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Date published: 1/21/2012

Charlie Collier

Charles Frederick "Charlie" Collier, 60, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at his home.

Charlie was the lead vocalist and played piano for Charlie Collier and the Midnight Cowboys band since 1972. His vocal style was often compared to that of Hank Williams Sr. and George Jones. Charlie had the honor of being the opening act for Lori Morgan, Gene Watson, John Conley, Billy Crash Craddock and various other artists. On several occasions, Charlie performed at political events for Virginia governors.

Charlie played at numerous benefits at local rescue squads, fire departments, Fredericksburg Eagles Lodge, Fredericksburg Moose Lodge and Mr. B's. He also played for private benefits to help assist with local families and organizations in need.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Frances "Dena" Collier; son Charles Edward Collier and wife Dawn; twin daughters Amy Collier and fiance Nick Matthews and Megan Dodson and husband Kevin; granddaughter Gwenyth Page Collier; grandson Charles Maxwell Collier; sisters Anne Carter, Betty Collier, Mary Napier and Linda Morrow; brothers Otis Collier, Nelson Collier, Churchill Collier, David Collier, Larry Collier, Marvin Collier, Ronald Collier and Donald Collier; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Collier; and three brothers, Orville "Sonny" Collier, Glenroy Collier and Michael Collier.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Jimmy Sadler officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Muddy Carter, Donald Hockaday, George Hockaday, Bobby Edenton, Buck Morris, Frank Williams, Dennis Stanley and David Blount.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, Md. 20855.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com