Kenneth Burton Collins

June 16, 1919October 2, 2013

Kenneth Burton Collins (Rip) went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. He was born in Chattanooga, TN. June 16, 1919 to James Bennett Collins Sr. and Maggie Delzell. Ken served in the U.S. Navy for 7 ½ years during World War II. He was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church for 38 years, serving as a teacher of Junior boys 22 years, a deacon and on board of trustees of Tennessee Temple College. A member of Central Baptist, Crossville, TN. 10 years, served as deacon and in the Prison ministry. Presently (Most recent) was a member of South Seminole Baptist Church for 10 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother - George Raymond who lived in California, and son - Daniel Lee. He is survivred by his wife of 71 years Doris Horton Collins, Son’s - James R.( Sue), Joseph S. ( Bev), Daughter - Teena Collins Hill (Don), Brother - J.B. Collins Jr. ( Polly). Sister - Betty Margaret Benton (Sam), Knoxville, TN., Grandchildren - Jeff Collins (Kim), Terri French, Debbie McAnally (John), Ken Vielhak, Clint Wilson (Brandy), Step Grandchildren - Angie Moore (John), Steve Wilson (Deanna), Nineteen Great grandchildren, sister-in-law Joy Collins and several nieces and nephews. Services held 11:00 am Saturday, October 5, at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 S. Moore Rd., East .Ridge, TN. with Rev. Roland Smith, Rev. Ron Perry and Rev. Scott White officiating. Interment will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery 10: 00 am Monday. Pallbearers include grandson’s, Jeff Collins, Ken Vielhak, Clint Wilson, John McAnally, John Moore, Steve Wilson. Honorary pallbearers include Don Shockley, Bill Crabb, Howard and Bobby Shockley, Benny Collins, David Collins , his Sunday School Class. The family will receive friends at the funeral Home Friday from 5-8. Ken request in lieu of flowers - memorials be given to S. Seminole Baptist, Central Baptist, Crossville, TN. American Red Cross, Local Disaster Relief Fund, Community Kitchen Ministry.


  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 5, 2013

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Kathy Jennings Wells

October 8, 2013

I wanted you to know how sorry I am about the death of your Dad. Wow, you had him for many years. I will pray for your family especially your Mom. He had a great life. Kathy Jennings Wells

Emilia Jones

October 5, 2013

I am so honored to have witnessed Ken's love for others, especially his beautiful wife. For many, many years, Ken and Doris have been serving others as American Red Cross volunteers at Erlanger Health System. Their love and devotion for people is something so beautiful. We sure will miss him at Erlanger! To the Collins Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us!


October 5, 2013

Our Hearts and Prayers are with Jim, Joe and the Collins family in this time of sadness.We pray that the Lord will Blessed this family and Keep them in his Care.

Blevins B. Saxton III & Family

October 4, 2013

I grew up knowing that my Uncle Kenneth was a special person. He was a committed Christian, always showing devoted love for the Lord by his loving and sharing spirit. My prayers for peace and comfort are with Aunt Doris, Jim, Teena, Joe and all the family. We are all rejoicing that he is now home with our Lord and Savior.

Donna & Paul Taylor
(Brentwood, TN)

John Redmond

October 4, 2013

Rip Collins, a devout christian, proud family man, proud veteran.He will be
deeply missed by all who knew him.We have all lost a good man.May you rest in peace Rip, you have more than paid your dues.

Jeff Hester

October 4, 2013

Joe, sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad,you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Judy Gober

October 4, 2013

Jim & Joe so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He must have been a wonderful man. I've heard you both speak of your Dad and knew he was a Special to both of you. My prayers are with you and your family.
Judy Gober

Don Shockley

October 4, 2013

Doris,you and Ken hold such a special place in Sherry and my heart. Rip and I were like brothers, he always made me fill special. He was so special to me as you are.

Love to You, Jim, Joe, and Tenna

Distant Admirer

October 3, 2013

Ken and I barley knew each other but his love of The Lord, Jesus Christ shown thru his weathered eyes. My faith is stronger because of him. God bless his wife and family.

Jeff Collins

October 3, 2013

I wish that I could put into words the feeling of loss that I am dealing with due to the passing of my Grandfather. He was a faithful and loving man. He was faithful to the Lord, his family, friends and strangers in need of help. He was a man that never demanded respect, but everyone that came in contact with him respected him. I know that he is with the lord receiving riches far beyond his wildest expectations. I pray for peace and comfort for my Grandmother,parents,aunt,uncle and the rest of my family during this time of grief. I love you Pawpaw.