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1942 obit for Alabama Horton Collins
Posted by: Nita (ID *****6995) Date: June 20, 2011 at 12:05:24
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The Waurika News Democrat
Waurika, Jefferson County, Oklahoma

Friday, July 10, 1942

Grandmother Collins
Grandmother Collins, a little old lady who had known life here for almost a century, joined the caravan of her pioneer friends late Sunday night… Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church by Rev. G. LYLE SMITH, a close friend whose birthday was on the same day as Grandmother Collins and observed the date with her, assisted by Rev. W. A. MCCONNELL and Rev. ALBERT MCCLELLAN. Interment was in the Waurika cemetery. ALABAMA HORTON was born Dec. 5, 1847 in DeKalb County, Alabama, daughter of ‘Uncle PRESTON and Aunt BETSY’ HORTON whose sons and daughters number 16, 14 growing to maturity. From this remarkable large family, to survive the passing of their sister are: Mrs. MARTHA SELLERS age 99, and Mrs. PARLIE JONES, 98, both of Arizona, Mrs. IDA SMITH, 85, of Oak Grove, Alabama, Mrs. DOUG COLEMAN, age 83, of Fort Payne, Alabama, GRIFFIN HORTON, age 78 and JOHN HORTON, age 75, of Porterville, Alabama. She grew up on her parents’ plantation and on June 28, 1866, she was united in marriage with A. G. COLLINS at Oak Grove, Alabama. They began married life with little except her dowry, a great deal of ambition, and a desire to succeed. … She had a badly crippled hand sustained when the sorghum mill jammed and none of the help knew anything except yell for Miss Bama. She released it but her hand was permanently injured. The Collins were blessed with 11 children: EDWIN who died when 10 days old, ADA and RHODA who died ages 4 and 5 within a week of each other, ROBERT who died at 22 while a medical student; surviving sons and daughters are Mrs. GEORGIA DOSS, Mrs. LILLIE MAY, Dr. D. B. COLLINS, Mrs. BIRDIE HODGE, A. G. COLLINS, JOHN COLLINS and Mrs. BELLE SECKMAN, all of whom miss their mother greatly. There are 25 living grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, PHILIP DEAN and HAROLD GENE TOTTY of Ryan. In 1903 the Collins family left Alabama and came to Sugden, then to Big Pasture at its opening, then to New Mexico, then back to Jefferson County where they became land owners, farmers and stockmen. In later years Mr. and Mrs. Collins moved to Waurika and built a home next to their son, Dr. D. B. COLLINS, whose special charge they were until Mr. Collins died Dec. 22, 1932. On Dec. 1, 1934, Grandmother Collins told Dr. Collins told she wanted to move to the Waurika hospital and since that time she has lived there. …

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