Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor a
dedicated woman of God, great wife, steadfast mother, and friend of
longstanding, Mrs. Johnnie Lee Brown Collier. Sadly, Mrs. Collier
passed away on December 27, 2018. Her funeral service was held on
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11 am at the Fourth Street Missionary
Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia.
Mrs. Johnnie Lee Brown Collier was born on October 22, 1926, in
Columbus, Georgia to the union of Cleola Daniel Brown and John Brown,
Sr. She gave her life to Christ and was baptized at an early age at
Rosehill Memorial Baptist Church. From that time on, God continued to
be the center of her life until her passing. She served as the Sunday
School Superintendent and Church Clerk at Rosehill before moving her
membership to the Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in 1957. Her
first pastor at Fourth Street was the late Reverend Henry Harris. Mrs.
Collier paved the way for others as she was the first Church Secretary
at Fourth Street. She was a natural and gifted leader as she served in
a variety of leadership positions at Fourth Street to include the
Deacon's Wives (she served as Chairperson for two terms), PICCM
Community Leader in Zebulon Community, Women's Day Speaker, 1961,
Chairperson of Program and Pastoral Relations Committee, and was the
Roast and Toast Honoree n 1996.
Mrs. Collier was the epitome of a great wife and mother. She married
the late Deacon Samuel Lee Collier on April 26, 1950. God blessed this
union for 34 years until Deacon Collier's untimely death on May 27,
1984. Six children were born to this union to include two sets of
twins: Bernice Collier Collins, Bernard Collier (deceased), Agnes
Collier Averett, Samuel Lee Collier, Jr., Michelle Collier McClain, and
Michael Collier. Fred Rogers once said that, ``It's not so much what
you have in life that matters, It's what we do with what we have.''
Mrs. Collier did a lot for others with what she had. In addition to her
own children, she served as a mother figure to her siblings and
countless others she found in need of guidance and a helping hand.
Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm once said that, ``Service is
the rent that we pay for the space that we occupy here on this earth.''
Mrs. Collier paid her rent and she paid it well. She served in a
variety of community organizations to include: Electric City Chapter
482 of the Order of the Eastern Stars (Worthy Matron), Spencer High
Alumni (Class of 1943), and she was a Muscogee County Board of
Elections Voting Precinct Manager and she traveled to various state
conventions to further her knowledge of the voting process. She was
also an entrepreneur and a photographer. Her professional career took
her to the Medical Center, the Area Mental Health Clinic, and the
Enrichment Services Program Her benevolence extended throughout the
community and she often used her influence and networking to help
others to find gainful employment.
Madam Speaker, my wife Vivian and I, along with the more than 730,000
constituents of the Second Congressional District of Georgia, salute
and honor the life of Mrs. Johnnie Lee Brown Collier. I ask my
colleagues in the House of Representatives to join us in extending our
deepest condolences to Mrs. Collier's family during this time of
bereavement. We pray that they will be consoled and comforted by an
abiding faith and the Holy Spirit in the days, weeks and months ahead.
116th Congress