Nannie Troy <I>Rives</I> Collins

Nannie Troy Rives Collins

Chatham County, North Carolina, USA
Death 31 May 1933 (aged 64)
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section F, Lot 24
Memorial ID 19484721 · View Source
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Born June 10th, 1868, in Chatham County, N.C. She is the daughter of B.F. and Mary Marsh Rives.

When 13 years old moved to Iredell County, N.C., near Statesville, where she lived until 19 years old. At the age of 19 moved with her family to Asheville, where she lived since.

Married in 1890 to Nicholas Arrington Collins. She joined the Methodist Church when a young girl and had been a consistent member. Since living in Asheville had been a member of Riverview, North Asheville, Central and West Asheville churches.

She died unexpectedly at noon Wednesday, May 31, 1933.
She was survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. L.J. Brookshire, Mrs. Furman H. Rymer; three sons, Hugh A. Collins, Robert C, and Nick E. Collins; four sisters, Mrs. Warren Watts of Montclair, N.J., Mrs. E.M. Edwards, Mrs. Mayme Frank, and Mrs. Edna Duke of Washington, D. C.; three bothers, Walter Rives of Candler, Henry Rives of New York, and Rev. J.J. Rives, a Methodist pastor in Washington.

She had been a very active woman all her life, not only in making a home, but in church and community life. She loved the outdoors, and took much pleasure in growing flowers. She loved all classes and ages of people, and wherever she lived she numbered all neighbors and acquaintances as her friends. She was an interesting conversationalist, and enjoyed the visits of her friends.

She had known the sorrows of life as well as the joys. She has lost five babies in the early years of their lives. In recent years when financial reverses had come she had adjusted herself to them, and had continued to be a source of comfort and encouragement to her husband and family. Not less that two months ago her mother was buried here. Her mother had spent a great part of the last years of her life with Mrs. Collins, and her devotion and ministry and care for her mother was a thing of beauty, even though her own strength was limited. Her disposition sweetened with years. She loved everyone, and the things she had to say of others were at all times kind arid loving, and we believe that she harbored no hard thought of any one.

She denied herself to help her husband and children and grand children: but her ministry of love did not stop with her family, for especially in recent years when there has been so much need around her, she has every day contributed the necessities of life to those around her, who were less fortunate than she, and she never failed to respond to the need in sickness or troubleof those whom she knew.

In the passing of Mrs. Collins our church and community has lost a noble woman. The greatest thing in the world is a fine Christian woman, and Mrs. Collins possessed all of these qualities. She has left a wonderful heritage, and her works shall abide.

I am sure that her husband, children, and grandchildren are submissive to the Will of God. We cannot call her back, but we can go to her. Let us apply the noble traits of character in her life to our own and profit by them.

As her pastor for more than a year and a half, it was my privilege to become personally acquainted with the members of her family. The first home that I entered when I came to the West Asheville Methodist Church as pastor, was one of her daughters. I cannot find words to express my appreciation of what the children of Mrs. Collins have meant to me in loyalty and devotion as I have tried to work as their pastor in this community.

May the blessings of our Heavenly Father sustain the husband, children and relatives in their deep sorrow. Let us remember that if we are faithful we will have the privilege of meeting our loved ones in the great beyond.

Eulogy given by
Carlock Hawk, Pastor
West Asheville M. E. Church

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