Walter Neal Collins, 91

Funeral services for Walter Neal Collins, 91, of West Plains, were held Sept. 29, 2019, at the Ball Church of Christ south of Dora. Mr. Collins died Sept. 26 at his home. 

He was born July 6, 1928, in Pottersville, the son of Walter and Flossie Paul Collins. On March 14, 1953, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, he married Juanita Wanda Hambelton. Mr. Collins was an Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. He had been employed at Southwest Truck Body, now known as DRS, and West Plains Bridge and Grading and had also been a farmer for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and yardwork.  He was a member of the Church of Christ and attended the Gospel Hill Church of Christ.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Collins and wife Connie, and Bradley Collins and wife Mary; one daughter-in-law, Renee Collins; eight grandchildren, Brandy Howell, Tracy Lovan and husband Kelly, Matthew Collins, Matt Collins, Jessica Leroy and husband Dylan, Nolan Collins and special friend Shayla, Dakota Collins and special friend Krimson, and Casey Collins; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ina Bird; five sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Hambelton, Helen Collins, Alice Collins, Bonnie June Wallace and Joan Nash; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, who died July 21, 2015; one son, Timothy Collins; one great-grandson, Brayden Collins; four brothers, Earl Collins, Hollis Collins, James “Shorty” Collins and Donald Collins; and two sisters, Maxine Johnson and Darlene Osborn.

Burial was in the Ball Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ball Cemetery and can be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, directors.

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