William “Ray” Raymond Collins Sr., 81, passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in a Kingstree hospital.
Mr. Ray was born in Whiteville, a son of the late William Mandrick Collins and the late Margaret Baldwin Collins Wallace. He was a retired Service Representative for Duke Energy, a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a member of the Joy Club of the church. He was a former deacon and had served on the building and grounds committees.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the Indiantown Masonic Lodge # 165, Carolina Power and Light Pioneer’s Club, former fireman of both the Dillon and Hemingway Fire Departments and was also a former Little League Baseball Coach in Hemingway. He enjoyed fishing, loved to watch wrestling and cutting grass.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 in the Morris Funeral Home Chapel, 416 N. Main Street, Hemingway, S.C. 29554 and other times at the home 408 George Street, Hemingway, S.C. 29554. Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, 5542 Carvers Bay Road, Hemingway, S.C. 29554.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Vivian Jernigan Collins; children, Brenda C. Downs, Bill “Cindy” Collins, John “Wanda” Collins and Shelly “Jim” Ruffin; 10 grandchildren, Justin, Matthew, Meggan, Andrew, Ashley, Will, Adam, John Michael, Christopher, Rachael and Maggie Blanton; nine great-grandchildren; and his beloved pugs, Cassie and Gizmo.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, 5542 Carvers Bay Road, Hemingway, S.C. 29554.
Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com.