Oral Collins
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Oral Edmond Collins, Ph.D.

1928-2013 Dr. Oral Edmond Collins, 84, of 152 Old Stockbridge Road died on Monday, January 14, 2013, anticipating the Lord's soon return.

Born on May 9, 1928 at the family farm in Sodus (Alton) N.Y., he was the youngest of four children born to Johnston Homer Collins and Thelma Davis Collins.

Oral graduated from Sodus High School in 1946 and then attended New England School of Theology and Gordon Divinity School. In 1950 he was ordained as an Advent Christian minister. He received his Ph. D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His scholarly writing career culminated in the publication of his book The Final Prophecy of Jesus: An Historicist Introduction, Analysis, and Commentary on the Book of Revelation (2007). From 1958-1987 he served as the Director of the Library and professor of Biblical Studies at Berkshire Christian College in Lenox.

In 1988 he began his association with Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies (BICS) serving as Professor of Bible until 2009. An enthusiastic archeologist, he traveled frequently to Israel and created the Bible Lands Travel Seminar currently offered through BICS.

A founding member of Hope Church, and a churchman, he served as elder for many years. Oral was preceded in death by his sisters, Marion Polk, Arla Ross, and his brother Homer.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Towle Collins of Rochester, N.H., and his five children, Sandra Lynne Wanamaker (Robert) of Burnt Hills N.Y., Rev. Rodney Johnston Collins of West Springfield Mass., Rev. Roger Gerald Collins (Shari) of Byram, MS, Judith Anne Faulkner (Scott), of Larkspur Colo., Paula Marie White (John) of Columbia S.C., twenty grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 18 at Hope Church, (259 Kemble Street, Lenox MA). The Funeral will be Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. at Hope Church, the Rev. Dr. Doug Foss officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Housatonic Street, Lenox.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to BICS, PO Box 1888, Lenox MA 01240.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 17, 2013.