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Obituary: James Samuel Collins, Sr., 85 Columbia, KY

James Samuel Collins, Sr., was a member of Southside Church of Christ, a self-employed businessman, operating Collins Upholstery Shop for over 60 years. He was a devoted husband, father and brother and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

On September 7, 2010, at 4:08amCT, James Samuel Collins, Sr., went home to be with his heavenly Father.

The funeral service for Mr. James Samuel Collins, Sr., will be Friday, September 10, 2010 at 1:30pmCT at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia KY with Hugh Gannon and Rev. Kenny Jessee officiating. Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY, with full military honors presented by VFW Post 6097. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home.

His grandchildren and great grandchildren will be casket bearers and honorary casket bearers.

James Samuel Collins, Sr., Adair Co., KY (1924-2010)

He was born Wednesday, December 10, 1924, to M.V. and Nona Florence McFarland Collins, and died Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at the age of 85 years, 8 months, and 28 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings; Charlie Tate, Hugh "Buck", Marie Collins, Joe Collins, Sr., Preston Collins, W.T. (Bill) Collins, Robert (Bob) Collins. Also he was preceded in death by a son, James Samuel Collins, Jr., in January, 2010 and a great-grandchild, Ashton Lynn Collins on March 18, 2008.Mr. Collins is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edra (Bobbie) Nell Jessee Collins, and the following:
  • Seven children: Judy LaneSnider and husband Thomas of Watauga, TX; Ricky Dean Collins and wife JoAnn of Columbia, KY; Kerry Lynn Collins a wife Lynda of Campbellsville, KY; Marsha Nell Cook and former husband and fiance, Dwayne Harvey, of Manitou, KY; Jeffrey Brian Collins of Columbia, KY; Cynthia Renee Collins-Dubree and husband Chris ofTompkinsville, Sandra Renita VanArsdale & husband Kenneth of Columbia, KY

  • 19 grandchildren; Troy AdamSnider, Jeremy Maxwell Snider, Audra Janene Snider, James Samuel Collins, III, Kimberly Sue Collins, Jason Edward Collins, Sarah Nicole Warren, Chadwick Lynn Collins, Michael Lynn Collins, Christopher Dwayne Harvey, William Lee Cook, III, Benjamin Elliott Cook, Joshua Dylan Collins, Kenneth Andrew VanArsdale, Jonathan Ryan VanArsdale, Renita Danielle VanArsdale, Brittany Nicole Corbin, Tonya Rae Corbin, Collin Ray Corbin

  • Thirteen great grandchildren

  • Four step grandchildren

  • Two adopted grandchildren

  • One sister, Mattie Collins of Columbia, KY
He was a member of Southside Church of Christ, a self-employed businessman, operating CollinsUpholstery Shop for over 60 years. He was a devoted husband, father and brother and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Memorials are suggested to either Hospaurus of Central Kentucky or Southside Church of Christ. These may be left at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, in charge of arrangements

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James Samuel Collins, Sr., Adair Co., KY (1924-2010)

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