Tahlequah Daily Press

April 3, 2013

Larry Dean Collins


TAHLEQUAH — Services for Larry Dean Collins will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 4, at the Hart Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charles Duvall officiating. Interment will follow in the Eureka Cemetery under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

An online guestbook is available at www.hartfuneralhome.net.

Larry Dean Collins, the son of Arville Albert and Thelma Leona (Spencer) Collins, was born Jan. 21, 1953, in Cherokee County, and departed this life on March 31, 2013, at his home in Hulbert, at the age of 60 years, two months and 10 days.

Larry was a Diesel mechanic by trade and worked for Mack trucks for many years. He enjoyed working on engines and doing the job of a mechanic and took great pride in his work. Larry enjoyed being outdoors whether he was fishing, grilling or just sitting in a chair with his coffee enjoying the weather. He loved to get together with his family and friends and spend time with all of them.  Larry enjoyed dancing and could cut a rug from time to time and could shoot a mean game a pool. He touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda Sue Collins; son, Todd Sharp; brothers, Arlie Collins and James Collins; and his sister, B.G. Collins; and nephew, Franklin White.

He is survived by a loving family which includes his wife, Diana Jolly-Collins of the home; his children, Kenneth Dean Collins of the home, Amber Coats of Tahlequah, Johnny Coats of Tulsa, Will Coats and Aimee Swenson of Tahlequah, Miranda Coats of Tahlequah, Wayne Sharp of Kansas, and Yvonne Sharp of Tulsa; brother, Arlis Collins and wife Christine of Tahlequah; sisters, Geneva Hall of Tahlequah and Mary Wise of Hulbert; and nine grandchildren. Many special nieces, nephews, other loved ones and friends also survive him.

Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.