Our beloved Bubba placed his hand in the nail scarred Hand of Jesus on the morning of August 13, 2015 and the angels ushered him home. There are no words big enough to describe the heart of Bubba or the depth of what we have lost. Bubba carried a burden too heavy for anyone to carry and he carried it with grace and humility his whole life through. Although he was blind, he could see more than any of us could ever begin to see. Bubba touched so many lives and so many hearts. He was the kindest, most loving and giving person we will ever know. He had a deep and abiding faith that saw him through even the darkest of times. He was a witness to every soul who crossed his path.
To know Bubba was to know his gentle, loving spirit and to love him. His roaring baritone prayers could be heard down the halls of the nursing home where he lived his final months. This world is a little darker without him in it. While our hearts are broken, we rejoice and praise God for setting Bubba free. He is at home with Mama and Daddy now. They must be holding hands and singing their favorite hymn "I'll Fly Away". His eyesight is restored and his body is mended. He is where he longed to be. He waited on God and now he is in glory at last. What a privilege it has been to be loved so completely and unconditionally by an angel God sent to us all those years ago. He was our brother. He was our sunshine and our joy.
William Edward Collins was born in Brownsville, TX on May 29, 1957 to and preceded in death by Mary Elizabeth and Lauranza Pinkney Collins. He leaves behind his sisters, Sarabeth Cawlfield and the late Ronald Cawfield, Teresa Smith and husband Thomas, all of Brownsville, Martha Collins of Kerrville, and Laura Kelch and husband Robert of Victoria; nephews: Randal Cawlfield and wife Lydia of Bayview, Timothy Smith and wife Kathy of the Woodlands, Sam Smith and wife Diana of Edinburg, Darrell Davis, Jr of Kerrville: nieces: Kimberly Boldon and husband Kato of Phoenix,AZ, Margaret Naylor and husband Ric of San Antonio, Sharon Van Zandt and husband Charles of New Braunfels, Michelle Colombo and Rocky of Aberdeen, Scotland. He also leaves behind an aunt and cousins and great nieces and nephews whom he loved.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.