Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service & Forest Lawn West Cemetery
4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC
Edith Julia Collins
October 20, 1921 – June 1, 2019
Edith Julia Collins, 97, long-time resident of Charlotte, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in her home at the Gardens of Taylor Glen in Concord, NC. A native of Gaffney, SC, she was the daughter of the late Columbus Phillips and Polly Bridges Phillips.
Julia was a graduate of King’s Business College in Charlotte, NC. She worked in the insurance industry and in retail sales for Belk Department Stores in Charlotte for several decades until her retirement at the age of 75. She was a member of Westview Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Julia was a kind-hearted and loving person of deep faith. Her quiet demeanor, sense of humor and many stories endeared her to all who knew her. Her profound love for her family and friends will always be cherished.
Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, James Pittman Collins; her brother L.C. Phillips; and her sisters Ethel Champion, Vanelia Phillips, Nellie White, Mae Price and Carolyn Johnson. Julia is survived by her brother Clayton Phillips and his wife Francell of Seymour, TN; her sister-in-law Bonnie Sue Depperman of Lugoff, SC; her daughter Lisa Johnson and her husband Dan Johnson of Concord; her son Kenneth Collins and his wife Mary Collins of Cary, NC; and her son Jimmy Collins and his wife Helena Swanljung-Collins of Huntingdon Valley, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Hannah and Sherry Pinnell of Concord, NC; Andrew Collins of Cary, NC and Caitlin Collins of Dallas, TX; Erik Collins and his wife Rachel Kahn of Princeton, NJ; Peter Swanljung and his wife Alyssa of Rydal, PA; Henrik Swanljung and his wife Sarah of Huntingdon Valley, PA; and Johan Swanljung and his wife Lisa Förare Winbladh of Stockholm, Sweden. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Kaj and Tristan Kahn Collins; Luke, Ella, Sean and Sofia Swanljung; Nora and Emmy Swanljung; Egil, Hjalmar and Benjamin Swanljung; and by her many nieces and nephews in the Gaffney and Blacksburg, SC area.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2019 from 1-2:30 pm at Forest Lawn West Funeral Service, 4601 Freedom Dr., Charlotte, NC 28208. The funeral service will be held immediately following visitation, after which Julia will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn West.
- Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, June 5, 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Edith Julia Collins
June 5, 2019
I remember Julia telling about a time she was confronted in a grocery store parking lot by a young women (or teen and possibly two of them). I can't recall if she had a knife or was unarmed but she demanded Julia's purse (or groceries) (sorry my memory is so poor... it made a deep impression on me but it was so very long ago... 40 years?). Julia said "No!" and walked away angry but not the least bit scared. She was smart, hard working, and powerful.
She also bugged Lisa, every morning, "Riiissse and SHHHHIIINE!!"