Military veteran

Harley Lee Collins, 86, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Kabul Nursing Home following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Huggins, son of Isaac and Gladys Robinson Collins. He and Amy Hicks were married March 1, 1948, in Houston. He later married Leta May McBride on July 22, 1987, in Miami, Okla. She died April 4, 2006.

He grew up and attended school in the Huggins community. He served in the Army from September 23, 1944, to November 25, 1945, as a gun crewman. He worked at times as a gunner and loader, helping the crew load and fire 105 mm howitzers. He served five months in the ETO.

He enjoyed being outdoors, especially when hunting and fishing. He loved catching catfish at the pay lakes near Grovespring north of Hartville and showing off his catch to those around him. He also liked to tell stories, play Bluegrass gospel music and go the Mountain Grove Senior Center or the Sunnyside Café for lunch or to visit with friends. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Survivors include his children’s mother, Amy Collins of Mountain Grove; a companion, Lena Williams of Mountain Grove; a son, Wesley Collins of Mountain Grove; two daughters, Kim Whanger and Sheila Collins of Mountain Grove; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services are 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home Chapel with Junior Vaughn officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.

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