Charles Richard Collins, 63, of Roswell, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 14, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Collins was born on June 23, 1948, to P.A. and Dorothy (Province) Collins, in Hobbs. He obtained his associate’s degree and graduated from Officers Candidate School. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army. He received many medals and commendations, in-cluding Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation and Overseas Service Ribbon. He was discharged honorably in 1970. Charles was a proud American. He also received the American Patriot Award and was a member of the VFW, 101st Airborne, and the NRA. Charles married Donna Kay Rogers in 1973. He and Donna spent many wonderful years together and had a son Charles Ryan. She preceded him in death. He lived in Roswell for the past 24 years and attended church at Grace Community. Charles will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Those left to cherish Charles’ memory are his son Charles Ryan Collins, wife Susan, and daughter Jenna Kay; mother Dorothy Lee Collins; brother Kevin Dale Collins, wife Dee, and children, Ricky and Chris; sister Princilee Kay Collins and son Nathan; and his beloved dogs, Bear, Snooky and Nixon.
Preceding Charles in death were his wife Donna Kay Collins, and his father Prince Anderson Collins.
A memorial service will be held in Charles’ memory at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Temple Baptist Church in Hobbs, with the Rev. Lavoid Ford officiating.
Darrel Powell, Billy Gibbons, Glen Smith, Tommy Crabtree, Michael Collins, Doyle Province, Gus Marker, Kevin Collins, Gary Cothran, Chris Collins and Ricky Collins will serve as honorary pallbearers.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.