First Posted: 10/28/2009
DOBSON Mr. Clarence Harvey (Duck) Collins, 81, of Dobson, took his heavenly flight to be with our Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. He was surrounded by his loving family and many friends. He was born on Oct. 16, 1928, to Rush Cecil and Mamie Arie Wall Collins in Rockingham County. He was employed with Washington Mills in Mayodan and was transferred to Dobson in 1962, where he worked as assistant plant manager until his retirement. He drove a bus for Central Middle School for 12 years, was Dobson town commissioner for 16 years and delivered the Winston-Salem Journal for 46 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all he knew. He was a member of the Dobson First Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Griffin Collins; two brothers, James Collins and Harold Collins; and two sisters, Edith Rumley and Marie Easter. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, W.A. (Tony) and Geri Collins of Shertz, Texas; two daughters and son-in-law, Connie and Kimber Smitherman of Dobson and Ms. Deborah Collins of the home; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Rush Cecil Jr. and Ann Collins, Paul and Louise Collins, all of Madison, and Donald Collins of Lakewood, Colo.; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Jimmy Julian of Eden; two sisters-in-law, Polly Collins of Madison and Edith Collins of Reidsville; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Hazel Swift of Thurmond. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Dobson First Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Ellisboro Baptist Church Cemetery in Madison. The Rev. Michael Macon will officiate the service. His body will be taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes before the service. The family will receive friends at Moody-Davis Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family would like to express its sincere thanks for the wonderful care given to Clarence (Daddy) during his illness, by the staff of the Howard and Joan Woltz Hospice Home and the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, especially to Flannery Heath, Todd Byrd, Sarah Marshall and all who loved and cared for him. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Howard and Joan Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017, or to the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.