Ila Dean (Nelson) Collins
August 11, 1933 – August 26, 2019
ILa Dean Nelson Collins, age 86, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019.
She was born in Elkmont, Alabama on August 11, 1933. She was a retired insurance agent from Carr & Erwin Funeral Home and a member of The Well Church of God. Preceding her in death are her parents, John L. and Lillian Rebecca Eaton Nelson, her husband, Richard Collins, her 2 brothers, Morris Nelson and Dennie Wayne Nelson, and her grandson, Cory Beavers.
She is survived by her sons, Stan Smith and wife Barbara of Lynnville, TN, Phillip Smith of Franklin, TN, her daughter, Sheila Hastings of Lynnville, TN, her step-son, Danny Collins and wife Debbie of Columbia, TN, her brother, David Nelson and wife Ruth of Harvest, AL, her sister, Martha Ann McCauthrn of Decatur, AL, 7 of her grandchildren, and 13 of her great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Carr & Erwin Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will follow the visitation at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Carr & Erwin Funeral Home with the burial to follow in Giles Memory Gardens.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Well Church of God: 1832 Kay Drive, Pulaski, TN 38478.
Carr & Erwin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
- Visitation Wednesday, August 28, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Ila Dean (Nelson) Collins
August 27, 2019
First of all, there are too many to name. Aunt Dean, you were always there for my family in the good and bad times. Though you're my Aunt by marriage, I knew you as a woman of great personal integrity, whose heart was as big as the universe. I may not have always agreed with you, but I have and always will admired you. Rest in Paradise...Until we meet again!
August 26, 2019
This sweet lady treated me as her own as a child and played such a special role in my early and continuing faith. She made sure I got to church every single time I wanted to, which was almost every service at Shoal Street Church of God until I could drive myself. She also introduced me to one of my sweetest early childhood friends, Brandi. I’ll never forget your cornbread, all the pretty things in your home, your friendship with my grandmother Maree Kotts and Ms. Louise, the unique butterfly pins on the back of your shoulder every Sunday, time spent visiting with you before moving away, and seeing you at my wedding after so many years. Thank you “Nanny” for loving me and for all the memories that I’ll always hold near and dear to my heart. ❤️ 🦋