William Oscar Collins, 87, the oldest of four sons of William Oscar “”Dick”” Collins and Violet Pearl Smith, was born Oct. 9, 1916, at Dykes. He died Jan. 10, 2004, at Sun City, Ariz. He graduated from schools at Dykes, White Rock and Houston before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Missouri State. He received his master’s from the University of Missouri and doctorate from Indiana University. While working on his degrees, he taught at several one-room schools surrounding Houston before moving to HHS, where he taught business courses, basketball during World War II and drivers’ education. He moved with his wife and son to Springfield to teach at SMS before moving to Pierce City to become high school principal. He returned to Springfield to teach at the college. Four years later, the family moved to Ypsilanti, Mich., where Mr. Collins was a professor at Eastern Michigan University. He always encouraged others to get a higher education. When he retired, the Collins’ eventually moved to Sun City in 1983. They traveled to the 50 states and parts of Europe and Africa. Mr. Collins spent years collecting data for the book “”The Kinfolk of Perry White Collins””, which he co-authored with Helen Collins Bailey and Rick Yarnell. He was preceded in death by his wife in November 2003 and two brothers, Roy Wayne Collins and Russell Lee Collins. Surviving are his son, Delbert Keith Collins of Oak Brook, Ill.; one brother, Albert Raymond Collins; two grandsons and six great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 9 o’clock until service time. Burial will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. “

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