Madisonville Democrat, (Monroe Co. TN) Wednesday, March 14, 1945, Page 1:
“New Hope---We were sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Bert Collins of Lakeside. Mrs. Collins had been ill for some time. She will be missed very much, and the bereaved ones have our sympathy.”
Madisonville Democrat, (Monroe Co. TN) Wednesday, March 21, 1945, Page 4:
“In Loving Memory Of Mrs. Bettie Atkins Collins---Mrs. Bettie Collins was born on March 10, 1875, and passed away on March 13, 1945, at 3:15 a.m., at her home. She was 70 years and three days of age. She was married to Mr. A.B. Collins in 1893 and to this union were born nine children. Surviving are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Bertha Pickelsimer of near Madisonville; Mrs. B.O. Singley of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mrs. George Tinker and Mrs. Etta Sue Leslie of New Hope; three sons, Messrs. Floyd, Lloyd and Clarence Collins of Lakeside, and ten grandchildren, who, with a host of friends, mourn because of her going away. Two children preceded her to the grave.
Mrs. Collins professed faith in Christ in early girlhood and joined the Notchey Creek Baptist Church, of which she remained a faithful member until the end. She was truly a good Christian woman, a good wife and mother. She had been in ill health for several years.
Mrs. Collins was the very best of neighbors, always kind, loving and helpful to one and all. She was a kind and loving companion, a considerate, thoughtful and loving mother. As a neighbor she followed the rule, “Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.” She was of a pleasant disposition and when able, was always busy. All through her ill health she never complained, but with her it was, “Thy will be done.” She will be greatly missed in the home and the community, but she has gone to the heavenly land to join in the angels’ choir, where all who love and serve the Lord will be gathered together and live the richer, happier life that follows the sojourn within this vale of tears.
Funeral services were held at the New Hope Church on Wednesday, March 14, at 3 p.m. by Rev. John Atkins, Mr. John Belcher reading the obituary and prayer by a brother who is 91 years old. Hymns sung by the choir were “Asleep In Jesus, In The Sweet Bye And Bye,” and “Rock Of Ages.” Mrs. Harris Brakebill was accompanist. The body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery to await the Resurrection Morn.
Flower girls were Mrs. F.W. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Lee Summitt, Mrs. Elmo Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Clinton Tinker, Mrs. Clayton Loope, Mrs. Joe Marshall, Mrs. Vivian Neely and Mrs. Roy Summitt.
Pallbearers were Messrs. Clinton Tinker, Roy Summitt, Elmo Kirkpatrick, Lee Summitt, Paul Arnwine and Erskine Peeler.
May God’s richest blessings be upon all who kindly assisted in any way during her ill health and death; for the beautiful floral offerings, and for the kindness shown by Mr. Biereley, who was in charge.”---A Friend, Mrs. Pearl Kirkpatrick.