William V. Collins


William V. Collins was born on June 28, 1926 in Rayland, Ohio to the late Frank Collins and  the late Leona (Holmes) Rivers.  William Collins went home to be with our Lord on Monday, December 19 , 2016.

William Collins was a member of Wayman AME church in Martins Ferry, Ohio from childhood until it closed.  Following the closing of  Wayman AME he became  a good and faithful member of Quinn Memorial AME Church in Steubenville, Ohio.  He joined St. John’s AME Church in Worthington after moving to Dublin in 2015.

Known to his friends as Bill, he graduated from Yorkville High School in 1944. He served in the Korean War and was a proud military bandsman. Bill retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel after 44 years of service.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Anna Mae.

He is survived by Mary, his wife of sixty years, daughters Robin (Vince) Blake and Patricia, grandsons Collin and Zachary, and sisters, Josephine and Viola (Dixon) as well as a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral Service 11:00am, Saturday, December 24, 2016 at St. John AME Church 7700 Crosswoods Dr, Columbus, OH 43235.

Condolence Messages

  1. Becky & Clinton Robson

    Dear Mary, Robin & Patricia, you have our deepest sympathies. He was a good man. God Bless you all. Love, Becky & Clinton Robson

  2. Robert and Vicki Signorini

    Condolences to the family…

  3. Ed and Lisa Antill

    Dear Mary, I’m so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to have known him. He was always so pleasant and kind,and he will be missed. I know the holidays will be hard for you, but hopefully the good memories you have will help. You’re in our thoughts and prayers,

  4. Phyllis L Gattis

    Mary,Patricia,and Robin,
    My deepest condolences to you and family.I am sorry I could not be there. You all are in my prayers.
    Phyllis Gattis & family

  5. Dear Mary and family,
    Fran and I offer our condolences to you and your family for the loss of Bill.
    AS I mentioned during our last conversation, you and Bill lived a Christian life full of love and joy. I’m sure those memories will be with you forever.
    Mary, take care of yourself and I will be in touch.
    Gods’ blessings- Herman & Frances.

  6. Dear Mary: I am sorry to hear of the passing of my buddy, Bill. He will be missed by many, especially Chumlee. My heart and love goes out to each of you. I loved Bill and enjoyed my time with him. Love, hugs and kisses to you, Mary, Patricia and Robin. Bill is now our special angel.

  7. Dear Mary & Family, You have my sincerest condolences. You & Bill are friends as well as a customers of our family. I have such fond memories of you & Bill. He was always joking, & you kept him in line. It`s been years since we last saw each other & I wondered where you guys were. I am blessed that our paths crossed in this life. Mark Cervelli

  8. Mary Reeves Collins: Mary, it was with sadness that I read the obit of Bill’s passing, and my wife Chris and I wish to extend to you and your family our condolences. May he now rest in peace.

    Rich/Chris Sklenar (a ’55 grad and “old” schoolmate from BHS

  9. The Thomas Family

    Dearest Collins Family,
    Our heartfelt sympathies are with you all at this time. Prayers and fond memories of your husband, father, brother and uncle will sustain you.
    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. The Lord will wrap His arms of love and comfort around those who trust in Him.
    Sincerely, Sharon, Anna, Toni, Walter, Ariel and Cameron Thomas
    Rockingham, North Carolina

  10. Callie Augoustidis Miller

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Mr Collins was a wonderful man! Always a pleasant smile!
    Mary, Robin and Patty, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Pastor Ronald R. Eskridge & Raye Jean

    Mrs. Mary Collins & Family,
    May the God of our Salvation keep you strong during this difficult time in your life, for Mr. Collins was an icon at Quinn Memorial AME Church, Steubenville, Ohio and just an all around gracious, kind and loving soldier in the army of the Lord. Mr. Collins fought a good fight, ran a good race and finished his endeavors on earth with a crown of glory in Christ. Keep the faith and may the peace that surpasses all understanding be with you all; henceforth and forever more.

  12. To The Collins Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and wish to extend my condolences to the family, Death is a real enemy to us all at any age. Even God himself hates death and he has promised through his word the bible to eliminate death along with pain and sickness forever. Revelations chapter 21 verses 3 and 4. Soon, the words Jesus spoke regarding the resurrection in John chapter 5 verses 28 and 29 which reads,” All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,” will take place and allow us the opportunity to welcome back our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death, to awaken to a paradise earth and to live forever upon it. Psalms 37 verse 29. May these promises from the bible bring you a measure of comfort now and a real hope of seeing your loved one again soon.


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