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Verda  Ray  Collins
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Obituary for Verda Ray Collins

Verda Ray Collins, age 90, of LaFollette passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the LaFollette Court Assisted Living in LaFollette. Mrs. Collins grew up in Laurel Fork, KY and has many friends and relatives there and in Middlesboro, KY. She lived in several different states with her husband, who was in the military. Her husband's family was from Speedwell, TN and after retirement, in 1970, they built their home in LaFollette. She was a faithful member of Elm Grove Baptist Church, working tirelessly preparing food for church events. An avid quilter, she completed 32 hand sewn quilts and made 43 heating pads for friends and loved ones. Her passion was singing for the Lord and, she sang a solo almost every Sunday at church. She grew a beautiful rose garden that enabled her to give roses to her friends and those in nursing homes. She had a generous heart and will be sadly missed by all. Preceded in death by Husband, Hobert C. Collins; Parents, Chester Partin and Angeline (Maiden) Partin; Brother, Dewey Partin; Sisters, Zella Miracle, Gladys Mallicote, and Thelma Jones.


Daughter: Lana J. (Collins) Johnson, residing in Falmouth, Maine with her
husband David Johnson
Son: Larry J. Collins, Jackson, Michigan

Grandchildren: Benjamin Johnson, of Falmouth, Maine
Wesley Johnson and wife Amy Johnson
Shelly Kopka, Johnston, RI

Great grandchildren: Molly Johnson, Fiona Johnson, Karissa Kopka, Kaylee Kopka,
Zoe Johnson
Sisters: Margie Cobb, Middlesboro, KY
Bessie Partin, LaFollette
Ruby Smith, Canton, Michigan

Beloved Niece: Karen Torez, Middlesboro, KY and numerous other family members in KY, TN, and Michigan

Services 2 PM Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Elm Grove Baptist Church in LaFollette, TN

Chaplin James Dunn and Rev. Danny Wilson Officiating

Interment to follow at Wilson Cemetery in Speedwell, TN
Grandsons, Benjamin Johnson and Wesley Johnson will be Pallbearers

Family will receive friends 1 PM to 2 PM Saturday at Elm Grove Baptist Church in
LaFollette, TN

Condolences may be given at

Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Previous Events





1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Elm Grove Baptist Church

Elm Grove Church
101 Stiner Lane at Old Middlesboro Hwy
LaFollette, TN 37766





2:00 PM
Elm Grove Baptist Church

Elm Grove Church
101 Stiner Lane at Old Middlesboro Hwy
LaFollette, TN 37766

Cemetery Details


Wilson Cemetery

Wilson Cemetery
Speedwell, TN 37870


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