William B. Collins

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William B. "Bill" Collins died Saturday during one of his favorite pastimes: listening to Cajun music. Bill waltzed into the world on Jan. 28, 1933 as the only child of William B. Collins, Sr. and Rosa Folse Collins. He was a proud descendant of one of San Antonio's first residents after the fall of the Alamo. Although Bill's mother wanted him to be a priest, he fell in love with Kathryn Wynelle Wade on a blind date with lifelong friends Jackie Tobias and Tony Granata. They married on Nov. 9, 1957 and spent 42 years together until Wynelle died in 1999. Bill was proud of his family and the five daughters they raised in South Montgomery County.

Bill's mother's Cajun roots were strong and he loved the music and culture of his extended Louisiana family. Bill met a kindred spirit in Katherine Rod and they danced across Texas and Louisiana until the night before he died. He was a member of the Polka Lovers' Klub of America.

"Wild Bill" graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio and was in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and was a member of Pipefitters Local 211. He worked for Way Engineering and retired from the San Jacinto River Authority. After retirement, Bill sashayed down the aisles while working at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. For many years, Bill was a precinct chairman and was known as "Yellow Dog Democrat" among his friends in the ROMEO club and at Woodlands Fine Cigars. Bill braked for garage sales and his search for good deals led him to open Collinswood Gift & Antiques with Wynelle. Until last year, he worked with close friend Betty Palmer at Granny's Attic in Tomball. Bill valued volunteering and was a mainstay at Conroe ISD events, the Spring Crawfish Festival and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed calling Bingo at the South County Friendship Center.

Bill was a founding member of Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church and belonged to Knights of Columbus Councils 2917 and 6557.

Survived by daughters Karen Stinson & James M. of The Woodlands; Cheryl Schwenke & Donnie of Willis; Carol Gifford & Dennis of Lumberton; Kellie Smoller & Aaron of St. Louis, MO; Kimberly Hayes & Bobby of Conroe. Grandchildren: James Travis Stinson; Donnie (Amanda), Michael & Matthew Schwenke; Megan Cress (Ricky); Kaylin & Keaton Gifford; Alex Smoller; Kathryn, Natalie & Carson Hayes. Great-grandchildren: Kathryn Mae Cress; Hunter & Madelyn Schwenke. Sister-in-law: Helen Wade Vaughan. Special "sister" Louise Badger. Benny & Debbie Rod. His "brew crew" at Whataburger on Sawdust Rd.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 24 at Forest Park The Woodlands at 5 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. Funeral mass will be Wednesday, March 25 at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands 77381, with Father Matt Thottilyil and Deacon John Charnisky officiating. Donations may be made to the bereavement groups Rainbows & Roses at Sts. Simon & Jude or Senior PALS at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands. Bill credited these groups with his healing after the loss of his beloved Wynelle. "Whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord." Proverbs 8:35


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Mar. 23 to Apr. 5, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home
18000 Interstate 45 S | The Woodlands, TX 77384 | (936) 321-5115
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