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Ron Collins (#14149965)
 member for 17 years, 2 months, 6 days
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Bio Photo I was born in Vaiden, MS, on Dec. 31, 1954 to Alf Trotter Collins and Juanita Hambrick Collins.

I lived in Vaiden, MS until 1979, Winona, MS until 1981, when I moved to Jackson, MS. In 1990, I moved to Florence, MS, where I still reside.

I have two wonderful sons, Sean and Cody, and I worked as a Level 2 Computer Field Technician for AmSouth Bank, In-House Technician for Trustmark Bank and Field Technician for CompuCom servicing 10 Lowe's stores in Mississippi.

I have an A.A. Degree in Pre-Law; a B.S. Degree in History with a Minor in English; and a Master of Social Sciences with an emphasis in History.

I have written and maintain 240+ web pages, including listings of the burials in the Vaiden Mississippi Cemetery (White) and the Vaiden Community Cemetery (African-American).

So far, my family history has been traced back to my 14th Generation Grandfather, John Collins I, who was the keeper of the Gael (prison) for King Charles I of England (son of James I - of the King James Bible fame). Other relatives include another King (Elvis).

Other hobbies include motorcycles, making music as a drummer, historical research, adding entries to Find-a-Grave (since 08/11/2000), and watching and collecting DVDs.


How To Write An Obituary

Remember me as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.

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Donnie Gayle Lay
RE: FAG Mem # 105885709
Ron, I couldn't find a memorial for my Mom, Elizabeth, either, but I figured that there was not one set up yet as she had just been placed in Lakewood Jackson on 7-11-17. I am a new member of Find A Grave and don't have a good understanding of how things work. It appears that the memorials I've found were created by nice volunteers like you and not family members. Is this correct? What does it entail for you to create one for my Mom? If it's not too much trouble, I would be pleased for you to do so. If you need information, let me know. Her marker is on order and will be installed at a later date. Many thanks for adding my Mom's name to her sister's memorial.
Bless you,
Added by Donnie Gayle Lay on Oct 15, 2017 7:05 PM
Donnie Gayle Lay
FAG Mem # 105885709
If possible. please add Dorothy Gene Burkes' sister's name to her memorial: Elizabeth Burkes Lay, 5/28/1926 -- 7/6/2017.
Thank you very much for all you do!
Donnie Gayle Lay (Dorothy's niece/Elizabeth's daughter)
Added by Donnie Gayle Lay on Oct 15, 2017 1:01 AM
RE: Loa Bender
You are very welcome. I just now typed up and posted her obituary, in case that is of interest to you.
Added by Sue on Oct 13, 2017 8:05 AM
Pat In Mississippi
Mem # 40737811 & Mem #40737757
Information on their children is incomplete. Missing children are Jesse, Lucille, Lola and Bessie Lee Braswell Hill Davidson. Check out the 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses for Walter Braswell in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas. I do not know anything about Jesse, Lucille and Lola, but I knew Bessie (I called her Mrs. Davidson.) and was best friends in high school with her daughter, Sylvia Ann Davidson Milton, who is buried in the same cemetery. I attended visitation when Sylvia's grandfather (Bessie's father) died. I have edited relationships on Bessie's and Sylvia's memorials. Please accept.
Added by Pat In Mississippi on Oct 01, 2017 6:54 PM
Glen Foster
Josephine "Josie" Collins
Josie has been FOUND!!!

It has taken 19 months, but today I can say I have solved the mystery of Josie Collins. Josie Collins, daughter of John Franklin and Mary Sellars Collins married H.H. Famer in Carroll County, MS in 1911. They had two sons, Millard and Herman. H.H. Farmer died in 1914 and Josie remarried George W. Smith. The lived in Bolivar County, MS by the 1920 census. They had 2 daughters, Vera Estelle and Opal Smith. Josie died 23Jan1923 and is buried in Shaw, Bolivar County, MS. George W. Smith moved to Arkansas during the 1927 MS River Flood.

Vera Estelle Smith married Robert Franklin Wolfe in Phillips County, Arkansas in 1935. They had 6 children, two of which are still living today. Opal Smith married Leo Balden and they had at least one child. One of Vera Estelle Smith Wolfe daughters confirmed today that her mother had two brothers that they were separated from during the 1927 flood and that they had never been able to contact them.

Thanks to all who has assisted me as I have searched for Josie. That would include the Farmers, Collins, Smiths, Sellars, Blaylocks, Bennetts and so many more friends from and Find A Grave.

My wife gained two new cousins today, but more important we brought closure to a missing family member.

Glen Foster
Added by Glen Foster on Sep 19, 2017 6:03 PM
Debbie O
RE: Transfer of profile
Thanks so much, Ron!
Added by Debbie O on Sep 16, 2017 1:34 AM
Ima Glaze
Anne "Mrs. Wilds" King Wilds Collins Murre
Many thanks for completing the edits for this lady. I appreciate you sharing your time and talents with the Find A Grave community.
Added by Ima Glaze on Sep 15, 2017 9:07 AM
Glen Nalley
Jackson Family Cemetery
Ron, Does anyone have a location of this Cemetery? I can't seem to locate it...
Added by Glen Nalley on Sep 12, 2017 6:34 PM
Glen Nalley
Flower Family
Ron, We walked Vaiden Cemetery twice Sunday, failed to find any of the Fowler family...any suggestions?
Added by Glen Nalley on Sep 12, 2017 6:31 PM
Nancy Burr
Donald Bender
I noticed the obituary you added speaks of graveside services so I am wondering if part of his ashes were buried in Sandtown Cemetry and part in Memory Gardens in Iowa City. I do not know the family personally so I don't know how one would find out.
Added by Nancy Burr on Sep 12, 2017 7:17 AM
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