OBITUARY

Don Collins

August 30, 1951November 17, 2020
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Billy Don Collins of Nacogdoches passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at his home at the age of 69. He was born August 30, 1951, in Nacogdoches to parents John Olind Collins and Lillie Ray (Norton) Collins.

Don graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1969 where he met the love of his life, Debbie Rogers. They were married December 19, 1970 in Nacogdoches. He worked at the Ford and John Deere Tractor stores before opening his own business, E-Tex Hydraulic Supply in February 1981. In February of 2000, he closed the shop to help take care of his parents and raise cattle.

God blessed him with three beautiful daughters, three wonderful sons-in-law, and 6 amazing grandchildren that he loved more than life itself. His foster son Scott and his family have been a blessing to him for the past five years. Don served as a Deacon at Gravel Ridge Baptist Church where he also led the music. He loved working with the youth and senior citizens.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, John & Ruthie (Pitts) Collins; and maternal grandparents, Minor & Sula (Cooper) Norton.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Deborah (Rogers) Collins; children, Donna Collins-McMillen and husband Adam of Tucson, Arizona, Heather Hoffman and husband Lonnie of Nacogdoches, and Shelley Fuller and husband Gene of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Levi Hoffman, Hunter Hoffman, Luke Hoffman, Hudson Hoffman, Khloe Fuller, and Kaley Fuller, all of Nacogdoches; foster son, Scott Hill and wife Avis of Lufkin; and foster grandchildren, Ian Hill, Wynter Hill, and Saxon Hill, all of Lufkin.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020, with the funeral service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel. The service will be officiated by Bro. Bobby Russell. Interment will follow at Eden Cemetery in Douglass.

Serving as pallbearers will be Levi Hoffman, Hunter Hoffman, Luke Hoffman, Hudson Hoffman, Jonathan Collins, Johnny Sanchez, Troy Reed, and Kirby Collins. Honorary pallbearers will be Khloe Fuller and Kaley Fuller.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made in Don’s name to Gravel Ridge Baptist Church or to Affinity Hospice of Lufkin.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.

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Candy Porter

November 21, 2020

So very sorry to hear about Don. I have known Don and Debbie for over 60 years .Don was a wonderful person and he will be missed. My prayers for the family .

Beth Harris-McKinney

November 19, 2020

I graduated Nacogdoches High with Don, he was a good guy.
My dad, Stafford Harris, was his pastor at Gravel Ridge, for a while before he retired. He thought the world of Don and his family.
RIP my friend, and give my dad and mom a hug for me.
Prayers for all of Don’s family and friends 🙏🏼

Bobbie Milstead Jinkins

November 19, 2020

I went to High School with Don and one of my memories of him was we were in the same science class with Mr. Martin . He sat behind me and always picking at me and trying to get me to laugh, so I would get in trouble! But he was a good friend to everyone! Prayers for the family . Keep your faith and God will get you through this.

Dennis Harper

November 19, 2020

Went to school with both Deb and Don, hate to hear this sad news.
And then one of their daughters married a boy I have known since he was a youngster. Don was always so friendly and will be missed.
Thoughts and Prayers Debbie, Heather, Lonnie and boys. and entire family of loved ones.

Susie Bell

November 19, 2020

I remember Don from hanging out at my Dad's Skelly Service Station on South St. Lol , Deb was driving his car and he didn't think she would gun it and shift them gears making tires squeal . Don just shook his head and laughed . He was a wonderful and fun person . He will be missed by many . Prayers for you ,Debbie .

Gene Tatum

November 19, 2020

I remember Don in High School. We were in the FFA for 4 years together. Had a lot of good times. I remember his business and we had a common interest in raising dogs I’m sure he will be greatly missed

Montana Heaslet

November 19, 2020

My Uncle Don was one of a kind, he was every loving and knew when something was wrong. He was there for me from day one. I can remember going to his house and setting in the chair and we would watch TV and eat popcorn out of a wooden bowl. He had a horse that I remember she bit me and I scream and he thought she hurt me really bad but it wasn’t that bad. Uncle Don was more like a grandpa to me cause I never had one, I loved him so much. He always had a different nickname for me every time I seen him. He will always be in my heart and never forgotten.

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Biography

Billy Don Collins of Nacogdoches passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at his home at the age of 69. He was born August 30, 1951, in Nacogdoches to parents John Olind Collins and Lillie Ray (Norton) Collins.

Don graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1969 where he met the love of his life, Debbie Rogers. They were married December 19, 1970 in Nacogdoches. He worked at the Ford and John Deere Tractor stores before opening his own business, E-Tex Hydraulic Supply in February 1981. In February of 2000, he closed the shop to help take care of his parents and raise cattle.

God blessed him with three beautiful daughters, three wonderful sons-in-law, and 6 amazing grandchildren that he loved more than life itself. His foster son Scott and his family have been a blessing to him for the past five years. Don served as a Deacon at Gravel Ridge Baptist Church where he also led the music. He loved working with the youth and senior citizens.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, John & Ruthie (Pitts) Collins; and maternal grandparents, Minor & Sula (Cooper) Norton.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Deborah (Rogers) Collins; children, Donna Collins-McMillen and husband Adam of Tucson, Arizona, Heather Hoffman and husband Lonnie of Nacogdoches, and Shelley Fuller and husband Gene of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Levi Hoffman, Hunter Hoffman, Luke Hoffman, Hudson Hoffman, Khloe Fuller, and Kaley Fuller, all of Nacogdoches; foster son, Scott Hill and wife Avis of Lufkin; and foster grandchildren, Ian Hill, Wynter Hill, and Saxon Hill, all of Lufkin.

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