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Larry W. Collins

April 20, 1951 ~ February 24, 2020 (age 68)

Obituary

Larry W. Collins, age 68, went to be with the Lord on February 24, 2020.  He was saved at the age of 7 at Sulpher Springs Church and went on to be a member and deacon of Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. He was a devoted father, loving grandfather and beloved husband.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Charlie Collins Jr. & Lillie Alice “Sissy” Collins and his wife of 35 years, Joyce Ann Collins.  Larry was best known by his family as a hard worker and a gifted bass singer, who loved to sing.  He started working at the early age of 13 for the City of Sneedville, but most knew him best as the Coke man “Porky” for his 20 years at Roddy Coca Cola. From there he went on to be the General Manager at Lakeway Dedicated Trucking until his health disabled him in 2002.  He was most proud of the gift of singing that the Lord had blessed his family with.  He taught his sons with the help of his loving wife how to sing harmony at a very early age and in 1985 began singing with his wife and sons as a family quartet in churches all over.  He sang with his wife and sons until her cancer sickness in 2005 and subsequent passing in 2008 and continued singing with just his sons and soon his grandson until just a few months before his death.  He even got to play in a bluegrass band (Midnight Fire) with his two eldest sons for a couple of years, but it was the gospel singing of 35 years as a quartet with his family that he felt the most blessed from the Lord.

 

Survivors include;

His sons; Kent Collins, Rev. Kevin Collins & wife Tina and Keith Collins, all of Sneedville

Grandchildren; Savannah Collins, Ashley Collins & Brian Collins

Several nieces and nephews

 

The family expresses a special thank you to Hancock County Home Health and Smokey Mt. Home Health & Hospice

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church

Rev. Bob Davis officiating

Special music will be provided by the Gospel Messengers

Interment will follow in the Morgan Cemetery

Serving as pallbearers will be Kent Collins, Kevin Collins, Keith Collins, Brian Collins, Bob Collins, Rick Williams, Jason Seals & Leaman Maxey

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Gary Dossett & Gary Cope

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 P.M. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 and Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the McNeil Funeral Home and from 12 to 2 P.M. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church

 

Online condolences can be made at www.mcneilfuneralhome.com

 

McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville in charge of arrangements

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
February 26, 2020

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

Visitation
Thursday
February 27, 2020

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

Masonic Service
Thursday
February 27, 2020

8:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

Visitation
Friday
February 28, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
Back Valley Road
Sneedville, TN 37869

Funeral Service
Friday
February 28, 2020

2:00 PM
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
Back Valley Road
Sneedville, TN 37869

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