Ronald Edward Collins
Ronald Edward Collins, 74, passed away Monday, April 24, 2018, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
He was born in Cherokee County, and the son of the late Lee and Laura Truitt Collins. Ronald went into the U.S. Air Force in May 1969. He worked with the U.S. Secret Service as a White House police officer serving under President Nixon and President Ford.
He retired from the U.S. Customs after more than 20 years. Ronald moved back home in 1999, built a garage and started working on boats and anything else that was broken. He never met a stranger and was an animal lover. Ronald was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Bill Collins; and one sister, Mary Jo Kilpatrick.
He is survived by his companion of 17 years, Shirley Roberson; one son, Allen Collins and wife Jackie; one daughter, Jeanette Collins; four grandsons, one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Marble Springs Baptist Church. Military rites were conducted by the VFW Post 10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post 96 and DAV Chapter 73, along with American Legion Post 532 of Hayesville and VFW Post 6812.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ASPCA for animals, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929, or to your local veterans organization.
You may send tributes to the Collins family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.