OC Collins, 89, went home to the Lord on April 23, 2014. He was born in Houston, Texas, March 4, 1925 to OC Collins, Sr. and Mattie Vera (Dill) Collins. He moved to Midland, Texas with his parents in 1925, when he was six months old. He attended and graduated from Midland schools, working continuously on the family's dairy farm while he was growing up. OC married Frances Palmer, his childhood sweetheart, 70 years ago on May 26, 1944, in Midland. OC joined the army in 1944, where he served in the Philippine Islands and Japan in World War II. He was discharged in 1947 with a Bronze Star, and a combat infantry award. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. Following the war, he attended Abilene Christian College and later transferred to the Texas A&M School of veterinary medicine in College Station. After graduation from A&M, he returned to Midland in 1952 where he practiced veterinary medicine for 60 years. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Permian Basin Veterinary Medical Association. OC served as an Elder of the North "A" and Tennessee Street Church of Christ. In 1958, OC and several other men began working on securing a state charter for a Christian school in Midland. This school was Midland Christian School, which had its first classes at the annex building of North A and Tennessee Street Church of Christ. He was a charter trustee of Midland Christian School, which moved to the school's current location on Culver Street. He served as an Elder at the Golf Course Road Church of Christ for 30 years. OC truly loved serving in the church. After selling his veterinary clinic, he worked with his wife Frances, who owned Bramwell Yarns of Midland. He also had a pilot's license, and enjoyed SCUBA diving, deer hunting, and politics. He enjoyed travel with Frances, which included trips to China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Sweden, England, Holland, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico, and many states in the US. Later he served as a relief veterinarian in several local veterinary clinics and the SPCA until he was 86. OC was known for his love of people. His chosen profession was a source of pleasure and he had a lifelong love for animals. He is survived by his wife, Frances (Palmer) Collins; his children, Allan Collins and his wife Ann of Midland, Karan Marco and her husband Virgil of College Station, Texas, Melody Lewellen and her husband Bill of Midland, and Stephen Collins and his wife Darling of Midland. OC is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Funeral services will be held at Golf Course Rd Church of Christ in Midland at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. Memorials may be made to Midland Christian School, 2001 Culver Dr., Midland, Texas, 79705 or Home Hospice of Midland. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2014