David Bernard Collins

September 16, 1944May 30, 2013

David Bernard Collins, age 68, of Chattanooga , TN passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Grandview Hospital. David was born in Chattanooga to Walter B. Collins(Shadow) and Helen Ewing Collins. He lived in Chattanooga, TN. until 1996 when he moved to the Suck Creek Mountain Community. He was a member of the Suck Creek Mountain Volunteer Fire Department where he also served on the board. David was a graduate of Red Bank High School and the University of Tennessee. He retired from TVA in 1994. David was a member of the Red Bank Baptist Church where he sang in the adult choir and the Prime Time Singers. His Passion was Barbershop singing. He was a member of the Cleveland Barbershop chorus ( Sounds of Tennessee) and a member of the Chattanooga Choo Choo chorus where he was a Barbershopper of the year in 1989, 92, 95, 98, and 1999. He served on the Dixie District Board of Directors from 1993 to 1998. He sang in many Barbershop Quartets, his latest and longest was with the Rock City Four. He sang on the International stage with the Nashville Music City Chorus. David was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Bernard and Helen Collins and his father and mother-in-law Robert T and Lillian Jarrell. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Carol Ann Jarrell Collins, sons David T. Collins of Nashville, Tennessee, Michael Collins (Colleen) of Libertyville, Illinois; two grandsons whom he adored, Harrison and Patrick; brother, Dr. Robert Collins (Caroleigh), and nephews Rob, Marc and Christian Collins; aunt Betty Carpenter; he is also survived by his beloved dog, Rascal The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 2-5 pm at Chattanooga Funeral Home-North Chapel and on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 10 am – 11 am at Red Bank Baptist Church. Funeral service will be conducted at 11am on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Red Bank Baptist Church with Dr. Fred Steelman and Rev. Brian Johnson officiating Interment will follow, in Rankin Cemetery in Dunlap TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Suck Creek Mountain Fire Department Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, Highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee 37343. Please share your thoughts and memories at


  • Visitation Sunday, June 2, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, June 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 3, 2013

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Dawn Roberts

June 14, 2013

Carol, I was in Florida when this happened. I just read about David's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and the boys. I have very fond memories of your entire family.

Helenanne Frobose

June 4, 2013

Jack and I were saddened to here about David's passing. Our times together at Barbershop and all our laughs we have had in the past years will be remembered forever. Carol, you are such a strong person we will be thinking of you in this time of sadness.

Jon Vickers

June 3, 2013

Dave was a man I enjoyed, respected, and looked forward to seeing at the events we both frequented over the years. He brought much more to admire than his singing to each gathering. A fine singer and a fine man, he was a clear example of what a quality barbershopper should be. We'll all miss him but we will look forward to seeing him again in the eternal AIC! Sing on my brother, sing on!!

June 3, 2013

Fred and I will truly miss David. Our prayers are with you and your family. He will not be forgotten. Judy Jesse

June 3, 2013

I learned of this loss while travelling and am very saddened. David contributed greatly to the Barbershop Harmony Society in so many ways. His love for the music and those who sang it was something to see. There may be finer men in our Society today, but I sure haven't met them. My world is one friend shorter today due to David's passing. May his legacy be his thorough understanding of what it meant to be a giver and not a taker. Rest in Peace, David.

Ev Nau

June 3, 2013

dear Carol ,David was a true friend and a great help for the fire dept. He will be truly missed.Our prayers will be with you let us know if we can do anything.
David Howard

Mark Rodda

June 3, 2013

So sad that we will not be able to ring chords again on this planet, David -- but we will sing again, my friend! Bon voyage to you.

I would also like to send my condolences and best wishes to the family at this difficult time. What a great guy . . . I always enjoyed his company.

John Blackwell

June 3, 2013

David and I worked together at TVA for many years and he was a dear friend. I cannot begin to say how much our friendship meant to me through our years at TVA. David was a good human being and made a positive influence.
He will be missed. God bless you in your loss. I wish that I could be there to celebrate his wonderful life. John Blackwell

June 3, 2013

Carol Ann, Hugs and comfort to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Nancy Carol Dawson, Dunlap, TN>

Iris Guyton -Bezares

June 3, 2013

Dear Carol and family - Our hearts are so very saddened for our loss of David. He will be greatly missed by the numbers of friends he made through the years and we will never forget his talent, and commitment to help make the projects at hand his very best. As Chad and Brandon were developing our Cleveland Chorus, David was there and his love, enthusiasm and commitment to Barbershop and just singing in general was encouraging to everyone around him. All our love and prayers- (Mom) Iris, Chad, Brandon, Andrew, Dustin, Chase and Jordan