Tuesday, July 01, 2014

class mate dies

Obituary for Harold Carroll Collins
Harold Carroll Collins, age 76 of Green Forest entered into eternal life with his Savior on June 28, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family. 
Harold was born April 1, 1938 in Connor, AR to Henry and Ruth Collins. He attended one-room schools at both Conner and Rule, and graduated from Green Forest High School in 1957. He was industrious from an early age, building a herd of cattle well before high school graduation. He married his high school sweetheart, Maxine Collins on April 15, 1957 and they were lovers, friends and business partners for 57 years. At age 19 he applied for and received a FHA loan, having to obtain a court order to remove his age minority status in order to start his Grade C dairy. He was known for his hard and diligent work ethic, and along with Maxine worked hard to grow and improve his Grade A dairy to one of the largest in the state at one time. He loved his calling as a farmer, and worked right up to the end of his life, even while suffering the effects of lung cancer. He and Maxine received many awards throughout the years, including twice being named as State Farm Family of the Year.
Harold was instrumental in forming and mentoring organizations to utilize and improve farming methods. He was also active in his community, winning many elections to serve on the Carroll Boone Water District for over 35 years. In his first election, he carried every precinct in the county; a testament to his reputation for honesty and fair business practice. He served over 50 years on the Rule Cemetery Association.
He was a student throughout his life of history, and was an expert in knowledge of the Civil War. He loved to read and learn all throughout his life. He loved his God, and accepted Christ as his Savior while in his 20’s. He was a member, deacon, past Sunday School Superintendent and Song Leader at Rule United Baptist church for almost 50 years.

1 comment:

Sister--Three said...

Hey, don't get any ideas about going to a reunion with him! Your work on earth is not completed.