JOHN T. COLLINS, age 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, with family and friends by his side at the Wyngate at RiversEdge in Proctorville, Ohio. He was born January 30, 1928, in Acme, W.Va., and was the son of the late Luther Collins and Nellie Reynolds Collins. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Anna Ruth Jackson Collins, and his only sister, Justine Collins Heysel. John leaves behind his devoted daughter, Colletta “Rosie” Watkins Collins; his only son, John (Carol) Collins; a stepdaughter; three grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. John’s life was filled with many exciting adventures and had he written a book, it would have been a best-seller that would include some of his most talked-about memories: growing up on 14th Street West with his bootlegging grandmother “Maw Collins,” jumping over cars and making money for it, his love of all things art, his prize-winning tomatoes, his Huntington High School track records (5 firsts in one meet), his love of dancing (winning the 2012 Tri-State Dancing with the Stars at the age of 85), his four-year scholarship for track to WVU, his time in the Navy (Korean War) after being drafted and having to leave WVU, working as a postman and helping draft Huntington’s first ZIP codes, becoming a captain in the Huntington Fire Department and achieving his BS degree in education from MU while working as a firefighter, becoming a Mason (33 degree) and driving a Cabell County school bus. John was a larger-than-life character and will certainly be missed. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Reger Funeral Chapel, with the burial in Woodmere Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Social distancing and masks are required. www.regerfh.com.
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