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PFC Alf Trotter Collins
Birth: May 22, 1913
Montgomery County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1964
Montgomery County
Mississippi, USA

Rites Sunday For 3rd Victim Of Accident

VAIDEN, Miss. (Special) -

Services for Alf Trotter Collins, 50, are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Vaiden Baptist Church with burial in Garden of Memory Cemetery in Winona, Lee Funeral Home in charge.

Collins died Friday in a Winona hospital from injuries received Thursday in an automobile accident on Highway 51 near Winona that claimed two other lives.

A native of Winona, he was employed by the J.A. Olson Picture Frame Company there.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Juanita Hambrick Collins; one son, Roney [sp] B. [sp] Collins, both of Vaiden; four brothers, Joe M., Nick, and L.T. Collins, all of Winona, and L.R. Collins of Grenada; and two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Mae Hays and Mrs. Susie Ellen Richards, both of Paducah, Ky.


PFC., US Army WW II, Marksman

50 years, 8 months, 2 days old at time of death

Alf Trotter Collins (05/22/1913 01/24/1964), was one of the eight children of Major Robert "Bob" Collins (01/15/1872 01/11/1945) and Erma Rodgers Collins (02/14/1878-10/04/1953) of Winona. Alf was killed in an automobile accident while enroute to work at the J.A. Olsen Company in Winona, MS. He was 50 years, 8 months, and 1 day old at his death. The Collins family included: Joe Marlow (12/31/1897 06/17/1966), Ladell Small (Dell) (10/05/1900 08/30/1949), Lottie Mae (02/05/1902 03/21/1997), Lattie Rodgers ("Doc") (04/28/1905 08/07/1977), Lay Turner (10/20/1907 02/28/1985), Nick Pegues (06/13/1910 02/07/1999), Alf Trotter (05/22/1913 01/24/1964), and Susie Ellen (11/27/1915 - 12/11/2007).

After receiving the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal, my father (Alf Trotter) was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946, where he served in the Military Police and was classified as Marksman, M-1 Rifle.

Alf married Juanita Elizabeth Hambrick (10/12/1920 - 07-01-2002) on March 11, 1953. They had one son, Ronnie Lee Collins.

Alf was employed by the J.A. Olsen Company in Winona for many years and was one of three involved in an automobile accident en-route to work on January 23, 1964. He died the next day. He was a devoted father and loved his family. He is missed every day, and every time my heart beats. Dad, I LOVE YOU.

"The other night dear, as I lay sleeping,
I dreamed I held you in my arms,
but when I woke dear, I was mistaken,
and I hung my head and cried.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
you make me happy when skies are gray,
you'll never know dear, how much I love you,
please don't take my sunshine away

Ronnie L. Collins


Greenwood Commonwealth, 01/23/1964 P.1

Two Killed In Crash At Winona

Two men were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 51 about three miles South of Winona this morning about 6:30 and four other men were admitted to the Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona for treatment.

Investigating officers said that a car occupied by Johnson Cook, about 42, Steven Downs, 60, Alf Collins, 60, and Avery Peeler, also 60, all of Vaiden and a feed truck driven by Travis O. Evans of Morton hit head on. The car then side-swiped a truck owned by Complete Auto Transit Incorporated driven by Billy Bassham of Jackson who was traveling behind the Evans truck. The truck driven by Evans ran off into a creek and Evans was pinned under the cab. The other truck hit the bridge abutment.

Killed in the accident were Cook and Downs, Bassham was treated for a knee injury and released. Collins, Peeler, and Evans are still in the hospital, said authorities.

[NOTE: The ages of the victims listed in the above newspaper article are incorrect: Downs was 50 y., 5 m., 16 d. old; Collins was 50 y., 8 m., 1 d. old; Peeler was 50 y., 1 m., 3 d. old; and Cooke was 42 y., 4 m., 11 d. old at the time of the accident.]


Alf Trotter Collins was born on 05/22/1913 in Winona, Montgomery Co., MS and died on 01/24/1964 in Montgomery Co., MS. Alf married JUANITA ELIZABETH HAMBRICK (Collins) (Rhine) (10/12/1920 07/01/2002) on 03/11/1952, and had one child, Ronnie Lee Collins (12/31/1954 - ).

Alf and Juanita are buried at the Winona Garden of Memory, Winona, Montgomery Co., MS

NOTE: For more of the history, of the Major Robert "Bob" and Erma Lou Collins' family, go to Collins-Hambrick History.


At Alf's birth, Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) was President and there were 48 States in the U.S.

At Alf's death, Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat) was President, and there were 50 States in the U.S.
Family links: 
  Major Robert Collins (1872 - 1945)
  Erma Lou Rodgers Collins (1878 - 1953)
  Juanita Elizabeth Hambrick [Collins] Rhine (1920 - 2002)*
  Joe Marlow Collins (1897 - 1966)*
  Ladell Small Collins (1900 - 1949)*
  Lottie Mae Collins [Dalton] [Hays] Robinson (1902 - 1997)*
  Lattie Rodgers Collins (1905 - 1977)*
  Lay Turner Collins (1907 - 1985)*
  Nick Pegues Collins (1910 - 1999)*
  Alf Trotter Collins (1913 - 1964)
  Susie Ellen Collins Richards (1915 - 2007)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: 50 years 8 months 2 days old at death.
Winona Garden of Memory
Montgomery County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
Record added: Jun 06, 2001
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PFC Alf Trotter Collins
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