Robert Clyde Collins, 95, of Parkersburg, passed away Nov. 2, 2013, at his residence and is now in Heaven with his beloved wife and other family members.
He was born Feb. 11, 1918, in Wood County, W.Va., the son of the late Clyde and Agra Mae Wade Collins.
Robert was retired after 43 years of service from Rig and Reel/Walker Parkersburg, where he was a machinist. He was a member of the Machinist Union, on the Board of Recreations as a referee, and a member of Beechwood Presbyterian Church, Parkersburg, since 1956. Robert enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and digging yellow root, and was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. The greatest gift ever given to him was his salvation and faith in Jesus Christ.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Linda Terrell of Parkersburg; his son, Robert Carl Collins and his wife, Toni, of the Philippines; two grandchildren, Tamma Ruth and her husband, Leo, of Washington, D.C., and Chad Terrell and his wife, Tresha, of Ashland City, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren, Leo "Trey" Ruth III, Kaylee Ruth, Whitney Renee Potts, Landis Terrell, Hunter Terrell and Chad Terrell Jr.; a cousin, Wanda Wade of Smyrna, Tenn.; a niece who he helped raise, Susan Clayton of Cedar Hill, Texas; and his "other" daughter, Charlene Ketterman of Deerwalk, W.Va.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary K. Collins in 1998.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Beechwood Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Rick Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen South Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, and Tuesday one hour prior to the services at the church.
The family requests that memorials may be made to the Sanctuary House at Beechwood Presbyterian Church, 703 30th St., Parkersburg, WV 26101 in Robert's memory.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lamberttatman.com