- July 19, 1927 - January 14, 2017
- Mcdonough, Georgia
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Rev. Burney Ray Collins, age 89 of McDonough, Georgia passed away January 14, 2017. He was born in Cobbtown, Georgia to the late Leonard and Sallie Collins. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Willie Mae Saturday Collins and by siblings, Gladstone Collins, Elton Collins, Christine Haynes, Lucille Williams, Vernon Collins and Eleene Powell. Ray faithfully served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and a Master’s degree from Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Buchanan, Valley Brook Baptist Church in Decatur, Woodbury Baptist Church and retired from Luthersville Baptist Church. He was a member of the McDonough First Baptist Church and volunteered as a Chaplain at the former Henry Medical Center. Ray enjoyed fishing and was an avid gardener. Survivors include children, Martha Sue Collins of McDonough, GA, Sally Mae Collins of Englewood, NJ and Allen Ray (Susan Gribble) Collins of Kennesaw, GA; special friend, Faye Timmer of Englewood, NJ; step grandchildren, Nick and Ava Gribble; sister in law, Nelle Holcombe of Columbia, SC; brother in law, Rev. Paul Stouffer of Centerville, TN; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 11:00 am at the McDonough First Baptist Church. Dr. Charles Thomas will officiate. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Friends may visit the family Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the McDonough First Baptist Church in memory of Rev. Ray Collins. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com.