William J. Collins
William J. COLLINS, a respected resident of this city for the past 46 years, 
died at 6:15 o'clock Sunday night at his home, 1021 Welkins Street, only eight 
days after observing his 68th birthday.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday 
at 3:30 p.m. at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. Linnie McDONALD officiating, and 
burial will follow in Kirk Cemetery.  The services will be in charge of Eben 
Swift Camp, Spanish-American War Veterans. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, 
where friends may call at any time up to the funeral hour.

Mr. COLLINS was born April 20, 1878 in McLeansboro, the son of James W. and 
Mary BURNS COLLINS.  He was married in 1900 to Eva L. COCHRANE, who preceded him 
in death in February, 1943.  On October 5, 1943, he was married to Mary J. ELLIOT 
who survives.

Mr. COLLINS served as an enlisted man in the Co., L, Ninth Regiment in the Spanish-American 
War and was a member of the Eben Swift Camp.  An active church member and civic worker, he 
was a member of the General Baptist Church.

Surviving, besides his widow are three sons, James F. COLLINS, of Mt. Vernon; Gilbert COLLINS, 
of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Lawrence COLLINS, of Mt. Vernon; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha PEARSON, 
of Mt. Vernon; and five grandchildren.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: April 29, 1946
Submitted by: Mary Zinzilieta 

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News Date: Monday, April. 29, 1946 Submitted by: John R. Ball

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