Elizabeth Collums Garber

  • Born: February 16, 1937
  • Died: October 19, 2014
  • Location: Hampton, Virginia

Hogg Funeral Home

3098 George Washington Hwy
PO Box 990
Gloucester Point, VA 23062

Tel. (804) 642-2136

Tribute & Message From The Family

Hampton: Mary Elizabeth Collums Garber of Hampton, died October 19, 2014 at home. She was 77. Elizabeth was born February 16, 1937 to John Quintus Powell Collums and Thelma Ann Tierce Collums and grew up in Houlka, MS. Elizabeth graduated from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX.
A gifted musician, she came to Virginia in 1962 as Minister of Music at Starling Avenue Baptist Church, Martinsville, VA. There she met her husband Paul Russell Garber who was then pastor of First Baptist Church, Ridgeway, VA.
In 1978 Paul and Elizabeth moved to Gloucester County, VA where for 21 years Elizabeth taught choral music at Gloucester Intermediate School – later Page Middle School. In 2004, they returned to Paul's hometown of Hampton.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Powell Collums; and a sister Maurene Collums Norman.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; daughters, Amy E. Garber of Norfolk and Mary Garber Barker of Flagstaff, AZ; sister, Margaret Collums Sturdivant of Oxford, MS; grandchildren, Devon, Bryan and Daniel; one great grandson; and a host of much beloved nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Hampton Baptist Church.
In Elizabeth's memory the family desires memorial gifts be made to the building fund of Hampton Baptist Church, 40 Kings Way, Hampton, VA 23669.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Missing you today at church. . it was all about God's dear children everywhere. I know you are singing & playing piano for them in heaven. Love, Mary C..

Posted by Mary L. Copeland - Hampton, VA - Hampton Baptist Church friend   October 18, 2015

Dear Mary and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother/wife is now an angel of God and will be watching over all of you. My prayers shall be with you in the upcoming days. Please take care of yourselves and just know that there is so much love surrounding all of you at this time. May God bless.

Posted by Deborah L. Simpson - Huachuca City, AZ - Friend of daughter   October 26, 2014

Paul, Amy and Mary,
We were so sad to hear of the passing of Elizabeth. We have so many happy memories of her life and beautiful personality. Please accept our condolences in this difficult time and are remembering you in our thoughts and prayers- now as always.
With Love,
Dave and Nene

Posted by Charles David and Nene Wood - Atlanta, GA - Nephew   October 25, 2014


Dear Paul & Family, I send my love & sympathy to you. Elizabeth was such a dear & gracious lady. I loved to talk & visit with her. She always enjoyed smelling the roses. She was simply just a beautiful lady & I so enjoyed knowing her and laughing with her. She's at peace now with her Lord. God bless you. Mary Copeland

Posted by Mary L. Copeland - Hampton, VA - Friend from HBC   October 25, 2014