James Thomas Collins Obit
Nolan Co., Cemeteries
Submitted by Eugene R.
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
from unknown newspaper unknown date:
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
(NOTE: *Eleanor Armstrong Lynn Collins) 2nd
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.