Alvin Laverne Collins, age 70, of Lamar, Missouri died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his home after a battle with cancer.

     Alvin was born November 29, 1948 in Lamar, Missouri to Chester Howard Collins and Ruth Naomi (Rackley) Collins. He was raised in the Newport area and had also lived in Irwin and Iantha. Alvin started working at O’Sullivan Industries in April 1967 and worked until November 1969, when he began to serve in the United States Army, stationed in Germany, and had an honorable discharge in 1971 as an E5.

     On September 4, 1970, he married Melva McMurray and together they raised two daughters. After getting out of the Army, he went back to work at O’Sullivan Industries working in the Sample Shop as a foreman, retiring in 2001. He then worked for Abba Electric in Nevada, Missouri as an electrician apprentice until he had to quit, because of his health.

     Alvin was a Baptist and was baptized May 13, 1986 at the Church of Christ, thanks to a friend, Lynn Nehr. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking, until the death of his brother-in-law, Bob Aldridge and a nephew Tom McWilliams.

     Alvin leaves behind his wife Melva Collins; two daughters, Docinda “Dody” (Dan) Riley, Lamar, Missouri and Stacy Collins, Nevada, Missouri; three sisters, LaNita Aldridge, Mitchell, South Dakota, Carol (Bob) Long, Webb City, Missouri, and Wanda Holcomb, Bentonville, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Kricket (Blake) Sprouls, Zoey Ball, Jerica Collins, Jerimia Collins, John Michael Collins, Skyler Riley and Danielle Riley.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Jerry Allen, a brother-in-law, Bob Aldridge, and a nephew, Tom McWilliams.

     Funeral service will be 10:00 am, January 15, 2019 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow in Newport Cemetery.

     Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 pm Monday, January 14, 2019 at the funeral home.

     Contributions are suggested to Alvin Collins’ Family in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


May it bring you peace and comfort to know that at this time of sorrow, God is there with you. With sincere sympathy...Stella Rector Mabee ( Francis Harrison's daughter)
#10 Nevada MissouriRosemary Thompson 2019-01-14 16:59
I am so very sorry to hear of Alvin's passing. Sincere thoughts and prayers for the family.
#9 Lamar, MoCarolyn Gastel 2019-01-13 16:02
Dody and family and LaNita, So sorry for your loss but know he is in a better place and at peace.
#8 Lamar moLillie carter 2019-01-12 23:26
Really big hugs to the family and friends . My thoughts and prayers ar with you . Try to remember the awesome time and all the good time .
#7 LOCKWOOD, MOEldon Harrison, Jr 2019-01-12 18:35
A note of sympathy with heartfelt thoughts for you and your family. May your strength give you the patience in this time of loss. - fellow co-worker
Eldon Harrison, Jr.
#6 Carthage, MOJeanie Harrison 2019-01-12 13:15
My sincere sympathy to Alvin's family. He still has the same smile as he did when I met him many years ago. I remember him at the skating rink in Kamar. Always full of life and he cared a great deal for his family. Rest in peace Alvin. You will be missed by your family and numerous friends.
#5 LamarMary 2019-01-12 03:07
I met this family when my boyfriend (husband) took me to their house for family dinner. I couldn’t of asked for a kinder giving people. Alvin always said hello, always asked how your doing. Melva was the other half to his world and she will miss him terrible. I know he is fishing with Tom right now both pain free and kicking back watching the sun set or rise.
#4 Lamar, MoAndrew Crockett 2019-01-12 01:06
My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of mourning!
#3 Forest Hill, MDWanda Celgin family 2019-01-12 00:27
Aunt Melva, Dody and Stacy,

Please know we are thinking of you and love you bunches. We will miss Uncle Alvin, but know he is at peace.

Love you,
Wanda, Craig, Alicia, Clay & Craig
#2 Golden City, MOAnna Brewer 2019-01-11 20:11
Praying for family and friends. May God's arms be wrapped around you at this very sad time. Love you all.

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