Royce Meredith “Rastus” Collins, 68, of Royal Drive, Pembroke, departed this life peacefully, Tuesday afternoon, April 5, 2011, at Lewis-Gale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg with his family at his side. He was retired from Celanese with thirty-three years service as a millwright-mechanic. He was a member of Castle Rock Lodge No 334 AF&AM in Pembroke and was of the Christian Faith. He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin H. and Janice Williams Collins, a sister JoAnn Day and brother-in-law David Gautier.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of forty-eight years, Phyllis Jones Collins; his two special sons Kevin Collins and his wife Laura, Jeff Collins and his wife Shelia; his two special grandchildren Hunter Collins and Kendra Collins and her fiancée Daniel Frazier ; his very special great-granddaughter Reagan; his sister Phyllis C. Gautier and his very special brother Marvin (Buddy) Collins.
At Royce’s request there will be no public visitation. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Kessinger Family Cemetery at Interior on Big Stony Creek with Pastor Eddie Kendall and Pastor Gary Poff officiating. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.