Albert "Bruce" Collins, 80, a well-known musician, a resident of Elkins, departed this life early Friday morning, Feb. 21, 2014, in Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center at Elkins, with his family at his side.
He was born Thursday, Oct. 12, 1933, at East Dailey, a son of the late Harvey and Jessie Jane Johnson Collins.
On Dec. 3, 1953, at Baltimore, Md., he was married to the former Mary Marguerite Kitzmiller, who survives. They had celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Also surviving are two sons, Edward Bruce "Buzz" Collins and wife, Elizabeth "Liz," and Robert Ray Collins, both of Elkins; one daughter, Rose Mary "Rosebud" McCauley of Elkins; one sister, Opal Collins Lambert of Mill Creek; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a special nephew, Mike Collins and wife, Nancy, and their children, who all held a very special place in his heart.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, Arch, William and Richard Collins; one sister, Winnie Collins; and three half sisters, Bernice Arbogast, Alta Coffee and Zella Elza.
He attended the schools of Randolph County and was a self-employed carpenter and plumber. He was a noted musician, having been a member of the Second Time Around Band in which he was the lead bass guitarist and vocalist. He also played steel guitar and fiddle. He played for various dances and many church events. He enjoyed puzzles.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. On Tuesday, at 2 p.m., a funeral service will be conducted with the Rev. Dr. Ken Shiflet officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Albert "Bruce" Collins. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.