May 12, 2016
STARKVILLE — Ernest Eugene “Gene” Collins, 87, died May 10, 2016, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville with the Rev. Russell Mord officiating. Burial will follow in Sturgis Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to services at the funeral home. Mr. Collins was previously employed in construction and was a member of Sturgis Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Martha Sue Leach Collins of Starkville; daughters, Susan Hunt of Louisville, Nancy Wolf of Florida, Susan Pollard of Alabama, and Linda Collins of Starkville; son, Phillip Collins of Starkville; sister, Clara Bell Land of Winona; brother, Garland Collins of Winona; ten grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Sturgis Cemetery Fund, Sturgis Town Hall, 3851 MS Hwy. 12, Sturgis, MS 39769.