ECHOLS – Wanda J. Collier Johnson Saling, 73, of Echols, went to her heavenly home on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Ohio County Healthcare, with her family by her side. She was born March 30, 1947, in Muhlenberg County to the late Jessie James and Betty Ward Collier. Mrs. Saling was retired from Ohio County Board of Education. She thought of all her students over the years as her children. She also worked with Bluegrass Music In Our Schools, where many children learned they possessed a talent they never knew they had. Mrs. Saling was also the owner of The Christian Book Store and Gift Shoppe and Mid-Town Hair Fashions, and taught Sunday School at Echols General Baptist Church.
Aside from her parents, she was preceded in death by, her first husband, John Johnson; brothers, Robert Collier, Arthur Collier and Paul Howton; several sisters; brother-in-law, Henry Lindsey; and four sisters-in-law, Sarah Collier, Clemmie Nofsinger, Kay Saling and Effie Lindsey.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband, Terry Saling, of Echols; stepchildren, Rebecca (Jimmy) Anderson and Jonathan (Christina) Saling; grandchildren, Charlie Saling, Audrey Saling, Loriann Anderson and Ed Hines; one great-grandson, Steven Hines; brother, James “Buddy” Collier; brothers-in-law, Dick Johnson and Jerry Saling; sister, Margy Southworth; sisters-in-law, Betty Collier and Debbie (David) Sampson; nephew, Aaron Collier; niece, Stacy Forgy; and a host of other nephews, nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, at Echols General Baptist Church, Echols Church Lane, Echols, with Rev. Amos Alsman, Brother Bruce Lindsey, Brother Pat Baxter and Brother Jeff Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Echols Cemetery in Echols. Friends may visit with the family Monday, March 29, from 4-8 p.m. at William L. Danks Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at Echols General Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family of Wanda J. Collier Johnson Saling by visiting her memorial tribute at www.danksfuneralhome.com.