Terry Ray Collins BERLIN — Terry Ray Collins, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was born Oct. 13, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Donald and Jacqueline (Vaughn) Collins. After his mother died when he was a young child, he was raised by his grandparents Bill and Sue Collins in Toccoa, Georgia. He graduated in 1975 from Stephens County High School in Toccoa. Mr. Collins married Cheryl Shwab in Northfield May 26, 1985. He made a career in the U.S. Navy and was deployed during the Gulf War and Desert Storm. He also earned an associate degree in engineering while serving. He received many ribbons and citations and was honorably discharged as a Chief Petty Officer in 1997 after 20 years of service. He then worked for Vermont Mechanical of Williston for 12 years and VHV in Winooski for several years. Mr. Collins was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tennessee. He enjoyed working on cars, NASCAR, fishing, country music, hunting, barbecue, gardening and playing cards. Survivors include his wife and two children Stephanie and Christopher Collins, all of Berlin; three siblings brother “Bud,” sister Janet, both of Toccoa, and sister Carol, of Greenville, South Carolina; one granddaughter; many nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. The funeral service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Ave., Northfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 VT Route 14, East Montpelier, VT 05651.

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