Wallace Collins of Bear Branch, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the UK Medical Center, Lexington, KY. He was 70 years old. Wallace was born January 16, 1950 in Hyden, KY., the son of the late, Robert Lee Collins & Lucy Jane Baker Collins. Wallace had honorably served in the U.S. Army. By occupation Wallace had worked as a auto mechanic. He enjoyed horses, motorcycles, cars & mechanic work. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, one beloved son, Brent Collins, one beloved grandson, Austin Carmack & brothers, Ancy Collins & Ottice Collins. He leaves the following relatives surviving; wife, Alice Zomora Torres, Texas, two beloved sons, Robert Lee Collins & Katrina, Shelbyville, KY. & Brandon Navarro & Mindy, Texas, two beloved daughters, Julie Collins, Berea, KY. & Valerie Duran & Robert, Odessa, FL., two brothers, Junior Collins, Hyden, KY. & Clyde Collins, Hyden, KY., four sisters, Anna Lee Miller, Marie Couch & Curt, Hyden, KY. Wilma Salyers, Hyden, KY. & Faith Collins, Louisville, KY., 16 treasured grandchildren & favorite horses, Dandy & Sunlight. Also a host of nieces, nephews & other relatives & friends survive.
One of the most badass person I had the honor of meeting passed away early this morning.... he was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and later in life, joined the Army and fought in Vietnam. After his enlistment was over, he became a mechanic and built motorcycles for a living in his garage. He once told us a story of when he smoked weed with Willie Nelson and saw him kill a snake with his barehands while telling the story to us. One day, he fell off his horse in the mountains and broke his ribs and sustained other numerous injuries, what did he do? He got back on his horse and rode to his ranch, sat on his rocking chair and from what I’ve been told, all he said was... “well, that was a close one”. Needless to say, he enjoyed living off the grid while taking care of his horses and rode them throughout Appalachia’s rugged terrain. He was such a badass, one day he realized he only had 11 grandchildren, so he looked at my wife and her sister and asked them to give him his dirty dozen... the following year, his wish was granted.
RIP Mr. Wallace Collins, you will be missed by so many people that love and admire you! Robert Duran
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