Joel Gray Collins

Published 5:49 pm Friday, May 11, 2012

Joel Gray Collins, 33, of Montgomery and formerly of Demopolis, died Sunday, May 6 at his home. Born July 19, 1978 in Demopolis to Ronald Scott Collins and Elsie Duncan Collins, he is survived by his mother, Elsie Duncan Collins of Demopolis, his father Scotty (Carol A.) Collins of Gallion, sister Andrea C. (Mark) Whaley of Greensboro and Beth (Rob) Fleming of Demopolis, brother Freeman Cole Collins of Gallion, niece Hannah Whale and nephews Alex Fleming, Ward Abrams and Will Abrams.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joel Gray Collins and Eva Nell Collins and Y.C. Duncan and Sallie Duncan and his sister, Leigh Ward Abrams and many other beloved family members.

Gray served his country proudly aboard the U.S.S. Nassau. He loved the Lord and was a member of the Church of the Highlands in Montgomery. He attended a neighborhood bible study with friends twice a week. He was the owner of Graystone Glass, making beautiful glass creations.

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Funeral services were Thursday, May 10 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Demopolis with the Reverends Carl Williams, Steve Vernon and Paul Whitcomb officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. Burial followed in Demopolis Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers included Jamey Champion, Kenny Freeman, Austin Graham, Tom Nettles, Kip Massey Andy Eddins and Ryan Burkhalter.