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Charles Earl Collins, Jr.

SHREVEPORT, LA - Charles Earl Collins, Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2010, after a 20 year courageous battle with Parkinson's. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Osborn Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 8, 2010, in the Chapel of Osborn. Officiating will be Rev. Justin Haigler. Interment will follow at Beulah Methodist Church Cemetery in Marthaville, LA

Mr. Collins was born September 16, 1928, in Oil City, LA. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bossier City. He and his wife, Dorla worked for years with the young married Sunday School and Training Union Departments at Ingleside Baptist Church in Shreveport. He attended Huffines Elementary School. His family was transferred to Shreveport where he entered and graduated from C. E. Byrd High School.

Mr. Collins started his career working for the H.L. Green stores as Assistant Manager in Bartlesville, OK and the downtown store in Dallas, TX. He moved his family back to Shreveport and began employment with the First National Bank. He promoted the School Savings Program in Caddo Parish Schools. He worked in marketing, new business development and was promoted to Vice President. He retired as Branch Manager of the Texas Street Branch after 43 years of service.

Charles was very involved in business and civic organizations. He was President of the Mid-City Kiwanas Club and attended the World Kiwanas meeting in Vienna, Austria. He was President and on the Board of Directors of the Shreveport Better Business Bureau for many years. He was named Top Producer for the Shreveport Chamber of Commerse. As a result of his youngest son having learning disabilities, Charles realized the need for a sheltered workshop in Shreveport and consulted Forrest Dunn, a State Representative. Along with Arnold Faulk HAP House was developed and is the only civilian sheltered workshop on a military base in the United States. HAP continues today after 34 years of service. Charles was also instrumental in getting the American Rose Society to locate its headquarters in Shreveport. He was past director of the Shreveport Kiwanis Club; treasurer, Shreveport Chapter, NCCJ; and past director of the Shreveport Rose Society; past director of Volunteers of America. He had been active with the Boy Scouts, Goodwill Industries, Civic Opera Assn., Centenary Fund Drive, United Way campaigns, Better Business Bureau and Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Broadmoor Lodge F&AM 432, and a Shriner.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elsie B. Collins. He is survived by his wife, Dorla Durr Collins; sons, Randy Collins of Denver, CO, Ricky Collins, Mark Collins both of Bossier City; and two granddaughters, Catherine Rene' Collins and Emily Rene Collins.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Boughton, James Goins, James Blewett, John Maranto, Bud Gibson and Don Updegraff.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Garden Court Nurse Care and Dr. Richard Zeig.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Association, or the donor's choice. OSBORNFUNERALHOME.NET


Published in Shreveport Times on Feb. 6, 2010
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