Richard Harold ‘Shorty’ Collins

Richard Harold “Shorty” Collins, 78, of Parkersburg, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 26, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Wood County, a son to the late Roy Everett and Inez Smith Collins.

His career started with delivering milk, then in 1954, went to work at O-Ames. From there he went on to work for Cook, Allegheny Trucking and driving a school bus route. In 1962, he became a Teamster, Local 175, and went to Bell Line/Smith Transfer and worked there until they closed. Following his time there, he went to work at DuPont, Shell and Cabot until his retirement. He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church, where he enjoyed spending time with his church family, his Teamster Breakfast Club and special longtime friends, June and Wilma Sams and Don Hopkins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kay Collins; brothers, Erchel Collins, Don Collins and C.R. “Hap” Collins; and his special friend, Coco.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Collins; children, Richard Alan Collins, Michael R. Collins (Michelle) and Ann Marie Cottrill (Dave), all of Parkersburg, and Roger Lee Collins (Melinda) of Washington, W.Va.; grandchildren, Dustin Alan Collins (Debbie), Amy Michelle Boone (Jason), Kandace Lynn Collins, Lisa Nicole Deem, Zachary David Debrular, Jami Lee Debrular, Halley Rachelle Collins and Madison Renee Collins; great-grandchildren, Raylee Whited, Peyton Collins, Jaelynn Shamblin, Dade Boone, Jake Boone, Kali Smith, Amelia Deem and Cayden Wyndom; brothers, Blaine Collins and Robert Dean Collins (Donna); sister, Corrine Eaton; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Ron Hendershot and Chris Waldron officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Pleasant View Baptist Church or the Humane Society.

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