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Thomas C. Collins, 85, dies; decorated vet of two wars

The Times-Argus of Central City, Kentucky

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Thomas C. Collins, 85, of Beaver Dam, died on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at his home.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1924, in Long Beach, Calif., to the late Sherrill and Bertha Clardy Collins. He grew up in Hopkinsville and graduated from Hopkinsville High School. He was a Marine and served in World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal due to wounds received because of enemy action to World War II. In the late 1940s, he began working for his father, Sherrill Collins, superintendent of State Contracting and Stone in Hartford. In 1962, he began working for Peabody Coal Co. until he retired in 1984. He was a member of the Operating Engineer's Union of Evansville.

He was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and Rizpah Shrine Temple.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Annis Collins, who died on July 24, 1992; two sisters, Betty Collins Petrie and Mary Pink Collins Meyers.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Betty Sherrill and Jerry Amos of Beaver Dam; a grandchild, Jarod Collins Amos of Beaver Dam; two step-grandchildren, Sherry Piper and Terry Amos of Central City; three step-great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at William L. Danks Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, with the Rev. Glenn Armstrong officiating.

Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

Military services were held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Ohio County, 107 Gillespie St., Hartford, Ky. 42347.

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Original Publication Date: August 18, 2010

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