A son of the late Fred L. and Nina Leverette Collins and step-mother, Mattie Alexander Collins, he was born June L4, 1926 in Stephens County, Georgia where he lived all his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, WW ll. He was employed with Colonial and Big Star Stores for a number of years and retired from the Stephens County School System. He was of the Pentecostal faith and a member of Gateway Community Chapel. He was involved in the nursing home music ministry and was choir director for 60 years for his church. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Roy Collins, L.B. Collins, Agnes walker, Nellie Harrison, Della Pulliam, Nina Jean Addison, Mattie Meeks, Bill Collins, Sue Williams, Jack Collins and Harry Collins and by a Great-grandson, Owen Christopher Manley. Survivors include his wife of the home, Elva Poole Collins; two daughters and a son, Sybil Manley of Watkinsville, Georgia, June and Wayne Butler of Bishop, Georgia and Tommy and Duanna Collins of Toccoa; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon, April 17, 2016, at 2 o'clock in the Hillcrest Chapel of the Acree-Davis Funeral Home with The Reverend Mr. Don Scott, The Reverend Mr. John lngham and The Reverend Mr. Wayne Butler officiating. Family members will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers, Robert Collins, Ronald Collins, Dale Collins, Barry Pulliam, Richard Pulliam, Fred Harrison, Jacky Addison, Steve Addison, Gary Meeks, Mark Meeks, Owen Collins and Brent Collins.
The family will receive friends at the Acree-Davis Funeral Home on Saturday from 6 p. m. until 8 p. m. and on Sunday from 1 p. m. until the service time. Online condolences may be made by visiting the website at www.acree-davisfh'com.
Interment will follow in Stephens Memorial Gardens with the Acree-Davis Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
[Editor's Comment: Harold Collins was a good man, a man of faith and full of the Holy Spirit. I have been acquainted with him since 1986 when I joined the Georgia Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He and his wife, Elva, were noted for their faithfulness and loyalty. They were always present at the Georgia Conference Camp Meetings in Franklin Springs, as well as conferences and conventions. I thought of them as joyful Christians, and you could always count on them to be there and do whatever they are asked to do. They loved to sing and shout and dance in the Spirit. I am told that he was an enthusiastic song leader and could motivate the people to sing joyfully and with spirit.
I would like to honor Harold Collins for his service to our country. He served in World War II and was a vital part of the Greatest Generation of Americans. He was indeed a American Patriot. Having served myself in the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force, I identify with all servicemen and women who serve in the Armed Forces of our nation.
The last time I saw Harold and Elva was at the dedication of their great-granddaughter, Maddie Morgan Eason, which occurred at Christian Life Worship Center (formerly Tarkenton Memorial Church). Maddie Morgan Eason was named after our daughter, Stephanie Ellen Morgan. Melvine and I were given the honor to dedicate Maddie Morgan. I had brought water from the Jordan River when we were in the Holy Land, and I used that water as a part of the dedication to anoint her head as a sign of consecration to God. I made sure that that water was purified. I learned this method from Dr. Paul F. Beacham when I was a student at Holmes Bible College and attended Holmes Memorial Church.
We have lost a giant of the faith. His legacy will be a constant reminder of a good man who lived his life for God, country, and the church.
The writer of the Book of Revelation has these words to remind us of those who die in faith: ""Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them" (Rev 14:13, NIV).