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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Black Sheep Sunday - Louis Collier

Black Sheep Sunday is a daily blogging prompt on Geneablogger.com to help them post content on their sites. To participate in Black Sheep Sunday simply create a post with the main focus being an ancestor with a “shaded past.” In this post, I'm not saying Louie Collier was a black sheep but his murder was "shady".

Louis Collier was born 1/27/1926 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC to Arthur Ray Collier (DOB 7/19/1902 in Knox County, TN; DOD 9/28/1989 in Spartanburg County, SC) and Nellie Kimbrell (DOB 7/19/1902 in TN; DOD 11/12/1981 in Spartanburg County, SC). He had a brother named Clarence Collier (DOB 3/6/1923 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 6/5/2005 in Inman, Spartanburg County, SC) who married Theresa Lancaster.

1930 U.S. Census of Chesnee Highway, Cherokee Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/15/2015, Roll: 2211; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 0027; Image: 938.0; FHL microfilm: 2341945, Family 394, Lines 64-67, "Ray Collier"
Ray Collier, Head, Rents home for $6, M(ale), W(hite), 28 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married 20 yrs (DOM 1910), Can read and write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Mechanic in public garage
Nellie Collier, Wife, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married 20 yrs, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spooler in cotton mill
Clarence Collier, Son, M, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Born in SC, Father born in TN, Mother born in SC
Louie Collier, Son, M, W, 3 yrs 1/12 mos old (DOB 1927), Born in SC, Father born in TN, Mother born in SC

1940 U.S. Census of Milan St., Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/16/2015, Roll: T627_3839; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 42-66, Family 117, Lines 34-36, "Ray Collin" (sic, Ray Collier)
Ray Collin, Head, Rents home for $8, M(ale), W(hite), 37 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in TN, Lived in the same place in 1935, Weaver in textile mill, Income $832
Nellie Collin, Wife, F, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in TN, Lived in the same place in 1935, Weaver in textile mill, Income $630
Louise Collin (sic), Son, M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1827), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935


Louie Collier was a WWII veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He married Thelma Rogers (DOB 4/12/1928 in ? ; DOD 8/6/1996 in Spartanburg County, SC). They had one son, Lawrence "Larry" Ray Collier (DOB 6/11/1948 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 8/17/1986 in Spartanburg County, SC) who married Jacqueline Diane Holcombe and Eva White.

Louie Collier was murdered 5/13/1968. Here are the newspaper reports of his death.

The Spartanburg Herald, 5/14/1968, Pg 1, "Body Pulled From River, Two Charged"
Body Pulled From River, Two Charged
The body of a 41 year old Spartanburg man was pulled out of the Tyger River about 10 am Monday, and two men have been charged in connection with his death.
The body of Louie Collier of 940 Ansel Street, was found snagged on a limb in the muddy waters of the Tyger River several hundred yards from Hill Bridge in south Spartanburg County.
County police and rescue members from throughout the county searched the area after Carroll Dean Skates (sic), 33, of 92 S. Liberty St., told them where Collier was, Sheriff Charles T. Snipes said.
The Sheriff said that someone contacted Spartanburg City Policeman Ronnie Lee shortly after midnight and told him that a relative of Skates wanted to talk to Lee. The policeman went to Arkwright where he picked up Skates and took him to City Jail, the Sheriff said.
Police said Skates told them that he, Collier and Rayford Ernest Taylor, 32, of Millwood Drive, last Wednesday went fishing on the Tyger River.
While at the river, police quoted Skates as saying he and Collier got into a fight and both grabbed for a rock.
Coroner George Adams said a preliminary autopsy indicated that Collier's death was due to an injury to the forehead.
Police said Skates told them that he and Turner had left Collier at the river and drove back to Spartanburg in the victim's car.
The car, according to Sheriff Snipes, was towed in earlier after being found as an abandoned vehicle in the Duncan Park area.
After Skates was taken to City Jail, he was transferred to County Jail.
Police said Skates accompanied police to the river early Monday morning to show them the general location in which Collier was last seen.
Sheriff Snipes signed a warrant charging Skates with murder, and Turner with being an accessory after the fact.
County police records show Skates and Collier were both charged on May 1 with receiving stolen goods, store breaking and grand larceny.
Skates was released from County Jail under bond on May 7.
Turner was charged on Friday with auto theft and was being held in County Jail at the time Collier's body was found.
Coroner Adams said no date for an inquest has been set.

Spartanburg Herald Journal, 11/27/1969, Pg 1, "Morrow, 6 Others Ask New Trials", by Glenn Naves, Staff Wirter
Morrow, 6 Others Ask New Trials
Daniel Morrow, wounded, recovered and imprisoned survivor of a shootout with police outside Spartanburg County Jail last April 25, contends he was the victim of an "unfair trial" on an indictment charge of possessing two pistols, and wants a circuit court re-hearing his case.
Morrow, 27, and a resident of Duncan Route 1, and six other Spartanburg and Cherokee State Prison inmates petitioned for new trials in a heavy run of habeas corpus proceedings just complete here by Resident Seventh Circuit Court Judge Wade S. Weatherford, Jr. of Gaffney.
The judge said Wednesday that he would review opposing resentments and hand down approving or rejecting orders later.
Morrow, brought here from State Prison, injected a multiplicity of grounds, as did the other six petitioners, but he specifically challenged the trial testimony of Rural Policemen Albert Alverson and Gra Allen (sic) who told convicting jurors that late the night of March 3 they found two pistols in Morrow's car while it was parked outside a motel in the Greer area. Morrow claimed the pistols did not belong to him.
The defendant received an 11 month sentence from Hampton Circuit Court Judge William L. Rhodes, Jr. and several moments later - police said - whipped out a pistol and engaged Rurals Ralph Lamb, Joe Walker and Andrew Hughes and other policemen in a running gunfire duel outside the jail. Morrow was felled by a police slug in his right thigh, received treatment at General Hospital and was transferred to State Prison.
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Carroll Scates (sic), sentenced by Judge Weatherstone at the June, 1968 term to 15 years for manslaughter in the death of Louie Collier on Tyger River. Scates, indicted for murder pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, admitting that he struck Collier with a rock while they were on a fishing trip. County Detectives Captain Clarence Painter testified that he and other county police five days later found Collier's body lodged against a limb about 200 yards downstream from the scene of the alleged blow.
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Judge Weatherford did not indicate when he would rule on the seven petitions. If any new trials are granted they will be added to the 1970 General Sessions Court dockets in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.


U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Louie Collier
Birth Date: 27 Jan 1926
Death Date: 12 May 1968
SSN: 25020****
Branch 1: NAVY
Enlistment Date 1: 11 Jun 1943
Release Date 1: 23 Jun 1945

Social Security Death Index
Name: Louie Collier
SSN: 250-20-****
BORN: 27 Mar 1927
Died: May 1968
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1952)

FindAGrave.com
Louie Collier
Birth: Jan. 27, 1926, USA
Death: May 13, 1968, South Carolina, USA
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Louie Collier
South Carolina
S 2 US NAVY
World War II
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MARRIED JAN-22-1946
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Family links: Spouse: Thelma Rogers Collier (1928 - 1996)
Children: Lawrence Ray Collier (1948 - 1986)
Inscription: A LOVED ONE GONE FROM HOME, BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Burial: Mountain View Baptist Church and Cemetery, 5555 Parris Bridge Road, Boiling Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: anne
Record added: May 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52185531

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