Anderson :A.C. Corrie Collier • September 16, 2022

Anderson “A.C.” Corrie Collier of Pensacola, Florida passed away on September 16, 2022. A.C. could always be found riding a motorcycle, hiking, working, camping, going on adventures with his brother, and spending time with his daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed!

A.C. spent his life serving and protecting others. He started his security career at NYCO. He also served with the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary for 13 years. He then spent more than 35 years as a licensed private investigator. He took great pride in his privately owned investigative company, Information Specialists Inc. A.C. also worked in the security business for many years with Securitas and more recently with G4S as a security officer at Sacred Heart Hospital. He took his work to heart and always went above and beyond to ensure the safety of those he was responsible for protecting.

A.C.’s survivors include his daughters Alison (Adam) Leja and Katie (Colton) Plumley; grandsons Noah, Elliott, and Elias; granddaughter Ella; and brother Neal (Sandy) Collier. Anderson was preceded in death by his father and mother, Luther and Margaret Collier.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens from 5:00-7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 at Century United Methodist Church at 10:00 am. The graveside service will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 12:00 pm. Pallbearers will be Adam Leja, Colton Plumley, Jacob McCafferty, Jon Winters, Craig McCormick, and Stephen Simandira.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Century United Methodist Church 530 Church Street Century, FL 32535-2913.

  1. Jennifer Valio Hunt says:

    Alison & Family,

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are thinking of you all and sending love.

    Jennifer, Ryan, Dylan and Todd

  2. Tom Lemaire says:

    AC was a true friend. Worked with him at Sacred Heart and you could always count on him. We enjoyed some time off together. Cannot believe he is gone. He had so much more life to live. He will be missed!!😪😪😪

  3. Devon Sellers Calametti says:

    Alison & family,

    I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss. Your family is in my heart and prayers today and in the days to come.

  4. Elizabeth Marzillo says:

    So sorry for your loss!! Prayers for your family at this time.

  5. The Leja family says:

    It was our pleasure to have spent family time and memories with AC. It was always fun when Alison’s Florida family and Chicago family got together. May his memory be eternal.

    The Leja Family

  6. Erin Stegall says:

    Allison and family: Thinking of you during this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing. Sending love and light.

    Erin Stegall

  7. Pastor Bee Myers says:

    God our Heavenly Father please be with AC’s family today and this week. Lord, comfort them under the shadow of your wings. Go before and behind them, surrounding them with step they take as they gather the strength. God, thank you for AC’s life. Thank you for what he meant to so many people, help us to keep his memory alive. Amen.

    Pastor Bee Myers, McDavid UMC

  8. Ken Chandler says:

    “Once upon a time, a very long time ago, I was Field Operations Supervisor for NYCO Security Services working the midnight shift. I had been assigned to train a new Security Officer at Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH). He arrived early and was all spit and polish, in full uniform, including a new 38 S&W encased in a highly polished, hand tooled leather belt and holster. I advised him he needed to put the gun into his car. He said, “not going to happen, anywhere I go this gun goes too”. I advised him of the SHH policy that the Sisters would not allow anyone to carry a weapon at the hospital, that included me as well as Mr Charles Nye. that the Sisters had even tried, without success, to get the PPD leave their guns in their cars as well.

    He advised me that he was a trained Police Officer and had worked a few years as such. I then advised him if he did not remove and store his weapon he would be sent home. He walked around and about for a few minutes, and a few minutes more and finally secured his gun in his vehicle, then came to me and said, “OK for tonight only, Then I will transfer to another site so I can carry my Gun”. I then preceded to show him how to make his rounds at the hospital, including the use of the Hospitals K-9. He completed his shift in an excellent manner.

    His name was Anderson (AC) Collier.” (I think this was in late 1977 or early ’78.)

    After that night he continued working for NYCO and succeeding companies for more than 30 years where he excelled in almost every aspect of Security and Investigative Services and Special Assignments, such as the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, High Profile Bodyguard and VIP escort services, just to name only a few.

    He did all of this with Pride and Perfection. He loved his job and immediately gained the respect with all he came in contact with. He will Be greatly missed by everyone, especially myself.

    Ken Chandler, NYCO Security Director (Retired)

  9. Pamela Merkis says:

    I’ve known AC for over 30 years, working with him on many investigations. We became good friends over the years, sitting in separate cars on surveillance, having long discussions to make the hours go faster. Over the years, we were a sounding board for each other when we were wronged and celebrated with when things went right. I knew AC was THAT person who would help with any occasion and was a phone call away. Anyone who knew him probably feels the same way. My deepest condolences to his sweet family. My world just became smaller and the light is dimmer, with the loss of my friend! With much sadness, we will go on. You will be missed.

  10. Frank Spann says:

    Neal, sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. You and the entire family will be in my prayers.

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