Billy Andrew Collins was born in the state of Louisiana on Oct. 7, 1931, to Asis (Ace) and Loretta Duncan Collins Duffey. He died on Nov. 17, 2011, at the age of 80.
After the death of his father when Bill was seven or eight years old, Loretta and Bill returned to Advance, Mo., and Billy resided in the Advance and Bloomfield area the remainder of his life. Billy worked on a farm in the Avert, Mo., area.
Surviving are three sisters: Doris (and David) Blankinship of Jackson, Mo., Nelda (and Johnny) Warrick of Bloomfield, Mo., and Wanda Duffey of Florissant, Mo.;
one brother, Ray (and Marilyn) Duffey; one brother-in-law, Owen Delbert Dye; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Ace Collins; his stepfather and mother, Raymond and Loretta Duffey; and one sister, Valma Dye.
Bill was a member of the Bloomfield Church of Christ. He loved attending church services, loved "Amazing Grace" and "Precious Memories". He always reminded those he loved that "God made a beautiful world." He was always concerned about going to heaven. He loved meeting people - at church and anyone who came down the halls at the Golden Living Center. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Mo.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Mo., with Bro. Kenneth Gaines and Ray Duffey officiating.
Internment will be at the Morgan Cemetery near Advance, Mo., with Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Mo., in charge of all arrangements.