James Thomas Collins Obit

Nolan Co., Cemeteries of TX

Submitted by  Eugene R. Ulrich III

James Thomas Collins, Sr b: May 18, 1888 d: March 3, 1963
The Big Spring Daily Herald
Big Spring, TX, 3 March 1963
James Thomas Collins
Funeral will be at 4 p.m. today in Sweetwater for James Thomas Collins, 74, who died Friday evening in a local hospital.
Services will be at the Highland Heights Methodist Church with the Rev. Albert Cooper, Ackerly, officiating. He will be assisted by Charles R. Gates, Sweetwater. Burial will be in the Sweetwater City Cemetery under the direction of Gates Spencer Funeral home. Local arrangements were handled by Nalley-Pickle funeral Home.
Mr. Collins was born May 18, 1888 in Rowlett. He came to West Texas in 1905, working with the Santa Fe Railroad at Sweetwater until 1918. He then worked for the Texas and Pacific as a warehouse foreman until 1938. Mr. Collins moved to Claunce, N.M. and drove a school bus there until his retirement in 1956.
Mr. Collins is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nannie Collins, Lenorah; two sons, Royal Gene Collins, Ackerly, and James T. Collins Jr., San Angelo; one step-son, J. Boyce Lynn, Abilene; two brothers, Willie Collins, Perryton, and Robert Collins, Rowlett; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
from unknown newspaper unknown date: Sweetwater, TX
J.T.  Collins
Rites Sunday
James Thomas Collins, Sr., 74, former resident of Sweetwater, died Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Cowper Hospital in Big Springs after a few months illness.
Funeral services are set for Sunday at 4 p.m. at Highland Heights Methodist Church with the Pastor, Rev. Charles Gates, and Rev. Albert Cooper of Ackerly officiating.
Burial will be in Sweetwater Cemetery with Cate-Spencer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
He was born in Rowlett in May, 1888, and moved to Sweetwater in 1905. He was employed here by the Santa Fe and Texas and Pacific railroads from 1911 until 1938 when he moved to New Mexico. For 17 years he was a contract driver for a school bus, retiring in 1956.
In the past three years he lived in Lenorah.
He was married to Thelma Gotcher who died in 1918 and in 1924 he married to Elnor* Lynn.
Survivors are his wife; two sons, Royal Gene Collins of Ackerly and James T. Collins Jr of San Angelo; a step-son, Boyce Lyn of Abilene; two brothers, Willie Collins of Perryton and Robert Collins of Rowlett; two half-brothers, Lloyd Collins and Cliff Collins of Dallas; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Dickie Belt, John B. Hefner, Walter Lee Armstrong, Gerald Armstrong, Randy Collins and Charles Ray Montgomery.
(NOTE: *Eleanor Armstrong Lynn Collins) 2nd wife!!
Thelma Gotcher Collins b: February 5, 1894 d: July 31, 1918, Sweetwater, Nolan, TX
Eleanor Armstrong Collins b:Jun 20 1892    d: April 14 1984 in Abilene, Taylor, TX
James Collins Sr,  Thelma Gotcher Collins & Eleanor Armstrong Collins are all buried in the Sweetwater Cemetery.
Royal Gene Collins is the son of James and Eleanor. James had one son by each wife.
I sure wish I knew why I couldn't find Aunt Eleanor in the TX death index; doesn't make since, she did not re-marry.