8/13/12 — Eugene Ronald Collins

Eugene Ronald Collins passed away on August 10,  2012 at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN where he had been a  patient in the Community Care Unit since August 2010.
He was born in Lockport,  New York on November 4, 1927 to Jay Howard and Lillian Collins. His father was  born in Middleport, New York and his mother in Kent, England.
Gene enlisted in  the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944 where he served seven years before changing to the  United States Air Force. He was stationed at Chanute Air Force Base two tours  and was a Flight Instructor for ten years. He spent one year in Tula, Greenland.  Gene worked in the aircraft maintenance and repair unit and achieved the rank of  E-6. Upon his retirement at Chanute Air Force Base, he moved to Bartow, Florida  and began working as an inside installer with the General Telephone Electronics  (later became Verizon). He earned his private pilot’s license and owned a Cessna  airplane which he frequently flew from Florida to Tennessee to visit family and  friends. Gene earned his certification as a Ham Radio operator and volunteered  his expertise during emergency situations. He retired from GTE in 1982. While in  Florida, Gene earned his Associate of Arts Degree. Gene was a member of the  Presbyterian Church, had been a member of the Moose Lodge and was an active  member of Lodge #214 of the Masonic Lodge in Manchester.
Gene and his wife, Sue,  maintained homes in Florida and Tennessee splitting their time between the two  homes until 1998 when they moved to Manchester full time.
Gene is preceded in  death by his father Jay Howard Collins, mother Lillian Collins, and daughter  Patricia Collins Replogle.
He is survived by wife Sue Canter Collins, daughters  Beverly Collins, Mickey Lintz, and son Ronald Eugene Collins, Jr. (all from  Arizona). stepdaughter Judy Whitehill-Murfreesboro, TN, stepson Roger  Anderson-Greenbrier, TN, twelve grandchildren, three step grandchildren, and 20  great grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Monday, August 13, 2012 from 12:00  p.m.  until 2:00 p.m.
The  Masonic Service will be on Monday at  2:00 p.m. with Dwight Hastings officiating followed by a Celebration of Life  Service from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN. with Reverend  Mark Barron officiating.
Burial will follow at the Rose Hill Memorial  Gardens with Full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations  may be made to the Coffee County Humane Society.
Arrangements with CENTRAL  FUNERAL HOME.