Stephen McCollum


Stephen A. "Steve" McCollum, 64, of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in a local hospital. 

"Steve" was the son of the late Jacqueline E. Ledford McCollum and Hubert Whitworth McCollum.  His cousin, Al McCollum, who passed away in the line of duty with Bradley County Rescue, and a host of other family members, also preceded him in death. 

Steve was a graduate of Cleveland High School.  He received his bachelor of arts degree in music from Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, and for his recital exam, he played drums for Chet Atkins Band.  He received his master's degree in music from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  He had 42 years in law enforcement before retiring in 2018. 

He served for six years as the chief of police for Charleston, and 36 years working as a sheriff's deputy for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, retiring with the rank of sergeant. Steve loved firearms and was a firearm instructor.  He also taught music. 

He served as an instructor for the Police Academy, teaching self-defense including Bando instruction, a form of martial arts.  He also served as a volunteer in the Tennessee Defense Force.  He loved to cook and wanted to be a chef.  He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, N.R.A., and the Cleveland Gun Club.  He also was a member of the Police Benevolent Association and was a Mason. 

Steve loved spending time with his family, and attended the Westmore Church of God.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ivette McCollum of Cleveland; his daughters: Noemi Guyton and her husband, Brandon, also of Cleveland, and Raquel Brown and her husband, Christopher, of Calhoun; his grandchildren: Kierstyn and Kristian Soto, Chandler, Taylor, and Isabella and Kadence Guyton; his great-grandchildren: Liam and Ella Mae Soto; his cousin, Ann McCollum Marr; and his other cousins in Cleveland, Ga.
The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted Friday, July 19, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Westmore Church of God, with Pastor Kelvin Page and the Rev. Gary Sears officiating. 

Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard serving as casket bearers. 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church. 

The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel, has charge of the arrangements. 

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