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COLLINS, William F. At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2006, William Frank Collins passed from this world. At his side were his only children, his daughters, Carter Collins Schriener and Curtis C. Dush. Mr. Collins had suffered patiently and long from Parkinson's disease and coronary problems. He spent his final time in the kindly and attentive care of the Elizabeth House, a facility of the Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. Mr. Collins was born, on April 13, 1925, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent his youth in Springfield, Ohio where he graduated from Springfield High School in 1943. As a student there, he earned varsity letters in football and baseball and was the president of his graduating class. Immediately upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Mr. Collins was a flight officer, serving as a navigator and briefing officer. He flew missions in the India-Burma and Central Burma theatres and flew "the Hump." He also ferried C-46's into England. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre medal, the World War II Victory medal, and the American Theatre Ribbon. He was a proud member of the Hump Pilots Association. The Army conferred upon him an Honorable Discharge in October of 1945. After his service, Mr. Collins attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor's degree in arts from Vanderbilt in 1949, and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity there. While at Vanderbilt, he met and married Nancy Randolph Booker, Carter and Curtis's mother. After twenty-one years, that marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Collins spent most of his adult life in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked in sales as a Manufacturer's representative for brick, tile, and other building materials. He founded and successfully ran W. F. Collins, Inc. for many years there. Mr. Collins was a member of the University Club in Springfield and in Hendersonville, North Carolina and of the Rotary Club. Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents, Holmes Turpen Collins and Anice Eustacia (nee Redmond) Collins, and his brother and sister-in-law, Holmes Turpen Collins, Jr. and Joy Collins. Besides his loving daughters, Mr. Collins is survived by their children and grandchildren. Carter and her husband, Kevin Louis Schriener (of St. Louis, Missouri), have raised Carter's children, Katherine Marquess Swift, who, with her husband, Jay David Swift, and their son, William Henry Swift, lives in Chicago, Illinois; and John Rogers Marquess, III, of Los Angeles, California. Curtis lives in Madisonville, Tennessee. Her children are Margaret Anne Dush, who, with Andy Lunsford and her daughter Jade Elizabeth Dush, lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Bryan Alan Dush and his twin daughters, Cheyenne Brook Green and Savannah Rain Green, of Sweetwater and Madisonville, Tennessee, respectively. Mr. Collins is also survived by his second wife, Lois Ann Collins, and her children and grandchildren, who are: Evan McDowell, Jr. of Delmar, California and his children, Julie, Jeff, and Jenna McDowell, of Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Scott McDowell and his wife, Dee (recently relocated to Hendersonville), and Scott's children Kelly (and his daughter Leah), Molly (and her daughter Madeleine) and Tobin McDowell, of Dallas and Austin, Texas; and Kathleen Magarity and her children, Casey and Courtney Smith and Makenna and Shannon Magarity, of Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Collins will be fondly remembered at a service on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. He will be buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio, with his parents. A reception will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731 or the First Congregational Church 1735 Fifth Avenue West, Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739 or National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Avenue Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136 or American Heart Association 9900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, N ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33716. THOS. SHEPHERD & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS and Cremation Memorial Center, Hendersonville, North Carolina is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Springfield News-Sun on Mar. 29, 2006
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