Ethel McCollum was born in Fayetteville, NC on August 11, 1920. She confessed her belief in Christ at an early age,
Ethel was later married to the late Johnny McCollum, Jr. and to this union one daughter was born, Barbara J. McCollum-Woods.
Mrs. McCollum received her Airline training in Washington, D.C. to become an Airline Steward. She graduated from E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC and also attended Fayetteville State College.
She was very active in church and was a life time member. She was a class leader, has been Vice President of the Steward Board, #1 member of NAACP, supervisor of the Junior Usher Board in 1993, Mother of the Year in 2003, Trailbrager Award 2019, Silent Soldier Award 2020, and Female Layman of the year in 1998, 2004, and 2005.
Mrs. McCollum was in Poinsettia Committee for 20 years. She truly loved her church and her family. Her hobbies were cooking, gardening, making the best sweet potato pies, and blueberry cobbler.
She loved to walk and has taken the hill at Ottawa Park three times. Only Greg Meredith can tell you about the ride on his Harley motorcycle. She is noted for her famous greens, mustard, turnips, and collard all mixed together.
Mrs. McCollum had one sister and two brothers that preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her loving memory her daughter, Barbara J. McCollum-Woods; Goddaughters, Maxine Gillespie and Nevaeh Harris; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friends, Frannie Harris, Pearl Harris, Margaret, Jackie Maklin, Theo Simmons, Challice Cooperwood, Rose Day, and Mrs. Maurie Simmons.