Obituary for Rev. John D. Collins
Micaville - Reverend John Durden Collins was born on August 20, 1933 and entered his heavenly home on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Alabama. He was a life-long resident of Micaville, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his father Doyle Collins, mother Willie Collins, brothers Doyle Jr. and Joe Collins, and sister Ann Collins. John D. is survived by his loving spouse of almost 62 years Katherine Lumpkin Collins, sisters Sue (Johnny) Floyd, Mary Ayers, brothers Bill (Era) Collins, Paul (Ferlie) Collins, daughter Lisa (Tony) Cobb of Eastaboga, Bryan Collins of Heflin, and Bruce (Tammy) Collins of Munford. He also is survived by 5 granddaughters Mindy (Andrew) Cooper of Calera, Holley (Zack) Burford of Eastaboga, Amber (Rob) Watson of Pell City, Ashleigh (Matt) Humphries of Oxford, Taryn (Matt) Ertzberger of Heflin and step-grandchildren Lynn (Laura) Miller of Strawberry, AR, Warren (AJ) Askew of Oxford, AL, Chris (Erica) Miller of Reidsville, NC, Wayne (Allison) Miller of Reidsville, NC, Matt Cobb of Heflin, Corey Cobb of Alamagordo, NM, Jessica (Reverend TJ) Tims Nashville, TN, as well as many great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Heflin, Alabama, where he was also laid to rest. The pallbearers were the grandsons and the honorary pallbearers were his nephews, the Masons, and close friends. The officiates of the ceremony were Reverend Gary Cox, Dr. Roland Brown, and Reverend Tim Britton.
The family would like to send a sincere thanks to Noland Hospital, Dr. Michael Sesay of Anniston, and RMC 5th floor for the love and care that they showed them during this difficult time.
John D. was a self-employed general contractor for over 50 years, but the job he loved the most was serving as pastor of various churches across Clay, Cleburne, and Randolph Counties. He served in many different capacities in the church from being a deacon, a choir director, and pastor to helping with the building of churches from the ground up. He would help with his church no matter how small or great the need was. Anyone who ever met him knew he loved the Lord and he was never ashamed to show his boldness for his faith. He lived by his favorite verse Matthew 6:33, “But, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given unto you”. He was very kind and selfless. He would give anyone the shirt off of his back without expecting anything in return. He was a member of the Masons, a United States Army Paratrooper Veteran, and most importantly the Godly patriarch for his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his family is rejoicing in knowing that he is with his Savior and was told as he entered the gates, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.