COLLINS Chris Collins passed peacefully on January 7, 2010 after a long struggle with cancer. He was born to the late Ralph and Candis Collins in Jacksonville on October 15, 1950. He had lived on the Westside most of his life, and grew up working with horses. He was proud of his service in the US Air Force, and spent time in Alaska, Vietnam, Thailand and Montana. He was a valued member of the supply team at NAS JAX where he worked for nearly 25 years. He was a dedicated motorcycle enthusiast, and will surely enjoy riding his Harley in heaven. A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his loving wife and pool-shooting partner of 18 years, Laura Sutton Collins; 6 sons - James and Kenny Collins of Charlotte, NC, Jon and Thomas (TJ) Sutton of Jacksonville, Chris Mancini of Wisconsin and Shawn Beaver of Oregon; brothers Marnie, Rick and Michael, sister Gail (Oberlander); and was blessed with 2 grandchildren, Caleb and Harleigh Christina. His many friends and "Biker Brothers" were very important to him, and he will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 13, 2009 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
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Published by Florida Times-Union on Jan. 9, 2010.