Rev. Charles Melvin Collins

Born: Mon., Oct. 5, 1931
Died: Thu., Feb. 7, 2013


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 08, 2013
Location: Lawrence Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 09, 2013
Location: Lawrence Funeral Home

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Rev. Charles Melvin Collins, age 81, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Shelbyville.  Rev. Collins was born in Bedford County and was a son of the late Allen Jackson and Julia Pearl Sudberry Collins.  He was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  Rev. Collins was a member of First United Methodist Church of Murfreesboro and was a member of Shelbyville Benevolent Masonic Lodge # 122 F&AM.  He retired after 30 years of service with the United States Postal Service where he was superintendent of postal operations in Bedford and Rutherford counties.  He also retired after 20 years as a United Methodist Church minister having served as pastor at many churches in Bedford and Moore counties.  Following his retirement, Rev. Collins was employed with Lawrence Funeral Home in Chapel Hill and Howell-Lawrence Funeral Home in Shelbyville, TN.  He was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Ann Collins, Reva Mai Collins, and brothers, James Edward Collins, Robert Allen Collins and Hubert Collins.

Rev. Collins is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Elizabeth Rush Collins, Shelbyville, TN; sons, Samuel David Collins, Murfreesboro, TN, Daniel Rush Collins, Murfreesboro, TN, James R. Watlington, Shelbyville, TN; three grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Lawrence Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with Rev. Lewis Johnson and Rev. Jimmy Sorrells officiating.  Burial will follow in Pressgrove Cemetery.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Hospice Compassus, 1805 North Jackson St., Suite 5 & 6, Tullahoma, TN  37388 or the charity of your choice.


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Reva Thornton & Judy Collins
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
Dear Dot, Sammy, Danny & James....
We heard this morning from Linda & Clyde that Uncle Melvin had passed. We are sorry that we won't be able to be with you in person this weekend, but know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and miss you and think of you often. I remember the last time I saw Uncle Melvin was at the "first cousins" reunion in August 2009 - he was moving slow, but still had that smile and sparkle in his eyes....he would always cut up with us kids to make us laugh. All daddy could talk about for weeks after we got home was what a great time he had and how good it was to see his brother and all his cousins (I'm SO glad we made the trip!!) I am trying to get in touch with Bill to let him know about Uncle Melvin (he's serving in Afghanistan right now)...please keep hiim in your prayers that God will protect him and bring him home safely. We send a big hug to you Dot and pray that the loving arms of our Heavenly Father will comfort you. WE LOVE YOU!!!!!
Reva & Judy

Don and Patsy Price Newberry
   Posted Fri February 08, 2013
Mrs. Dot - So sorry to hear of Charles Melvin's passing. I know he is rejoicing in Heaven, but it is never easy to say good-bye. I will never see or hear of Caramel or Butterscotch Pie that I don't think of the good times we had at Reba's table. I will always appreciate the kind words he shared at the funerals of Reba and my Dad. I am thankful for the love he has shown my family and the guidance he gave my boys when they were young. You were always by his side. I know he will be missed by many. He was much loved. We will not be able to be at the visitation or the funeral due to prior commitments, but know you will be in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

Much love,

Becky Boyce Hughes
   Posted Fri February 08, 2013
Dear Dot, Sammy, Danny & James,

So sorry to hear of Bro. Melvin's passing. Even though we kids all grew up, I still remember lots of good times! I know Bro Melvin is so glad to not be suffering & that he is at peace in our heavenly home! Know that e ach of you are in my thoughts & prayers for the coming days & months of adjusting without him. I know God loves you & he will give you the strength to finish the race he has for each of you. Much love.

Nancy Sample
   Posted Fri February 08, 2013
Sam & Debbie,
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Collins passing. Although I don't know the entire family - if any are like Sam, they are all wonderful and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time but remember he is with our Heavenly father and in no more pain or suffering. He will be waiting for you just rejoice for the good times you shared and may God give you all the peace that only He can. If you need anything, please let me know.

Cathy Giles Davis
   Posted Fri February 08, 2013

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