Johnie Nathaniel Collins, Sr.

July 15, 1923 - August 21, 2011
Johnie Nathaniel Collins, Sr.


Johnie Nathaniel Collins, Sr., 88 of Wilmington passed away Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Liberty Commons.

He was born in Stokes County, NC on July 15, 1923 to the late John Henry Collins and Laura Augusta McKinney Collins.

Johnie was retired as a transport driver with Frito-Lay with over 32 years of service and over 3,000,000 miles accident free. He was a proud veteran of WW II serving in the US Army Air Corps.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty G. Collins; three children, Barbara Petry (Victor), Patricia Blakey (Larry), and Johnie N. Collins, Jr., (Victoria); six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; and one sister, Asilee Smith of York SC.

Memorial services will be 2:30 pm Wednesday , August 24, 2011 at Fellowship Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund, 5709 Murrayville Rd., Wilmington, NC 28405.

Heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at Liberty Commons and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the excellent care and attention given to Mr. Collins.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington,NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • August 22, 2011
    Lynn says:
    Larry and Pat, Bailey and I send our love and prayers that God will wrap His strong arms around you and help you through these tough times. We're thinking of all of you and wishing you peace. With great love, Lynn

  • August 23, 2011
    Denny and Eric Jennings says:
    Larry and Pat, Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. You are loved, especially during this difficult time.

  • August 23, 2011
    Brenda & Steve Voss says:
    Pat and all your family. Steve and I have you in our prayers in this time of need. Reading the information about your Dad he lived a full life and not many people can attest to being married 67 years. God Bless you Love Steve and Brenda (Blakey) Voss

  • August 23, 2011
    Debra Collins says:
    Aunt Betty, Barbara, Pat, and Nathan, I was so sorry to get this news. I will be praying for all of you during this time of loss and grief. There are times when it is difficult to be so far from the family. I would love to be able to reach out to give each of you a hug. Love, Debra

  • August 26, 2011
    BOBBY LEONARD says:
    I have so many precious memories of seeing the Collins family when I preached at Fellowship. I remember the pastor and I visiting the room of Bro Collins this past March when I last preached there. I know God has a city where God's children will gather again soon.