35 years. Mac retired from Western Electric in 1983 and in 1985 he and Ercel bought property in Bryson City where in 1986 they began building their future home. They moved to Bryson City full time in 1991. Mac was fond of saying “I wasn’t from Bryson City but got here as soon as I could”.
Ercel became ill and together they moved to Bridgewater, Virginia, to be near family and her medical care. She passed away in 2012 and Mac returned to his beloved Deep Creek home where he resided until his death. He will be missed by his many friends including George and Carolyn Rorrer, Jack and Alina Mills, Frank and Louise Burrell and many others who loved Mack and helped him in his final months.
Mac is survived by siblings Aleane McCoy Jennings of Isleton, CA, Charlie McCoy (Roxanne)of Wolf Creek, OR, sister-in-law Naoma Clague (Allen) of Bridgewater, VA, and many of his extended family from the East Coast to the West. Mac always went the extra mile to care for family, friends and anyone who needed a bit of help.