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Annie Bell Collins, 97, of Farmington, departed this life on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Fairmont Regional Medical Center surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
She was born in Wake Forest, North Carolina on Sept. 21, 1920, a daughter of the late Benjamin Horton and Pearl (Spivey) Horton.
Annie was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a proud graduate of Dunbar High School and a faithful member of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. She tutored, mentored and was a confidant to the youth and adults of her community. She loved people and was the real deal, (what you see is what you get), and generally what you got was unconditional love and the truth.
In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, Marzell T. Collins Sr.; two sons, Clarence B. "Chicken" Collins Sr. and Marzell T. Collins Jr.; a granddaughter, DeEtta K. Clark; a son-in-law, Edward R. Black; and three brothers, Thermon Horton Sr., Vernon Horton and LeRoy Horton.
Mrs. Collins is survived by a son, Rodney Collins of Fairmont; six daughters and their spouses, Martha and Joseph Smith of Beckley, Ernestine Chambers of Fairmont, Etta and Jerome Hickerson of Fairmont, Carolyn Black of Fairmont, Joyce and Miller Hall of Beckley, Vickie Collins of Alexandria, Virginia; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and a host of friends and neighbors.
Friends and family will be received from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday at Morning Star Baptist Church, 100 McKinney Street, Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the church with Rev. Wesley Dobbs officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Collins Family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on January 30, 2018
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