Grace Locke Collins
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Grace Collins, 81, of Ramer, TN joined her beloved mother Birdie and her Savior Jesus in Heaven on October 12, 2021. She was born on November 6, 1939, to Erbie Locke, Sr. and Birdie Melton Locke. She graduated from Ramer High School, studied at Jackson State Community College and was a retired office manager for Dr. Wayne in Corinth.
Grace loved to entertain people, especially at her tiki hut in Lake Wales, Florida. She was extremely vivacious and outgoing and loved to travel. In her later years, her favorite thing to do was to go on cruises with her husband Vernon Collins. Grace loved to drive a convertible and ride her motorcycle.
As a military spouse, Grace was tremendously supportive of all service members, including many members of her family who served our country.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Erbie Locke, Jr., Herbert Locke, Dale Locke and niece Brenda Locke.
She leaves her husband of more than 35 years, Vernon Collins, and is survived by sons Mark (Denton Stargel) and Barry (Emily) Collins, nieces Kathy (Wes) Pearson, Dr. Bryan D. Locke, Jan (Robert) Sanford, Tony Locke, Donna (Jimmy) Horton, grandchildren Ryne (Heather) Collins, Tyler Collins, Briley (Andrew) Holmes, great grandchildren Scarlett and Madox Collins and Mack and Collins Holmes, great nieces, Erin (George) Baddour, Sarah Grace (Billy) Armenta, sister-in-Law Dorothy Locke, and the Collins family of Bruce, MS.
The visitation is Saturday, October 16th at Noon until 1:30 pm at Shackleford Funeral Home, 160 Cypress Avenue, Selmer, TN. A service will be held in Schackleford's chapel at 1:30 pm followed by burial at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 4905 Sulphur Springs Road, Selmer, TN.
Afterwards, a gathering and repast will take place at Ramer Baptist Church, 3899 Hwy 57, Ramer, TN.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dogwood Assisted Living in Corinth and Kare in Home Hospice. Memorials gifts may be sent to Chewalla Baptist Church, 190 Chewalla Street, Ramer, TN 38367 or the Air Force Sergeants Association, Airmen Memorial Building, 5211 Auth Road, Suitland, MD 20746.