Military Honors at Services for the Late Sgt. Collins May 21, 2011
Sgt. Thomas L. Collins, 1921-2011
May 22, 2011 - Sgt. Thomas L. Collins suffered a major heart attack on Wednesday morning, May 18, and did not recover. He was just one month short of his 90th birthday. The 2010 Memorial Day Service at which his wartime achievements were celebrated was his last.
During visiting hours on May 20, the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars paid its respects with a special service.
The Funeral Service was held yesterday at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, which could not contain the large number of people who attended. The service was led by Rev. Anthony L. Larson, Pastor. In addition, Rev. George Wilson, former pastor, delivered a homily, speaking about the important ways in which the deceased contributed to the communities he belonged to.
Thomas L. Collins, III and Brendan deMar Collins, grandsons of the deceased, shared memories of their grandfather's loyalty, determination and eagerness to help others. In addition to the grandsons, the pallbearers were Bobby Jones, Tim Miller, Tim Taylor and Charles E. Miller, Jr.
Guest organist Bob Mulford came out of retirement to provide music for the occasion. He served as organist for the church over more than three decades. Among the hymns were one of Sgt. Collins's favorites, "Beulah Land."
During the Committal at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, an honor guard played taps, folded the flag and presented it to Anne Miller Collins, widow of the deceased. (See photos below.) A reception for family and friends was provided at the Springs Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial gifts be directed to the Springs Church or the Springs Ambulance Service.