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Roselawn Funeral Home & Roselawn Cemetery

741 Danville Road SW, Decatur, AL

OBITUARY

Thomas Pryor Collins

January 25, 1957February 9, 2020
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Thomas (Tom) Pryor Collins had the best reunion ever, with his Savior on Sunday, February 9. Tom is survived by his wife, Terri Collins, their three children, daughters Tracie Collins McPhillips (Joseph) and Tricia Collins and son, Taylor Collins, two grandchildren, Ryleigh McPhillips and Dyson McPhillips, his mother-in-law Jo Ann Doyle, sister Pat Collins Tidwell, sister-in-law Norma Collins, and hundreds of friends and young people who he loved through his youth ministry in Decatur.

Tom was born on January 25, 1957, in Abbeville, Alabama to Talmage and Blanch Collins. He was a diehard Alabama fan, graduating from the University of Alabama in 1979. He and Terri married and lived in Chattanooga before moving to Decatur in 1982.

Tom retired from TVA after 31 years of service. His passion was for the youth at his churches, both Central Baptist and later Wesley Memorial Methodist. Tom coached every sport that his children played, taught in the Youth Ministry and later Teen Bible Study. For over 15 years he led the contemporary Worship service at Wesley Memorial, blessing all worshipers each Sunday with his gifts and graces. Tom invested his energy in people, loving and caring for all those around him as he shared the love of Jesus.

Tom Collins had the ability to light up any room. With an infectious smile and easy demeanor, he was someone you wanted to be your friend. He was also an incredible husband, father and grandfather. He loved supporting his wife, Representative Terri Collins in her personal and political endeavors. He enjoyed traveling and was an awesome travel buddy. He also loved to read, was a movie aficionado and trivia expert. He was active and involved with the Emmaus community from mid 90’s to this past year. He served on Appalachian Service Project mission trips for many years with youth and adults making lifetime memories. Because of his love for music and young people, he loved to teach the youth around him to play the guitar.

Tom’s untimely passing stunned his family and friends. The only consolation is knowing that Tom is now walking the streets of gold with Jesus, singing and playing guitar with the angels. Family and friends are comforted by so many precious memories and the joy of knowing they will see Tom Collins again.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to your favorite charity or to Decatur Youth Symphony – decaturyouthsymphony.org

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Margaret Yance

February 14, 2020

Butch Collins was one of my most memorable algebra students at Abbeville High School in the early 1970's. Fresh out of Troy, I was a very "new" teacher, returning to my alma mater in just 3 years.

Butch and his peer group were supportive and grateful for every effort I put into explaining Algebra II. He would say, "This is the first time I have ever really understood math. Thank you, Mrs. Yance."
Always cheerful, always respectful of his teachers, Butch was loved by everyone. And I genuinely appreciated his enthusiasm and sweet spirit.

I lost touch with Butch after high school, but I always knew that he would do well in life. The potential, the personality, the drive --all were evident even in his teens. I am so happy to see that he had such a great life, and that he is now residing in Heaven! I wish that I could have told him how very proud of him I was! I am so lucky to have known him.

Vivian Phelps

February 12, 2020

Terri and family.....what a shock to hear of the loss of your precious Tom.....he was a special man and I know you will miss him terribly....I always loved hearing him sing and lead music....I can totally relate with how you are feeling after having lost my husband almost three years ago....I know how you feel Terri...right now you are numb....you will go through all stages of grief....if you ever want to talk I'm here to listen....just know that God will sustain you and so will your family and friends....stay strong in the Lord....love you and my prayers are with you and your family...

Michael Cooper

February 12, 2020

Tom and Terri were a great influence in my high school years. Tom was my Sunday school teacher. Haven’t seen them since then but I always remember their home being warm and open to us. A great man.

Kay Barnes

February 12, 2020

When my children MICHAEL and MINDI MOEBES were in the youth group at Central Baptist Church TOM and Teri were a very positive influence in their life. Prayers for the family💜

Blake Robbins

February 12, 2020

Tom was my Sunday school teacher for a brief time when I was in high school. Even though he wasn’t much older than us, he seemed wiser by 20 years. Wonderful, Godly man. He will be sorely missed by many. My prayers are with his family.

Jeanie and Jim Fincher

February 12, 2020

Tom and Terri led our children at Central Baptist Church and I am grateful for his service. Many prayers for this special family as you adjust to this great loss. The community, his family and friends have lost a wonderful and Godly man. May God comfort you all. We are grieving in S.C. today ! Jim and Jeanie

John and Nina Rogers

February 12, 2020

Nina and I were sad to see that Tom had passed. Our prayers will be for Tom's family, and for you. He really lived an exemplary life for Christ, and I know he's rejoicing to be home, although our desire would be that he stay with us longer.

Paula Brown

February 11, 2020

I will cherish the times I had singing with Tom both at his home and at Wesley for special music. His love of Jesus and commitment to share that love with others is a shining example for all of us Christ followers. Jesus must have a special job in heaven that only Tom could accomplish. Sing one to Jesus for me and I’ll see you one day!

Harry Aultman

February 11, 2020

I am saddened by Tom’s passing. Although I have not talked to Tom in a few years, I will always remember the time we spent together at Wesley and on mission trips and on Emmaus walks. Tom was always there with a kind word or an ear to listen. He always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart. I know he is in God’s House and I pray for God’s blessings and comfort for Terri, Traci, Trisha and Taylor.

Billy Cagle

February 11, 2020

I truly loved this Godly man. His tender gentle spirit, his servant heart was an inspiration to me. I will truly miss him.
My prayers are with Terri and the family. I pray that God will make his presence known in their lives.
God bless this family. Tom was truly one of God's choice servants.

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