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Billy Collins


Date/Time August 28, 2008/5:30 PM
300 W. Matthews

Jonesboro, AR

Date/Time August 29, 2008/1:30 PM
300 W. Matthews

Jonesboro, AR

Bono- Billy Ray Collins, 72, died Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at his residence.

He was born February 1, 1936 in Bay to the late Flute and Josie Collins. He was retired after 27 years from Lincoln Manufacting Company as a forklift operator, where he received several awards and served as a union steward for 15 years. He was a former farmer, route salesman and salvage yard worker. He was a member of the Strawfloor Baptist Church. Billy loved the outdoors. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Collins of the home; a son, Billy Joe Collins and his wife Connie; a daughter, Beverly Longmire Swan and husband Larry all of Bono; two brothers, Larry Collins of Marion and Jerry Collins of Blytheville; two sisters, Ruth Vick and Peggy Hill both of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Chris Timms, Shannon Timms, Terry Longmire, Michael Collins, Marsena Jones, Kim Kinkade, Ellena Cox; eight great-grandchildren, Logan McComas, Ethan Longmire, Savannah Longmire, Whitney Longmire, Paige Cox, Elizabeth Cox, Alysia Cox, Haven Timms and the Swan extended family.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Louis Collins, Ed Collins and J. R. Collins; two great-grandchildren, Jayden Longmire and an infant.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 1.30 p.m. at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel of Jonesboro with Rev. Don Miller and Rev. Rick Jaquess officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 28, 2008 at the Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro from 5:30 until 8.30 p.m.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Lee Farnsworth, Robert Webster, Earl Webster, Chris Dhane, Eddie Greene, J.J. Johnson and Bryan Smith.

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