Coba O. Collins was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee on October 31, 1917. She was the daughter of the late Robert Matthew Collins and Hulda (Tolliver) Collins. Coba was 93 years old at the time of her passing. She had been a patient at the Hospice, Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. Coba grew up working the family farm and she married in 1934 at the age of 16 to Foister Keck. From this union came the birth of four children: Gene, L.M., Billy Ray, and Betty. The family moved to Michigan in 1948. Coba supported her family as a Nurse's Aide. She was employed from 1965 until her retirement in 1987 by Mercy Memorial Hospital. For more than fifty years Coba was a faithful member of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, her passing was preceded by a son: Billy Ray Keck; a daughter-in-law: Jean Keck; a brother: Conda Collins; and a great-great grandson: Gary A. Keck. To cherish her memory Coba leaves three children: Eugene, (Gene) Keck of Monroe, L.M. (Faye) Keck of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Betty Keck of Monroe; two brothers: Robert Matthew (Hilda) Collins of Port Clinton, Ohio, and Raymond (Ann) Collins of New Tazewell, Tennessee; a sister-in-law: Mae Collins of Morristown, Tennessee; five grandchildren: Roger, Mark, Mike, Kenny, and David Keck; nine great grandchildren: Ryan, Danny, Lucas, Chad, Kaitlyn, Eric, Damon, Chelsea, and Brittney; and five great-great grandchildren. Merkle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Services were held at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Roy Southerland officiated. Claiborne=Overholt Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Cole officiating in Tazewell, TN.
Coba was laid to rest in Fairview Memorial Cemetery, New Tazewell, TN.