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Eddie "Tree" Deno Collier

June 14, 1937 ~ October 7, 2017 (age 80)

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Eddie  D. Collier was born June 14, 1937 in Durant, Mississippi to Roosevelt  and Louise (Horton) Collier. He was one of the first African American children to own his own goat in Durant. He also went on to own his own pony. That was a big thing in Durant, and it made him one of the richest kids in town!

Eddie, who was called Tree, left home at an early age. Both of his parents were dead by the time he was a young teen, so he made his own way in the world. He made it to Des Moines where he was taken in and raised by Evelyn and Lawrence Davis.

Tree was a self made, self taught man. He worked briefly for John Deere, but decided that a 9-5 job was not for him. He became well known for being at the top of the after hours entertainment scene in Des Moines. He was always impeccably dressed and drove nice cars. And of course the ladies loved Tree!

He encouraged people to do what they wanted to do in life. Be what you want to be. It's all up to you!.

Tree died on October the 7th, 2017 at the age of 80. He joins both sets of parents; his sister, Annie Wade  and  James Davis on the other side. He lived a full life and now takes his rest with the OG's.

Tree is survived by his children, Denise Collier, Sonya Collier, Yolanda Smith Holt, Tamoka Smith, Treva Negrete, Shylynn Beamon, Nitasha Jackson; EdTreena Dennis ;  22 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of extended family and friends.


 Service Information

Gathering of Family and Friends
October 16, 2017

5:00 PM
Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home
3500 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313

Gathering of Family and Friends
October 28, 2017

11:00 AM
6th an College
Des Moines, IA 50313

Please consider making a donation to raise much needed funds to cover the funeral expenses.

No donation is too small and your support would be greatly appreciated.

October 11, 2017 11:22 am

$50 from a private donor

October 13, 2017 12:51 pm

$100 from a private donor

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