James Elmer Collins, 78, of Murphy, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at his residence.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County. James was the son of the late Elmer and Jean Haney Collins.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. James worked for Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He received recognition for fabricating the silent propellers for the Sea Wolfe U.S. Submarine.
James was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a MOPAR enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife, Melba Collins; daughters, Debbie Collins Smith and husband Mickey of Murphy, and Terri Collins Cobb and husband Mike of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; sister, Nola Hemphill of Blairsville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Cameron Smith and wife Nicole of Ball Ground, Ga., Ben Smith of Murphy, and Joshua, Hannah and Daniel Cobb of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Reagan and Paige Smith.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Mount Liberty Baptist Church. The Rev. Zach Orton officiated.
The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Mount Liberty Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mount Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund, 1700 Old Murphy Road, Murphy, NC 28906.
You may send tributes to the Collins family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.