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Gerald Collins Obituary
Gerald "Jerry"
Collins, age 73, left the loving arms of his extensive family on Friday, Feb. 24, after fighting "the Big C" to a draw for more than seven years. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Blanche Collins, and brothers Milburn, Robert, Harold, and Raymond. He is survived by brother Earl Collins, and our mom, Barbara Green, mother of his three children and a large part of Dad's heart and life for close to 60 years. He is survived by his children Amber Maddux, Amy Riddle and Lance Collins. He is survived by 11 grandchildren - PJ Proske, Joshua Dams, Joey Proske, Tara Walters, Jason Dams, Katy Collins, Johnny Maddux, Nikki Wells, Roger Wells, Dylan Collins and Wyatt Collins. Dad also had 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion in later years, Velma Isbell.
Jerry was born in Houston on July 21, 1938, and lived in Houston all of his life. He was a sheet metal mechanic his entire career and no one could cut duct the way he could. Jerry had a work ethic like no one else and taught his children to take care of your work first. Jerry was a man's man and carried himself with class and dignity. He accepted you on your terms, the way you were, and expected the same in return. Jerry touched everyone who knew him, with a kindness and sincerity that made it clear that he cared. He was the cornerstone in the lives of Barbara and his children, and will forever be missed.
A viewing will be held Monday from 5 to 8 PM at Earthman Funeral Home, 13102 North Freeway. The funeral service will be at 2:30, Tuesday at Earthman. All those who knew Jerry and were touched by him are invited to attend.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 27, 2012
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