Christian 04

Rev. Claude E. Collins

January 14, 1931 ~ October 5, 2020 (age 89)



Rev. Claude Elmer Collins, age 89, of Sneedville, went to be with Jesus on October 5, 2020.  Claude was ordained into the ministry on June 4, 1967 and was a member of Elm Springs Baptist Church.  He was the chaplain and a member of the Vardy-Blackwater Volunteer Fire Department.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lambert & Gertie Collins; infant son, Earl Dean Collins; daughter & son-in-law, Phyllis & Carl Jarnigan; brothers, Roscoe Collins, J.B. Collins, William Russel Collins & D.B. Collins and sisters, Christine Carpenter, Ora Lee Louthan, Mary Ellen Sexton & Inez Collins


He is survived by

His loving wife of 69 years; Mable Hatfield Collins

Sons; Carl Collins, Troy Collins & Gary (Marty) Collins, all of Sneedville

Daughters; Betty (Clerance) Collins & Imogene (Joe) Lewis, all of Sneedville and Sharon (Bobby) Philips of Jefferson City

14 grandchildren and19 great-grandchildren

A host of nieces and nephews and many friends

Special caregiver; Sybil Bell

Special thank you to son, Carl Collins, for his kind loving care


Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Elm Springs Baptist Church

Rev. Kester Bunch & Rev. Terry Bunch officiating

Special music will be provided by Kathy Gibson & Terry Bunch

Interment will follow in the Gallahon Cemetery

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Collins, Tim Collins, Joseph Collins, Jonathan Collins, Anthony Lewis, Benji Collins & Justin Jarnigan

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 P.M. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Elm Springs Baptist Church


Online condolences can be made at


McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville in charge of arrangements

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October 7, 2020

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elm Springs Baptist Church
Snake Hollow Road
Sneedville, Tn 37869

Funeral Service
October 8, 2020

2:00 PM
Elm Springs Baptist Church
Snake Hollow Road
Sneedville, Tn 37869

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