Obituary for Rev. Leroy Collins

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Rev. Leroy Collins

January 9, 1946 - November 27, 2018

Rev. Leroy Collins, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and minister, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday morning, November 27, 2018, at his home in Nashville. After a brave fight with illness for the past year, Leroy passed away to glory at the age of 72 surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Leroy was born on January 9, 1946 in Indianapolis to his parents, Dennis and Lottie C. (Brock) Collins. He was a graduate of Brown County High School.

Leroy will be remembered for always wanting to help others in his community. He helped start and build the Gatesville Fire Department in 1971, where he later served as the treasure and Captain. In 1972, he joined the Brown County Civil Defense and helped install the 911 system. He later became the Emergency Preparedness Director from 1985 to 1989. Leroy was the owner and operator of the Gatesville General Store from 1976 to 1981. He drove a school bus for Brown County Schools from 1979 to 1998. In 1991, Leroy helped form the Brown County Animal Control and worked as an officer for 4 years.

His true passion was serving the Lord as a minister. Leroy began his ministry at the age of 23 and has faithfully taught and preached at several small churches in need of rebuilding. Over the last 49 years, he has preached at Goshen Church, Mt. Zion Church, Spearsville Wesleyan and Helmsburg Wesleyan all in Brown County; and at Mt. Olive Chapel in Martinsville, Friendship Community in Trafalgar and Milport Holiness in Milport.

Leroy enjoyed hunting, fishing and tending to his vegetable garden.

Leroy is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Joan (Lehr) Collins, whom he married on May 29, 1964 in Spearsville. He is also survived by his mother, Lottie Collins of Brown County; sons, Ronnie (Stephanie) Collins and John (Pamela) Collins both of Nashville; siblings, Lloyd (Dottie) Collins, Larry (Linda) Collins and Greg Collins all of Brown County; grandchildren, Heather (David) Ziegelbauer and Lyndsay Denton both of Nashville and Miranda Denton of Bedford; great grandchildren, Bailey Frick, Karissa, Macy, Eithan and Brendyn Ziegelbauer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis; and a grandson, Jeremy Lee Collins.

The Revs. Marcus Dodrill and Jon Tarter will conduct a funeral service on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Spearsville Wesleyan Cemetery in Brown County.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Collins family at    Information:  (812) 597-4670.



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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 10:30 am

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm

Spearsville Wesleyan Church Cemetery


9174 Bean Blossom Road, Brown County, IN,

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Born: January 9, 1946
Died: November 27, 2018

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Dennis and Cindy Garrity posted on 12/3/18

Prayers for the family of Leroy Collins. Leroy was a Great bus driver for Brown County (Sweetwater Lake Area) Schools for many years.


Joyce (Emberton) Chittum posted on 11/30/18

Joan & family, So sorry to hear of your loss. He will be missed.


Brenda Summers posted on 11/30/18

Lottie ,joan and boys so very sorry to hear of Leroys passing he was a good man mom thought a lot of him and i am sure she was glad to see him take care and hope to see you all again someday soon l


Nicole Childers posted on 11/30/18

My heart felt condolence to Leroy's family. I will never forget what a kind man he was to me as a little girl. He was my bus driver, and waited for me once while I got dressed for school. I had a night gown that I really liked and that morning decided that I would just wear it to school. I put my coat on and snow boots on and ran to the bus. Leroy opened the door and said "Good morning, is that your favorite night gown?". I smiled and said " Yes, I love it", he smiled back and said "Well how about I wait for you while you go back in and put your school clothes on, I don't want you to mess up your night gown while you are on the play ground". He was so kind about it that I just said " okay, I'll be right back". I am 44 years old and that was one of my fondest memories of the first grade.


Nicki Reimondo posted on 11/29/18

My condolences to Leroy’s family. Joan was my bus driver from 1986-1991. My memories of Leroy mostly consist of him supporting his wife. There were some challenges on her route. He would get on the bus & back her up. I always thought his love for his wife was obvious. May he Rest In Peace, Nicki (Sheldon) Reimondo


Julia Emberton posted on 11/29/18

He married my Husband and me 40 years ago and they have been such special friends to us just like family, and we have loved them so. Leroy will be greatly missed but he is in a better place with his Heavenly Father, Love you, Joann Julia and Curt Emberton


Bub and Courtney posted on 11/29/18

Loving memory's of a great person that will be surely missed on this planet. sorry for your loss


Becky (Watson) Roberts posted on 11/28/18

My deepest sympathy to Joan, John an Ron.....Leroy played a huge role in my walk with the Lord. His laughter and kindness will be forever etched in my heart. May his life and Godly legacy continue to be a light in this dark world. I pray you will be comforted with peace from above and feel Gods loving arms all around you. You are all in my prayers and forever in my heart!!!!!!


Elizabeth Brown posted on 11/28/18

Such a great man of God. Has blessed our little church many times and his sweet wife. He will surely be missed. He was a blessing to all. Prayer for the family. We will meet again.