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CHARLES DANIEL COLLINS

October 30, 1928 June 18, 2013
CHARLES DANIEL COLLINS
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Obituary for CHARLES DANIEL COLLINS

Very quietly and peacefully on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom, mercy, and grace gently called our beloved Charles Daniel Collins, and he entered into his eternal rest. Charles lovingly known as “Charlie” or “Buck” was born October 30, 1928 in West River, Maryland. He was the fourth of eight children born to the late Reverend Samuel T. Collins and Edith L. Brown Collins. He was preceded in death by five of his siblings: Robert, Thomas, Joseph, Richard, and Mary. Charles and his siblings were raised on a farm in a loving home where prayer and the love of Jesus abounded. Scripture reading and family prayers were a normal practice before the Sunday morning breakfast. All were expected to attend Sunday School and regular church services at the home church, Chews Chapel, now known as Chews United Methodist Church in Harwood, MD. He accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age. Charles attended Mill Swamp Elementary School, subsequently graduating in 1946 from Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis, Maryland. He grew up as an avid sportsman. He played baseball and remained a fan of the game throughout adulthood. Charles loved hunting and fishing and would schedule some of his vacation days during the hunting seasons. He remained on the family farm where he raised farm animals and hunting dogs until his health began to fail. He was employed at the Eddie Leonard Sporting Goods Store in Annapolis, MD until his call to duty to the military in 1951. Charles served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He was honored as an outstanding soldier and ultimately received the “Purple Heart.” Upon returning to civilian life, he was employed by the U.S. Naval Academy, retiring in 1983 after 30 years of service. Charles possessed a special love for Christian music, which included gospels, hymns, Negro spirituals and anthems. He also loved quartet singing and became the lead singer and manager for the Golden Star Quintet, which was organized by his older brother Joseph. He served with the Golden Star Quintet faithfully for over 45 years, broadcasting and singing at churches in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia. It was during his extensive service with the Golden Star Quintet and Chews United Methodist Church that he received his calling to preach God’s word and was encouraged and supported by his pastor Rev. Leon Kess. He pursued studies at Anne Arundel Community College and The Wesleyan Seminary. Charles was excited about sharing God’s word and began preaching at various churches throughout the region. In 1980, he received his appointment as pastor to Ward’s Memorial United Methodist Church in Owings, MD, where he remained for thirteen years. Under his leadership, Rev. Collins united a fractured community through his outreach of love, encouragement and support to all. The congregation grew and flourished, breathing new life to existing programs such as bible study, choirs, and other ministries within the church. He developed additional ministries such as the Flower Circle and weekly counseling sessions for young adults with substance abuse problems. His love for the people of Ward’s Memorial and his love for God enriched the lives of the church and community. After his retirement in 1993, Charles continued to preach throughout the conference and was interim pastor for Sollers United Methodist Church in Lothian, MD. On September 5, 2005, Charles and his loving, faithful and supportive companion of many years, Lorraine Blandford were united in holy matrimony. He leaves his memory and a legacy of love to: a loving and devoted wife, Lorraine Blandford Collins, 4 children: Charles Jr., Theodora (Samuel), Lornette, and David; 5 grandchildren; Tia, Ashley, Alexis, Madeline, 2 great-grandchildren; Alyaha and Carter, a brother; Phillip Collins (Barbara), a sister Edith Pettigrew (George), 3 brothers in law; William Wilson, Charles Blandford (Burnette), Robert and Theodore Blandford and 4 sisters in law; Jerusha Proctor, Janatta Smith, Victoria and Joyce Blandford, nieces; Elsie Butler, Ardella Gay, Karen and Barbara Collins, Regina and Kathy Pettigrew, Shelly Gardeniers and Patricia Evans, nephews; Dr. Robert Collins, James Collins, Jr. and William Wilson, and a host of other relatives, church families and friends.

Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

26

Jun

6:00 PM 6/26/2013 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/26/2013 8:00:00 PM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Thursday

27

Jun

1:30 PM 6/27/2013 1:30:00 PM - 2:30 PM 6/27/2013 2:30:00 PM
Chesapeake Christian Fellowship

377 W. Central Avenue
Davidsonville, MD 21035

Chesapeake Christian Fellowship
377 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville 21035 MD
United States

Service

Thursday

27

Jun

2:30 PM 6/27/2013 2:30:00 PM
Chesapeake Christian Fellowship

377 W. Central Avenue
Davidsonville, MD 21035

Chesapeake Christian Fellowship
377 W. Central Avenue Davidsonville 21035 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Chews Memorial UM Church Final Resting Place

492 Owensville Road
Harwood, MD 20776

492 Owensville Road Harwood 20776 MD
United States
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