Mr. Collins died at 7:00 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 6, 1920, at Roosevelt, Missouri, to Hobart Garrett Collins and Alice Amanda White Collins. On May 25, 1946, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Lillian Freeman. Mr. Collins was a veteran, having served with the United States Army. He was a farmer and had been a school bus driver for twenty-five years for Willow Springs School District. Mr. Collins was a member of Big Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Collins, of the family home; four children, Shirley Bunch, husband, Junior, Twin Bridges, Missouri, Lennie Collins, wife, Sharon, Mountain View, Missouri, Michael Collins, wife, Tammy, Twin Bridges, Missouri, and Robin Collins, wife, Brenda, Willow Springs, Missouri; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Fern Collins, Eldon, Missouri, Mary Collins, Mountain Grove, Missouri, and Helen Wyas, Chandler, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one infant granddaughter, Savannah Elizabeth, great-grandson, Jayce Groves, two sisters, Eva Gilbert and Francis Anne, two brothers, Wilford and J.R. Collins; one infant brother, four infant sisters, and two brothers-in-law, Earl Gilbert and Ray Wyas, precede him in death.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Inman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Inman Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.