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 Thomas C “Tom” Collins, Sr

Thomas C “Tom” Collins, Sr

Corbin, Whitley County, Kentucky, USA
Death 24 Sep 1985 (aged 76)
Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Burial Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 64431860 · View Source
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Tom was the middle child of 19: all born in and around London Ky.

Son of Jackson and Elizabeth TUTTLE- COLLINS from the same place.

Tom Married Mary Marie Lay Dec 1927.

Tom and Mary has 11 children: Thomas Jr., James, Aaron, William, Roy, Jack, Matt, albert (he shot and killed my dad, Thomas Jr.),Panzy, Polly , Maggie.

Grandpa of 27
step grandpa to 1 sherry(Roy's step daughter)

Grandpa had a hard life growing up in the hills of Corbin ,Ky. you either worked in the coal mines, rail roads, or ran shine.

When grandpa was young and working for the rail road down in Corbin, he lost his left eye to a spike. As a child I can remember him taking his blue glass eye out and rubbing the dust off it. It would scair us kids...

Well in the later 40's grandpa was gut shot by his wife's uncle (ben egner) it was then he decided if he lives, to leave the hills and head north to Indianapolis, Indiana. It took time, grandpa did recover, and he did take his family out of the hills of Kentucky to make a better life for them and him. Only trouble was you can take the man out of the mountains, but you can not always take the mountain ways out of the man! And that was so true with his family. In and out of trouble, shootings, killings, beatings, drinking. It just was not good to be around them.

Grandpa like I said was the middle child of 19. 2 of his brothers got into it and grandpa seen 1 kill the other, and afew more killings in the family by the family. But nothing like all the killings on his wife Mary's side of the family. It was awful and there were many. I think that's why Dad's mom was the way she was and how she taught her kids...

Grandpa loved to watched his fights on tv. Oh he believed every move Dick the brusier made was real. He and dad would go around and around over that show every weekend. it was so funny. Grandpa loved to tell stories also.

I remember him living at 225 South Kentucky Street for like 25 years+. He mowed yards in the summer time. He never learned how to drive a car. He walked everywhere.

The last time I seen grandpa alive was on a Sunday late Aug. 1985. A couple of weeks before he died. He was in the Indianapolis hospital and he called me, and said " Kathy honey, I decided not to have the heart operation, and so it will be just a couple of months at the longest I have to live. I want you to come see me next Sun. I have something for you. Call and make sure I am home from here, but I think I will be." So i went to Plainfield to see him, he had a box full of pictures he gave me, he knew I loved to dig into the family history. I got all I wanted,I was so touched, he told me story's about our family in the pictures. How there was shooting at his dad's grave site funeral, the story behind it and so on. well a few hours past, and it was time for me to go. I knew it would be the last time I ever seen him alive and he too knew it. We stepped out side and talked in privet. His wife Mary was in the bedroom the whole time I was there with him in the living room. She and I did not get along, I could not stand her. I called her Mary instead of grandma. So while outside he ask, is there anything you want to know, thats when I ask him about why he never left her, blah blah, and grandpa hugged me and kissed my cheek, I cried, and whispered in his ear, tell dad I miss and love him when you see him. And to stay out of trouble. Grandpa laughed.It was a hot day and so I left after I had a cousin take a picture of grandpa and myself along with my oldest son. As I drove home I had a broken heart that day. For i knew that was the last time I would see him alive. His funeral was sad and I am glad I went to see him.

My Grandpa was an awesome grandpa xo

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  • Created by: Kathy Collins Rouse Winks
  • Added: 19 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64431860
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas C “Tom” Collins, Sr (7 Mar 1909–24 Sep 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64431860, citing Danville South Cemetery, Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Collins Rouse Winks (contributor 47414547) .