October 25, 2004

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 1, 2004

Bessie Lee Collins

TALLULAH Bessie Lee Collins died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Olive Branch Senior Care Center. She was 81.

Born in Forest, Mrs. Collins had been a longtime resident of Madison Parish. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Tallulah.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Collins; and three brothers, Ray Florence, Gaines Florence and Edwin Florence.

Survivors include four sons, Gerald Collins, Truman Collins and Donald Collins, all of Tallulah, and Steve Collins of Bastrop, La.; three sisters, Odie Mae Reynolds of Tallulah, Betty Sue Whitley of Texarkana, Ark., and Grace Riley of Deer Park, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Tallulah with the Rev. John Rushing officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were John Collins, Curt Collins, Tracy Collins, Randy Collins, Dave Collins, Kevin Collins, Danny Collins, Greg Collins, Ken Reeves and Preston Walker.