Jerry Lee Collins

February 10, 1939 - January 18, 2019

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Tuesday, January 22, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Community Baptist Church, 6340 E 700 S, Wolcottville


Wednesday, January 23, 11:00 AM
Community Baptist Church, 6340 E 700 S, Wolcottville


Jerry Lee Collins, 79, of Wolcottville died Friday, January 18, 2019, at his residence.

He was born February 10, 1939, in Floyd County, Kentucky, to Worden and Grace (Allen) Collins.

On April 19, 1956, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, he married the love of his life, Velma Glee Hicks. She preceded him in death on June 7, 2012. He then married Lola (Sizemore) Conley on June 21, 2014, in Stroh.

Mr. Collins had worked as a foreman at Olson Body in Sturgis. He served as pastor at the United Baptist Church in Stroh for 17 years.

Jerry was a character who loved to joke with others. He enjoyed people and loved his family.

Surviving are his wife, Lola Collins of Wolcottville; four daughters, Debra (Jim) Meyer of LaOtto, Teresa (Bruce) Allen of Sturgis, Jennifer Good of LaGrange, and Deloris (Kim) DeYoung of Waterloo; three sons, Jeffery (Rhonda) Collins of Auburn, James (Sara) Collins of Avilla, and Gary Collins of LaGrange; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Sue Collins of Paintsville, Kentucky, and Laura Ann Lane of Dayton, Ohio; and five brothers, Jackie David Collins of Little Rock, Arkansas, Clifford (Louann) Collins of Stroh, Billy Collins of Arizona, Johnny (Becky) Collins of Wayland, Kentucky, and Jimmy (Dixie) Collins of Sturgis, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Velma Collins; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edith Lois Cordial.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Community Baptist Church, 6340 E 700 S, Wolcottville with Pastor Ron Bell and Pastor Willie Collins officiating. Burial will be in the Ontario Cemetery.

Calling is Tuesday, January 22, 2019, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the church where there will be an evening service at 6 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Guest Book

Tom Baker
January 23rd, 2019 6:18pm

Sending prayers to the family. Always enjoyed working with Jerry.

helen sue jacobs
January 22nd, 2019 4:48pm

Sorry I couldn't be there, prayers for the family,.

Tullos family
January 21st, 2019 7:47am

Jerry you were an amazing pastor you will be dearly missed . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family we are truly sorry for your loss

January 20th, 2019 2:47pm

So sorry about your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless all of you.

George and Angie (Smallwood) Jenkot
January 20th, 2019 1:57pm
615 E 705 N Howe, IN 46746

Our thoughts and prayers go with you in this difficult time.

Mark Whited
January 20th, 2019 10:10am

James, Gary, Jenny, Delores and family, Sorry for your loss.

Willard & Glenna Tuttle
January 19th, 2019 2:38pm
LaGrange, IN

So sorry for your loss, Jerry was a good friend. Our Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Bridget Sage
January 19th, 2019 2:17pm
South Milford

My heart is with your family❤

Rev.Larry & Fay Anglemyer Sr
January 19th, 2019 8:47am

Prayers of comfort for all

Fay Trent and family
January 19th, 2019 6:52am
Elberton, Georgia

So sorry to hear this. I've known him so many years along with Velma and you kids. We will see them in Heaven.

Sheri Byrer
January 19th, 2019 2:49am

Jerry always made me smile and could light up a room with his character. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of the family and sending prayers for you all.

Bonnie Cordial Callahan
January 18th, 2019 10:21pm
Thelma, KY

So sorry for your loss. May the Good Lord comfort you during this time, I know he is rejoicing in Heaven. Hugs and Love to you all.

Gus and Julie Smallwood
January 18th, 2019 9:11pm
Wonewoc Wi.

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to all family and friends.

April (Collins) Alleshouse
January 18th, 2019 9:07pm
Howe, In

My heart breaks for you all! He was a great man and will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mary Thompson
January 18th, 2019 9:04pm
Fort Wayne, In.

Lola and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Jerry. Sending my thoughts and prayers your way for peace and comfort.

Johnny and Vicky couch
January 18th, 2019 8:53pm

May God bless Jerry you done your time and now you are rejoicing with the lord.

Johnny and Vicky couch
January 18th, 2019 8:52pm

May God bless Jerry you done your time and now you are rejoicing with the lord.

Danny Hicks
January 18th, 2019 8:30pm
Columbus, Ohio

Kathy Messer
January 18th, 2019 8:25pm
Stroh In

Prayers and hugs to the family. I’m so sorry for your loss god has gained another angel.

Bill and Joy Cronkhite
January 18th, 2019 8:17pm
Sturgis, MI

May the Lord wrap you in his arms to help you with your sorrow. Lifting Prayers for the entire family.

Jack, Beth and Hannah Handshoe
January 18th, 2019 7:43pm

James so very sorry for the loss of your DAD. May he R.I.P. 🌹Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.