C. William Collins
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Federalsburg-C. William Collins of Federalsburg, known as "Bill" and "Reds," passed away at his home, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. He was 88. He was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Williamsburg, Va., the son of the late George Collins and Bessie Bradley Collins.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received the European Theater Award serving on the USS Ellis destroyer and helped put Harry F. Bauer into commission and then served aboard in the Pacific. He witnessed the flag being raised at Imo Jima. Bill traveled in every state and to be part of the two ships reunions.
Bill was employed by Dupont Co. in Seaford for 41 years and loved farming.
Bill's memberships included the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company for 64 years, Nanticoke Masonic Lodge 172, ASAN for 52 years, Federalsburg VFW Post 5246, Christ United Methodist Church, and attended New Liberty Wesleyan Church. As a faithful fireman he was put into the Eastern Shore, Delmarva, and the Caroline County Fireman Halls of Fame. Bill was truly free hearted to help anyone in life and was a true Christian man.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 68 years, Gladys Morgan Collins, whom he married on March 1, 1946; his daughter, Sharon Collins Lord of Federalsburg; two grandsons, Wayne "Butch" Lord of Bridgeville and Barry Lord of Federalsburg; four great-grandsons, Bradley Lord, Taylor Lord, Mitchell Lord, all of Federalsburg and Steven Lord of Bridgeville; a great-great-grandson, Trevor Lord of Federalsburg; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five siblings, Kemp Collins, Alice Holder, Eva Mae Ruf, Roy Collins and Janet Hamm.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at Framptom Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Mackert and the Rev. Eddie Elms and Hank Elms officiating. Interment with follow at Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg. A visitation at the funeral home will be held Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. and from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. A VFW Memorial service will be held Tuesday evening at 6:30 and a Masonic Memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Federalsburg VFC, PO Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632; New Liberty Wesleyan Church, 28418 Bridgeville, Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632; or Christ United Methodist Church, Mem. Fund, c/o James Hubbert, 315 Maple Ave., Federalsburg, MD 21632.
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Published in The Daily Times on Aug. 17, 2014