Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home

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Herbert Leon Collins

June 19, 1928May 23, 2019

Herbert Leon Collins, a longtime resident of Fayetteville, departed this world to join his Lord and Savior on May 23, 2019. “Herb” was born June 19, 1928 at Sutton, Braxton County, West Virginia to James R. and Mae Collins. He had a passion for education and was a 1946 graduate of Nicholas County High School and a 1955 graduate of Glenville State College. Between his high school and college careers, Herb volunteered for service in the United States Army reaching the rank of Sergeant First Class. As a member of the 24th Infantry Division, Company B, 3rd Engineers he was involved in the Battle of Taejon and the later defense of the Pusan Perimeter, being awarded the Bronze Star for Valor in combat. He subsequently received a certificate of appreciation on the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War from the President of the Republic of Korea. He worked as an educator in Nicholas, Braxton, and Fayette counties and retired with more than 37 years of service. He was a faithful member of the Fayetteville Baptist Church since 1959 and had previously been ordained as a deacon. He will be remembered best by his family and friends for his quiet intelligence, hard work, extreme self-discipline, self-effacing humor, and sincere humility. He will also be long remembered by his family for his deep devotion to them and to his God. He is survived by his sister Kay Talbert, his lifelong love and wife of 67 years, June Harris Collins, his sons Mark, Eric, and Jerome, along with his grandchildren Caitlin Collins, Alana Collins, Gabrielle Mendoza, Abigail Collins, Jackson Collins, Jason Collins and one great-grandson Mason Mendoza. Visitation will be held at the Fayetteville Baptist Church beginning at noon on May 28, 2019 with the service starting at 1:00pm and internment to be conducted at Huse Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the Collins Family would ask that donations be given to the Hospice House of Southern West Virginia, Beckley, where Herb received such kind and loving care during his final days on earth. For those wishing to express condolences to the Collins family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com. Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home will be assisting the Collins family.



  • Visitation Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 28, 2019


  • Burial


Herbert Leon Collins

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Jeannie Henson Morris

June 4, 2019

Our families shared a lot of wonderful times over the years. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could say something to take away the sadness and the pain. Hold onto the memories and to each other. Your family has always been a special part of my life. We love you guys.

Michael Collins

May 29, 2019

What a wonderful uncle that always could cheer me up and tell a funny joke! Sorry we could not be there, but our Love and thoughts are with you always. Love to the whole family.

Love Mike Collins and family

Rita Jeffries

May 29, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your dad.

Mr. Collins was a very special man. He was my grade school teacher and I loved him dearly. I will always remember him as a sweet, kind friend.

You are in my prayers.

Janette Woodrum

May 28, 2019

Mr. Collins was a wonderful man..he always had a kind word..always a smile...my deepest sympathy to all the family...may he rest in peace.

Ken Bragg

May 27, 2019

I’ve met a lot people in my life but not many like Herb . He was a man of kindness, integrity and class . He touched a lot of people throughout his life and will never be forgotten. Prayers for June and his entire family.

David Shockey

May 27, 2019

Condolences to the Collins family. I always enjoyed talking with Mr. Collins about old radio programs.

Larry, Helen, Sarah, and Jesse Case

May 27, 2019

Larry, Helen, Sarah and Jesse Case

May 27, 2019

We will miss our friend and neighbor, Herb Collins. We were blessed to have known him for 27 years. He set the standard for how to be a good neighbor. He was kind, hardworking, and quiet with an understated sense of humor. He had an awesome garden every year! He was a good and faithful servant. God bless and comfort the family.

With love,

The Case Family

Angela Marsh-Blocker

May 26, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Collins family during your time of bereavement. Herb remains a peaceful and humble man in my mind, as I reflect on past moments when in his presence. Thankful I had those moments in the past to witness such a quiet, impressive soul.