Mr. Wilson (Bud) Collins of the Turkey Creek Community died at 5:15 p.m. Friday evening August 9, 2019 at the St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville with his wife Ellen, son Chuck and daughter-in-law Connie at his bedside. He was admitted August 2nd following a head injury received in a fall at his Colllinswood Lane home. Mr. Collins was age 83.
Bro. Jeff Burton officiated at the 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon August 11th funeral services from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Smith Family Cemetery in the Smith Bend Community of Jackson County.
He was born Wilson Peace Collins in Elkmont in Limestone County, Alabama on November 11, 1935 and was the fourth of six children born to the late James Joe (J. J.) Collins Sr. who died June 14, 1952 at the age of 47 and Nannie Fuston Turner Collins who died July 31, 1987 at the age of 77.
Mr. Collins was preceded in death by three siblings, a sister, Jewell Collins Solomon and two brothers, J. R. Collins and James Joe Collins Jr.
At the Shelby Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville on February 19, 1966 he was united in marriage to Smith Bend Community native, the former Ellen Allen Smith.
Wilson and Ellen were former owners and operators of the Gladdice Convenience Market in the Gladdice Community.
Mr. Collins retired in 1997 as the department supervisor over mechanics for the Nashville Transit Authority.
He unselfishly served our country with the United States Navy in the Bay of Pigs during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Mr. Collins was a member of the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Hermitage.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Ellen, of over fifty three years are their two sons, Steve Collins and wife Lynn of Harker Heights, Texas, Chuck Collins and wife Connie of Mt. Juliet; two sisters, Katie Thomas of McMinnville, Mae Kelley of Prospect; three grandchildren, Andrew Collins, James Collins and Christian Collins.