Charles "C.B." and Collins

Obituary of Charles "C.B." and Collins

Charles Barnes “C.B.” Collins, 95, Point Isabel, died in his home at 5:10 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017.  His wife, Rachel Atlanta (Barker) Collins, joined him four days later on Thursday at 3:40 p.m., when she passed away in her home as well.  Theirs were two beautiful lives that were well-lived and well-loved.  Here is their story.

Born in Radley, Indiana, on November 21, 1921, to the late James and Dora (Peck) Collins, C.B. graduated from Swayzee High School in 1939.  It was on December 25, 1941, that he married his beautiful bride, Rachel Atlanta Barker.  C.B. enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Normandy Invasion (1942-1945).  He achieved the rank of PFC and received the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry medals, as well as two Bronze Stars.  Following his military service, C.B. was a farmer and a bus driver, but he was also a salesman for both DeKalb Seed Corn and DeVoe Chevrolet-Cadillac.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon, and the Indiana Pacers.

Born on May 14, 1922, Rachel was a lifetime resident of the Swayzee area and the daughter of the late Everett Orlando and Verdia Lorretta (Marshall) Barker.  After she and C.B. married, she stayed in the home and served her family faithfully throughout her life.  She was a fantastic cook and seamstress and was especially known for making doll dresses, quilts, and blankets.  In her later years, she took up the hobby of scrapbooking.  Outside her home, Rachel was a 4-H leader for ten years and a member of DAV Auxiliary.

C.B. and Rachel raised three daughters, Lorretta (Gene) Simpson, Lake Sechrist, Linda (William) Hannah, Point Isabel, and Charlotte (Larry) Thurman, Leo, and they were additionally blessed to have 7 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.  They wintered for 42 years in Bradenton, Florida, and enjoyed taking daily drives and going camping together.  C.B. and Rachel also enjoyed serving in their church at Sunnycrest Baptist but, most of all, they loved spending time with their families, especially their grandchildren.

Both were preceded in death by their parents and all of their siblings.

The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Celebration of Life service beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Rybolt Chapel, 314 N. Washington St., Swayzee.  Pastor John Lenfesty will be officiating with burial following at Thrailkill Cemetery.

The preferred memorial of choice is Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 2751 Albright Rd., Kokomo, IN 46902.
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