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“Mother, I miss you more everday. You were a special love in my life. I love you so much. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Brenda - Big Stone Gap, VA

“Alvin and Family, I send my condolences for your loss. You're family is in my prayers and if I can do anything to be of help please let me know. ...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Joe Reasor - Pennington Gap, VA

“Faye and Kay, sorry for your loss. She was a great christian lady. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Clarence Taylor - kingsport, TN

“Alvin, Carlos called me this morning and told me of your mother's passing. I was very sorry to hear this news. We hate to give them up but, just...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Michael Pease - Clinchport, VA

“Alvin, We may not be able to come to the services, but we will be remembering you and the family. You will see your Mother again one day in...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Bruce Miles - Jonesville, VA

“I am truly sorry for your loss, you and your family will be in my prayers. Bless you. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Rev. Taylor R. Phelps - Dryden, VA


Ruth Collins, 91,of Big Stone Gap went home to be with her heavenly father July 10,2011 at 12:45 a.m.

She was born in Keokee, VA, on July 7,1920 at an early age her family moved to Imboden, VA where she remained a resident until 1960. She spent the remainder of her life as a resident of Big Stone Gap, VA.
She was a lifetime member of Appalachia Pentecostal Church having served a secretary and treasurer for 73 years.
She was employed at Smitty’s Department Store for 20 years and Collinsworth’s Furniture for 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, George R. Collins; father, John Collinsworth; mother, Belva Collinsworth; along with seven sisters and three brothers; a grandaughter, Monica Lynn Collins; Son In laws, Bill Hill, Mike Gustafson, and Wayne ‘Byrd” Parrott.

She is survived by her five children, Alvin Collins, George Collins Jr., and wife Shirley Jo; Brenda Rutherford and husband John; Kay Parrot and Fay Collins; along with care giver and niece Mildred Barton; five grandchildren , nine great grand children and five great great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m Tuesday July 12, 2011 at Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap VA. The funeral service will be conducted following the visitation at 8:00 p.m. by Rev. Roy Smith, Rev. Carlos Wolfe, and Rev. Tony Nunley.

The graveside service will be on Wednesday July, 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. At Glencoe Cemetery the family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday to go in procession.

Pall Bearers will be Brandon Parrott, Shannon Parrott, Justin Skaggs ,Travis Skaggs ,Jeremy Collins and Scott Sexton.

An online guest registry and memorial condolences can be made at www.holdingfuneralhome.com.

Holding Funeral Home is Honored to serve the Collins Family.

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