January 31, 1947 ~ January 6, 2020

Born in: Nashville, TN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Kathleen “Kathy” Delores Collier McCord was born January 31, 1947, in Nashville, TN to William A. Collier, Sr. and Grace Mae Young Collier, who preceded her in death, along with her beloved husband of 48 years, Jerry McCord, III. After graduating from Pearl High School in 1965, she received a B.A. in English from Fisk University and a M.A. in Education from Indiana University. She was a beloved educator for 34 years as English Department Chair and Honors English Coordinator (Washington Township). After retirement she volunteered at Eastern Star Elementary School and James Whitcomb Riley School 43. She was a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, the Washington Township Education Association, Fisk University Alumni, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Senior Saints, The Quettes, The Literary Club, and Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society.

She is survived by two devoted sons, Tony of Indianapolis and Jerry IV (Bridget) and granddaughter, Lauren McCord, of Atlanta, GA; sister-in-law, Cheryl McCord Acklin; two nieces, Skyler (and son Kylen) and Camryn Acklin of Nashville, TN; and adoring siblings, (Rev. Dr.) Karen Collier, Debbie (Renard) Hirsch; William (Flo) Collier of Nashville, TN, and (Rev. Dr.) Cody (Sharon) Collier of Kansas City, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews and dear family friends, including Jennifer Williams and Nancy Bridgeforth.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. with “Ivy Beyond the Wall” Services at 12:30 p.m., with the funeral to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Lavenia & Summers, 5811 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46218. In lieu of flowers, please make charitable contributions in Kathy’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, the Leukemia Foundation, or Fisk University.

Services

Visitation: January 18, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218


Funeral Service: January 18, 2020 2:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218


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  1. Brother J. D. McCord and the McCord Family
    From the Rho Psi brotherhood of Atlanta.
    We stand with you and your family during your time of deep grief. We are here for you and your family and ready to do anything you may need. JOY (F.I.E.T.T.S.)

  2. Condolences to the entire family offered on behalf of The Mystic 28 – Mighty Rho Psi – 1992. Much Love Much Respect!!

  3. The TSUAA, Greater Indianapolis Chapter sends our condolences and prayers of peace. Although Mrs. McCord was a Fisk University graduate, she served our chapter diligently as though she was a TSU graduate. She opened her home and her heart to our family and those of us who knew her accepted her as an honorary TSU alumnus.
    Blessings and Love
    Youlanda Kay Belew
    TSUAA Greater Indianapolis Chapter, President

  4. Bro. DJ McCord and Family, our prayers and condolences to you on the loss of your mother. May God’s peace, comfort, and strength be with you during this time of bereavement. Much love and respect!
    Peace & Love,
    The Shute Family

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the Collier and McCord families. Both families have been a part of my church family, Clark Memorial UMC in Nashville, TN.

  6. Our prayers and sympathies go out to the McCord and Collier families.
    We pray that the memories of a life well lived, an extended loving family and heartfelt unwavering friendships will ease the pain during this time of sadness.
    May the Lord comfort us all and bring us peace.
    Love,
    Gary and Bessie Henderson

  7. Kathy’s friendship has been a blessing and a treasure that I will remember forever. Although she never shared the extent of her health problems with me, our phone visits were always lighthearted and filled with bits of wisdom and much laughter. We both taught 8th grade language arts in Washington Township. Imagine two retirees discussing their favorite lessons and ones that deserved a do over. Kathy was a phenomenal woman!

  8. PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY AS YOU GO THRU YOUR HOURS OF BEREAVEMENT. OH DEATH, WHERE IS THE GRAVE. OH GRAVE, WHERE IS THE VICTORY. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU. THIS OLE EARTH HAS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CANNOT HEAL. ALVINO DOUGLASS-PRESIDENT RHO PSI ALUMNI CHAPTER OF TSUNAA

  9. Sending sincere condolences to each of you. Her memory will be forever.
    May your faith carry you through this time of sorrow.
    Much love.
    Rosalind Jones

  10. With heartfelt sympathy to the McCord family. Kathy was such a warm, gentle, kind person and I will cherish those memories. She always reminded me of a southern lady, full of grace with a charming smile. Praying for the family.

  11. Remembering a lovely woman, friend and respected colleague at Northview Middle School….I am so sad to learn of her passing. Condolences to her beloved family.

  12. To the McCord and Collier Families

    Your dearly departed was an inspiration to many.
    Know that many thoughts are with you and will lend a hand if you ask.

    Take hold of the memories you had made with Kathy and keep them close..

    With Deepest Sympathy During This Difficult Time.

    Friends Forever,

    Chuck and Jean Sears

  13. To all of Kathy’s Family…it was an honor to work with Kathy at Northview. She enriched our student learning, and our teachers in the English as well as Science and all departments.

  14. To all in Kathy’s family…It was an HONOR to teach and work with Kathy. She was an inspiration to all of her students and Teachers at Northview and in the entire District.

  15. To Cheryl McCord Acklin sorry to find out so late of your loss. Here’s hoping that you will always have fond memories of her and your brother.

    From your neighbor that live across from the pool and a round the corner from you.

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