Lionel "Gunny" Collins
MUD FORK, W.Va. — Lionel "Gunny" Collins, 78, of Mud Fork, passed away Sun., Aug. 3, 2014, following a long illness.
Born Jan. 8, 1936, in Verdunville, he was a son of the late Ora and Russia Vance Collins. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth, Joyce and JoAnn; one brother, Ted, and a sister-in-law, Betty (wife of Gary Gene) Collins.
Lionel proudly served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1953 until retiring as a GYSGT in 1972. He served three tours in the Vietnam War. After he retired he was a Charter member and past Commandant of the Marine Corps League, Danny M. Greene Detachment No. 577, Commander of American Legion Post 19 and a lifetime member in the Devil Dogs of Marine Corps, VVA, AM Vets, DAV and VFW.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 41 years, Karen Griffith Collins, who he married June 30, 1973 in Lovelock, Nev.; six children, Barry Collins, Tammy (Noah) Marcum, David (Sherri) Collins, Kim Collins, Steve (Missy) Collins, and Joy (John David) Queen; 14 grandchildren, Chris, Meredith, Corey, Max, April, Shasta, Noah, Karen Sue, David, Billie Jo, Logan, Mollie, Maranda and Brady; 15 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gary Gene Collins, Roger (Lee) Collins, Larry Collins and Danny (Karen) Collins; one sister-in-law, Edith Collins; one special sister-in-law, Kathy Griffith; one special cousin who was also a lifelong best friend and four-wheeler riding buddy, Roger Browning; one special fur baby, Peanut, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved dearly.
Special thanks to Dr. Harman and staff, Preferred Choice Home Health, and especially Barney, Michelle, Lori, and Dignity Hospice for being with us in our time of need.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., August 9, at Freeman Funeral Home with Donnie Wells officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby with Military Graveside Rites.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association.
Freeman Funeral Home of Chapmanville is in charge of arrangements.