Delores Bishop Collins

March 5, 1938June 19, 2020

Mrs. Delores B. Collins, 82, of Richmond, VA departed this life on Friday, June 19, 2020, at her home in Richmond.

She was a retired Richmond and Henrico Elementary School Teacher for 23 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Bishop and Sadie W. Anderson; one son, Malcolm Collins; one sister, Edna Mae Bishop; three brothers, James, Ronald and Lawrence Bishop.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Rev. Louis A. Collins, Jr.; three daughters, Cheryl Corbin, Amanda Collins, and Cassandra Crawley; three sons, Rev. Michael Collins, Timothy Collins, and Rev. Louis A. Collins, III; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sadye Bishop and Janalisa Thornton; one brother, Terrance Anderson; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020; 11 a.m. at Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 West Cary Street, Richmond. The Rev. Dr. Earl M. Brown, Pastor and officiant.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that you send donations to Meals on Wheels.


  • James Bishop and Sadie W. Anderson, Parents (deceased)
  • Malcolm Collins, Son (deceased)
  • Edna Mae Bishop, Sister (deceased)
  • James, Ronald and Lawrence Bishop, Brothers (deceased)
  • Rev. Louis A. Collins, Jr., Husband
  • Cheryl Corbin, Daughter
  • Amanda Collins, Daughter
  • Cassandra Crawley, Daughter
  • Rev. Michael Collins, Son
  • Timothy Collins, Son
  • Rev. Louis A. Collins, III, Son
  • 21, Grandchildren
  • 10, Great-Grandchildren
  • Sadye Bishop, Sister
  • Janalisa Thornton, Sister
  • Terrance Anderson, Brother


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 27, 2020


Delores Bishop Collins

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Heather Moulton

January 5, 2021

I shared a lesson I learned from Mrs. Collins as a 5th grade student at Glen Allen Elementary in the mid-nineties with my 6th grade daughter the other day. I wanted to look up Mrs. Collins to thank her for the lesson she taught me and was sad to see she had passed. One day she brought crackers and sardines to share with the class and after giving every kid the opportunity to take one from her she said she was disappointed only 2 people in the class said "thank you." I remember being so ashamed I wasn't one of those two because I had been raised to be grateful. I have always remembered that lesson and tried to teach my kids that even if you don't like something or want it, you need to show appreciation to people. She taught me a great lesson about gratitude that day that I will always remember. Thank you.

Damita Jackson

June 27, 2020

Mrs. Collins was my 5th grade teacher at Glen Allen Elementary in the 1980's. She was stern and wanted your very best self to show up every day. She made such a profound impact in my life. I absolutely loved her. I send sincere condolences to the family. Please know that God will see you through. Mrs. Collins, thank you for being a part of my village and helping to prepare me for the world.

Marketa James

June 26, 2020

Mrs. Collins was the first person I met on my first day working at Fifth Baptist Child Care Center...she pulled me right under her wing, teaching me the ropes! I'm grateful I had the chance to meet such a great woman!! I will never forget her!
Prayers to the entire family during this time.

Marketa James and Family

Thad Jones

June 26, 2020

Rev. Collins Jr. and Ms. Crawley,
Pat and I are quite saddened to learn about the home-going of your wife and mother. We knew very little about her, yet that one time that Ms. Crawley introduced us to her mother, it was easily determined that she was a very caring and sweet lady. Both of you have our sympathy. We know that God will take care of you in the coming days to get you and your family through the sorrows. May God Bless the entire family.

Betty Watson-Garris

June 25, 2020

I extend my heartfelt sympathy to each member of the Collins family.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal. Delores Collins touched so many lives with her love, strength and determination. I pray that the Peace of God will be with you and her memory will bring you Joy.

Melissa (White) Moore

June 24, 2020

Mrs. Collins was my 5th grade teacher at Glen Allen Elementary school. She is the reason I am now an educator. I remember my first year teaching in Henrico County and she came to substitute at my school. I was estatic that she could see the fruits of her labor. I'm sure she has left a mark on many. I pray for comfort and peace for the Collins family. May God bless you all.

Marlene Tweedy

June 24, 2020

She was not the typical First Lady. You could not make her sit down and be served. She wanted to do the serving. We always went back and forth, jokingly of course. I loved her spirit and passion for God's people. God has you now. Rest in Power beautiful lady.


June 24, 2020

To the Collins Family:

I met Mrs. Collins 10 yrs. ago at Great Hope Baptist Church and she made me feel loved from the moment we met. I will surely miss our conversations, her chicken vegetable soup, her smile, her caring & compassionate personality and most of all her mothering love that she showed my and my grandsons.

You have my deepest condolences.

Debbie Ayers

June 23, 2020

Mrs. Collins will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her loving, caring strength was a model for anyone she came across. Her joy in life was contagious. Family, you are in our thoughts and hearts. We grieve with you.

Love always

Your Maple St family
Debbie and Boopie

DHShuler, HRSPA Rep

June 23, 2020

The members of Henrico Retired School Personnel Association extend their condolences to the family and friends of Delores Collins and our appreciation for her many years of service to students and staff and for her membership in HRSPA.