Gene Collins passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at his home at the age of 89.

Gene Collins passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at his home at the age of 89.

Gene, the son of William Desmond “WD” and Edna Marie (Van Horn) Collins, was born April 11, 1929, in Okfuskee County. He attended school at Centerview.

On Oct. 2, 1948, Gene married Edna Lynch in Prague.

Gene proudly served in the US Army. In 1951 he went to work for the City of Shawnee and rose to the position of utilities director for the City of Shawnee in 1969. He retired in 1986 after spending 35 years working for Shawnee.

Gene and Edna were faithful members of Temple Baptist Church until his health no longer allowed them to attend.

Gene coached little league baseball and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Norma Lee Collins, Betty Lou Spillers and Phyllis Keeley; brothers, Glen Collins and Freddie Collins, a grandson Jeremy Eugene Collins, a great-grandson Steve Martin Crane and a son-in-law, Jack Lindley.

He is survived by his wife, Edna; sons and daughter-in-law: Mike Collins, and Ken and Rita Collins;

daughters: Barbara Sovereign and Carol Lindley; grandchildren: Melinda Switch, Bobbye Kaye Keener, Jennifer Attebery, Jessica Collins, Jeremy Collins, Ashley Crane, Mason Sovereign, Justin Lindley, Megan Laffoon, and Blake Lindley; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Louise Cloud, Phyllis Keeley, Tommy Lee Collins, and Freddie Collins; and several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

A funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Shawnee. Interment will follow at Kellerby Cemetery in Prague.

Services are under the direction of Walker Funeral Service in Shawnee.