(October 28, 1933 - August 30, 2013)|
DURANT, OKLA. Earl C. Collins, a resident of Durant, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Friday, August 30, 2013, at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 2 days. He was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, on Saturday, October 28, 1933, to Thomas Wayne and Lura Ella (Butler) Collins. Earl married Ruedell Watkins in Crane, Texas, on November 23, 1956, and they were married for 49 years.
Earl served his country and community in the United States Army as a Paratrooper. He was a Captain of the Odessa Fire Department and in 1984 retired from that position after 23 years of service. Earl and his wife, Ruedell, raised cattle on their ranch in Durant, Oklahoma, for 29 years.
Mr. Collins is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Watkins and husband David of Midland, Texas, and Ronda Williams of Littlefield; son, Jerry Collins and wife Donna of Mansfield, Texas; granddaughters, Michelle Jetton and husband Tim; Stacy McFarland and husband Derek; grandsons, Jacob Watkins and wife Kimberly, Justin Watkins and wife Becky and Douglas Williams; great-grandchildren, Kain, Cougar, Avree, Emree, Garrett, Jace, Alli, Gator and Alice Nicole; and friend, Gwen Williams.
Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lura Collins; wife of 49 years, Ruedell Collins; sisters and brothers-in-law, Maxine and Thomas Donnell, Tommie Ree and Bernard Ordener and Vernell Collins; grandchildren, Jordan Aaron Watkins, Jarrod Ethan Watkins and Laura Engle Williams.
The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Odessa Fire/Rescue Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 4398, Odessa, Texas 79760.
A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, September 6, 2013, at the Highland Cemetery in Durant, Oklahoma, with his son-in-law, David Watkins, officiating.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.
Published in Odessa American on Sept. 5, 2013