On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Doris Nash Collins left her earthly home and arrived at her heavenly home. There she was greeted by her husband of 64 years, Garland Collins, who she had missed tremendously since his passing in November 2018.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge of the services. Visitation will be at Oliver Funeral Home on Saturday, May 15 from 9 am until service time at 11:00, which will be in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be conducted by Rev. Ed McDaniel and Rev. Tracy Putnam, with music provided by Betty Love. Burial will follow in the Winona Garden of Memory.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Robertson, Ed Golding, Lawrence Braswell, Jacob Golding, Troy Mitchell and Brandon McIntyre. Honorary pallbearers will be R.B. King, John Killebrew, Marshall Bennett, Percy Corder, Elbert Land, Jr., and Terry Corley.
Ms. Doris, as she was known to many, was the last of four children born to Amy Ellen Wood Nash and Archie C. Nash, Sr. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents and her siblings; Delma Morman, Archie Nash, Jr., and John Nash.
She was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Binford High School in Duck Hill, MS. She and Mr. Garland were early members of the North Winona Baptist Church where she was a dedicated choir member for many years. She was also a proud member of a group of ladies that was dubbed ‘The Lodi Ladies’. They were always involved in the fall carnival funding raising for Winona Academy, now known as Winona Christian School.
When most women reach middle age, they tend to slow down a bit – that was not true of Ms. Doris. She began attending college, taking classes in nursing. She went on to become and EMT with Tyler Holmes Hospital. Not slowing down, she would become a home health nurse with Sta-Home Health & Hospice. In 2009, she received the Vicki Edwards HHA SuperStar Award, a state-wide award. She loved those that she cared for and her patients (and their families) loved her in return.
Ms. Doris is survived by her two daughters and their husbands – Karen and Pete Deavenport and Cathy and Robert Bland; two grandchildren – Toby Gaskin (Jessica) and Victoria Chambliss (Zach); three great grandchildren – Oliver, Annalise and Theodore Gaskin; her special sister-in law, Mrs. Clara Land; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Winona Baptist, 602 Alberta Drive, Winona, MS 38967.
Her girls say it best – “We are so grateful to have had such Christian parents and to have the assurance that we will see them again one sweet day.”