William Curtis “Buddy” Collins, 95, went to be with The Lord on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. Burial will follow at Woodland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at White’s Funeral Home.
Buddy was born May 17, 1918, in Grant Town, Texas, to Jesse C. Collins and Maggie Smith.
He was in the Army from 1942-1945 where he was stationed in Hawaii and Tinian Island. He was a lifetime member of The American Legion.
In February 1946, he married the love of his life, Lena Elizabeth Wilkinson, in Breckenridge, Texas. In 1953, they moved to Mineral Wells to raise their two children and also became members of First Baptist Church.
Buddy retired from Civil Service in 1975.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 60 years; sister, Helen Allen, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Ross Collins, of Kerrville; his beloved daughter, Betty Carol Mellem; and a much-loved sister-in-law, Adelle Martin.
He is survived by his son, William Scott Collins and wife, Debbie, of Mineral Wells; grandchildren: Nikki Ashley and husband, Rick, of Mineral Wells, Denise Mendoza and husband, Jovan, of Mineral Wells, Jaime McDougal and husband, Shawn, of Mineral Wells, Dena McDowell and husband, Bo, of Jourdanton, Jesse Davis and wife, Misty, of Granbury; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who he loved dearly.
Pallbearers are Billy Allen, Clay Alexander, Charlie Alexander, Rick Ashley, Jovan Mendoza and Shawn McDougal. Honorary Pallbearers are Ty Ashley and Jesse Davis.
White’s Funeral Home