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Arts patron Lynn Colley, 57, dies

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

SIKESTON - Lynn Allan Colley, 57, died May 4, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Born Oct. 31, 1945, in Sanford, Maine, son of Leonard Colley of Sikeston and the late Phyllis Treadwell Colley, he graduated in 1963 from Sikeston High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. During his high school career, he was an usher for a Sikeston Little Theatre production in 1962 and was elected secretary of the Sikeston Little Theatre Board in 1967. In 1968, he was elected president for the theatre, and continued to serve in that capacity for the next 35 years. Colley also directed and performed in numerous productions.

He was a member of the Sikeston Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, Elks Lodge, National Association of Life Underwriters, the Missouri Association of Life Underwriters and Fraternal Field Manager's Association (with the designation of Fraternal Insurance Counselor). An insurance broker and agent, he was a National Life Underwriters Training Counsel Fellow and was a former agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance, Principal Mutual Group, Modern Woodmen of America and was a financial securities broker. He owned and operated the Sikeston Coin and Stamp Co., C&C Stationery Supply Co. and formerly co-owned the Statewide Pest Control Co. in Sikeston.

Colley served on the Missouri Arts Council Advisory Board, Sikeston Activity Center and the Chaney-Harris Memorial Committee. He helped organize the Sikeston Arts and Education Council (now SMARTS) and Southeast Missouri Arts Council and was chairman of the Scott County Republican Committee from 1968-1974. Past involvements include the Sikeston Library Board, Sikeston Arts Council, Accent on Youth Concerts Committee, Up With People, the Sikeston Bicentennial Committee, the first Cultural Advisory Board, Ansel Adams and the St. Louis Symphony Committee.

In addition to these accomplishments, he received the American Legion History Award, Union Electric-St. Louis Symphony Music and Theatre Award, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Politics 1975-1976, Who's Who in the Midwest 1982-1983, Metropolitan Insurance Honors Club and the Dr. Tom L. Chidester Memorial Award presented by the Sikeston Little Theatre. Colley was among eight to be chosen for the Honors Wall for the opening of the Imogene Albritton Mayer Cultural Center in 2002, where a community room is named the Colley Room in his honor.

On Dec. 14, 1974, he married Saundra Compton who survives of the home.

Other survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Brooke and Jason Harrell of Sikeston; one brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Rosetta Colley of Sikeston; two uncles, Stanley Colley of Memphis, Tenn., and Philip Treadwell of York, Maine; five grandchildren, Jeremy Nix, Benjamin Nix, Lauren Nix, Christopher Harrell and Colin Harrell of Sikeston; three nieces, Celeste Colley and Kate Colley of Sikeston and Kate Fisher of Durango, Colo.; and one nephew, Matthew Fisher of Dallas, Texas.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Albritton-Mayer Cultural Center. Earl Norman, elder for the Scott City Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, will officiate.

Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.


Memorial contributions may be sent to:

the Sikeston Little Theatre P.O. Box 126 Sikeston, MO 63801

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