Clarence W. Collins


Clarksburg Exponent., April 9, 1965, pg. 12

Clarence W. Collins, 65, of Sanford, Fla., formerly of Clarksburg, died Monday at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 28, 1899, at Dotham, Ala.

Surviving are his wife, Lula Calvin Collins; six daughters, Mrs. Ophelia Bailey, Mrs. Dorothy Lee Barnett and Mrs. Jean Blassingme, all of Stonewood, Mrs. Thelma Scott of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Betty Parker of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Mary Davis of Hollis, N. Y.; two sons, Clarence W. Collins Jr., with the U. S. Army in Germany, and Charles W. Collins of Stonewood; three brothers, Bennie Collins of Sanford, Oscar Lee Collins of Birmingham, Ala., and Nathaniel Collins of Geneva, N. Y.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Atkins of Sanford; and 26 grandchildren.

Mr. Collins was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and the United Mine Workers of America.

The body is being returned to Clarksburg for burial.

Clarence Collins

The following information comes from a recent Cemetery Investigation performed by Horizon Research Consultants, Inc., under contract to XTO Energy, an Exxon-Mobil Subsidiary. The objective for this investigation was to provide the most comprehensive complete list of individuals that are interred at The Fraternal Memorial Park Cemetery located on Woodson Avenue in Anmoore, WV. A total of 182 individuals were identified and confirmed as being buried in the cemetery.

Map of Winston County, Alabama

Clarence was born October 1899 in Houston, Alabama.

He was the son of Isaac and Elsie Collins.

He married on November 15, 1921 to Lula Calvin in Harrison County, WV whom also was born in Alabama (West Virginia Department of Arts, Marriage Records Search Results, 2018).

Flossie Lee Collins Death Certificate

They had six daughters and two sons. One daughter, Flossie Lee Collins, preceded Clarence in death at the age of seven and is also buried with her father in The Fraternal Memorial Park Cemetery.

Clarence was a West Virginia Private in the US Army during World War I.

Clarence worked for the Byron Coal Company as a coal miner and died on April 5, 1962.

Clarence Collins was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and the United Mine workers (Clarksburg Exponent, 1965).

Clarence also registered in February 19, 1942 during World War II.

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