Tom L. Collins

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Tom L. Collins was born on September 7, 1922 in Claremore, OK and passed at his home in Montgomery, TX on April 6, 2013 attended by loving family. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life, Juanita Walding Collins by 3 months, 28 days.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, E.R. Collins and Bertha (Rogers) Collins; siblings, Kenneth Collins, Lois Margaret Collins, Virgil Collins, Theodore Collins, Bertha Marie Collins, John Paul Collins, Delbert Collins.

He is survived by his children (spouses), James Collins (Sarah), Thomas Collins (Sonja), Nita Bailey (Jay), Patrick Collins (Richard Spethman Jr.); grandchildren, Christopher Collins (Vanessa), Rhonda Banks (Joel Kesterson), Lisa Slocum (Preston), Doug Blackwell (Sandy), Matthew Bailey, Bryan Bailey, Kara Leighton (Jacob), Cordelia Collins, Camille Collins, Kanon Collins; great grandchildren, Peter Horn (Kristin), Brian Horn, Alexandra Martin, Ian Freeman, Elliot Blackwell, Reid Collins; great-great grandchildren, Georgia Horn; sister, Ernestine Wilson- Audd (Ralph Lee); sisters in law, Johnnie Waites, Emma Collins, Mary Collins; nephews, Robert Waites (Suzanne), Kenneth Waites (Karen); great nephew, Kendal Waites; great niece, Heather Waites; with many other nephews, nieces and loved ones.

As a child Tom's family moved to Kilgore, TX where he soon demonstrated his excellence as a football player. He played for Kilgore High School and Kilgore Jr. College. In 1946 he was part of the team that traveled to California to play in the first Jr. Rose Bowl.

Tom served in the Army in the Battery B 798 th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion during WWII. He was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Bars (4 years). Tom and Juanita moved to the Houston area in the late 1940's. He graduated from the University of Houston to begin his career as an educator in the Houston Independent School District. When he retired he and Juanita moved to Montgomery, TX. He became a Master Gardener and spent many years growing Christmas trees and hybrid apples. Tom spent over three decades as a volunteer for the Mt Pleasant Cemetery Association. He was instrumental in the re-building of the Chapel in 1976. Tom was a lifetime member of the Freemason Society, Danville Lodge No. 101 A. F. & A. M., Kilgore, TX. He was devoted to his family and truly believed there was no place like home. His wisdom, honesty and unconditional love will be cherished by all that knew him always.

The family is sincerely appreciative of the countless, nameless people that honored Dad in his last years by stopping him on the street to shake his hand and thank him for his service to our country during WWII.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Mt Pleasant Chapel in Montgomery, TX at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Disabled Veterans or the Chronic Disease Foundation.


Published on from Apr. 19 to May 6, 2013
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