White County, Tennessee, USA
Bill and Missie Colley purchased 120 acres of forest land on West Ravenscroft Road, in the BonDeCroft community of White County, in 1986. The land was part of the former Lloyd Black tract. In 1993 they began construction, performing most of the work themselves, and in 1995 they moved into their partially completed carriage house.
Bill is William Clarence Colley, Jr., born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1933. His father was William Clarence Colley, Nashville architect, who died in 1971. His mother, Katherine Elizabeth Foster, died in 1984. Bill graduated from West End High School in 1951, and received his Bachelor of Engineering, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1955.
Missie is Mary Helen DeVoe, born in Donelson, Tennessee, in 1935. Her father was John Mixsell DeVoe, chief engineer of United States Tobacco Company, who died in 1982. Her mother, Mary Helen Norton, died in 1983. Missie graduated from Donelson High School in 1954, and was attending Vanderbilt University when she met Bill.
Bill and Missie were married in October, 1955, and spent the first two years of their marriage in the U.S. Army. Bill, a lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where their first son, William Clarence Colley III, was born.
In 1957, they left the Army and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where Bill was employed by General Electric Company, Aircraft Engine Division, as an aerothermodynamicist. Their second son, John DeVoe Colley, was born there in 1959. When their sons were old enough, Missie resumed her education, receiving a Bachelor of Education, summa cum laude, from Miami University in 1970, and a Master of Education degree in 1976. She was employed first as a non-graded primary teacher by the Princeton School District, then as a seventh grade science teacher by the Lakota Local School District in Butler County, Ohio.
Their older son, Will, received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1978 and his Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He married Susan Jane Morris of New York, NY, in 1980. They live in Oberlin, Ohio, with their daughter, Diane Elizabeth Colley. Will is an electrical engineer with Marconi Communications, and Susan is Professor of Mathematics at Oberlin College.
J.D., the younger son of Bill and Missie, married Barbara Louise Huling in 1982. They live in Nashville, Tennessee, with son John DeVoe Colley, Jr., and daughter Jessica Elaine Colley. J.D. received an Associate of Applied Science degree from Nashville State Technical Institute in 1995. He is a cutter grinder and foreman with Peterson Tool Company.
Bill retired from G.E. in 1993, and Missie retired in 1995, when they moved to White County. They have built their own house: Missie specializes in wiring, drywall, and painting, Bill does carpentry, plumbing, and bricklaying, but they cooperate on most jobs.
Missie has become active in community service work, becoming a volunteer Shelter Manager for the White County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and teaching First Aid and CPR classes.
Bill does volunteer work at the White County Public Library, and is secretary of the White County Genealogical-Historical Society and editor of its newsletter, The Pastfinder. He has written a biography of his great-grandfather, Seth Colley, Confederate veteran. To aid his genealogical research, Bill is compiling a catalog of Colleys in Virginia and the Carolinas before 1800.
Bill and Missie love to receive email.
They submit periodic activity reports to friends