|Atlas Baars||11.04.1900||Nora Vanover (Baars)||06.01.1905|
|Geboorte||12.06.1926||Kentucky, United States of America|
|Begrafenis||Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky, United States of America||Vanover Cemetery|
|Helen (12.6.1925 – 11.1.1999) was a musician in Pike County, Kentucky. She married Theodore Thelmer Colley. They are buried in the Vanover Cemetery in Jenkins, Kentucky. Helen and Theodore had two children Camille and Theodore, II. |
Helen Baars Colley
Age, 73, of Robinson Creek, died Monday, January 11, 1999, at her residence. She was born on June 12, 1926, the daughter of the late Atlas Baars and Nora Vanover Baars. She was a retired school teacher. She is survived by one son, Teddy Colley of Pikeville; one daughter, Camille Colley of Daytona, Beach, Florida; one sister, Frances Hall of Woodhaven, Michigan; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, January 14, at 11 a.m., at the AIdersgate United Methodist Church, on Robinson Creek, with Kaminski Robinson and Dennis 'Love officiating. Burial was made in the Vanover Cemetery at East Jenkins, under the direction of R.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home.
COLLEY, Helen Baars , Age, 73, of Robinson Creek, d. January 11, 1999 b. June 12, 1926, ,d/o Atlas Baars and Nora Vanover Baars. She is survived by one son, Teddy Colley of Pikeville; one daughter, Camille Colley of Daytona, Beach, Florida; one sister, Frances Hall of Woodhaven, Michigan; and four grandchildren. Burial was made in the Vanover Cemetery at East Jenkins.
Helen Baars Colley
From a very early age, it was apparent to those who knew Helen Baars Colley that she was extremely bright, exceptionally passionate and extraordinarily gifted. At a time when many young women were fortunate to obtain even an eighth grade education, Colley demonstrated both her love of learning and the depth of her determination by graduating from Wheelwright High School at the age of 14.
In 1947, she married the love of her life, T. T. Colley, and had two children, Teddy and Cam, who both attended Pikeville College. After graduating from Transylvania University in 1953 with a degree in education. Colley earned her degree from Transylvania University and studied music at Pikeville College.
She began her career in education at Elkhorn City High School. She then taught briefly at Pikeville High School before returning to Wheelwright High School, where she had the great honor of serving as band director at her alma mater. In 1968, Colley accepted the position of band and choral teacher at Virgie High School, where she remained until her retirement in 1989.
It was her role as band director at Virgie for which Colley is most widely remembered. The numerous achievements of her marching bands, concert bands, majorettes, drill teams and field commanders over the course of three decades resulted in the Virgie High School band being lauded throughout the country and established Colley’s legendary status in the music field. Under her leadership, Virgie’s band won top honors in countless festivals and competitions. In addition, Colley’s bands were honored to perform on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, the state capital during Gov. Paul Patton’s inauguration and at the dedication of Fishtrap Dam, where her band played “Hail to the Chief” for U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. During her tenure as band director, Virgie’s band was also invited to perform at the Festival of Lights in Florida, Amsterdam Music Festival in Holland, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
After her retirement in 1989, Colley focused her time and attention on the other love of her life - her grandchildren, Rachel Campbell Dotson, Colley and Elizabeth Stevens and Mitchell Colley.
Helen was a noted musician in Pike County, Kentucky. But, before that she was quite a determined and distinguished student. She graduated from Wheelwright High School at the age of just 14! She later taught in high schools at Elkhorn City and Pikeville before returning to her alma mater – Wheelwright High School. It was here that she had the great honor of serving as band director. In 1968, Helen accepted the position of band and choral teacher at Virgie High School, where she remained until her retirement in 1989. It was her role as band director at Virgie for which she is most widely remembered.
Helen died at home on 11.1.1999 and is buried in the Vanover Cemetery at East Jenkins, Kentucky. Her husband T. T. would follow her in death on 15.4.2015.
In 2013, in recognition of her scholastic accomplishments and her professional achievements, Helen Baars Colley was inducted posthumously into the University of Pikeville’s “Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame.”