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Mildred Jean Collins

Mildred Jean Collins, age 83, Erwin, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Center on Aging and Health. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Nola Tipton Thomas. Jean had lived most of her life in Unicoi County. Jean was of the Baptist Faith. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Collins, Sr. in 1997, two sons: Floyd Lee Collins and Joe Lynn Collins; one grandson, Jeremiah Lee Collins; and several brothers and sisters.

Jean leaves behind to cherish her memory, two sons: Dewey Lee Collins, Jr, Erwin, Willard S. Collins, MD; two daughters: Shirley Ann Mullens, Angelina Carpenter, both of MD; one brother, Gerald Thomas, Erwin; one sister, Pearl Ann Cantrell, Erwin; twelve grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 PM.

In lieu of flowers, Jean requested those wishing please make memorial contributions to their favorite charity.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Collins family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Collins family.  (423) 743-1380.