February 10, 2022, 78, Goldsboro –
Norman Lee Collins, Sr., 78, was welcomed into the presence of his Lord on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Norman was born in Wayne County to the late Barney and Elizabeth Matilda Jones Collins on July 9, 1943. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Barney “Billy” Collins, Jr., Donald Collins and Larry Collins; and sister, Faye Collins Braswell.
Norman was a graduate of Rosewood High School where he was awarded the honor of Valedictorian. With a drive-in his spirit for service to others, Norman joined the United States Army, proudly and honorably serving his country during the Vietnam War. Following his departure from military service, he began working with various manufacturing companies and retired as the shipping manager from Butterball in Mount Olive.
Norman was adored by his family, for whom he was a source of joy and strength, but also by countless others, all of whom were struck by his quiet generosity, along with his unassuming intelligence. He cherished his wife and was a role model to his family. Raising their family, Norman sacrificed much to make sure his family had everything they needed and most of what they wanted.
Dedicated to his faith in Jesus Christ, Norman worshiped alongside his family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Goldsboro. He served in various capacities, including Stake High Counselor, Ward Bishop, as well as other various stake callings. Community and service in the church were a top priority for Norman throughout his life.
With a sense of humor, you could always expect a laugh or two while conversing with Norman. His way with words compelled his audience to listen attentively. He had the ability to find joy on all occasions, and his concern for each person he encountered was evident. Norman’s warmth and compassion for others were unparalleled.
Norman is survived by his wife of 50 years, Katherine Carr Collins; sons, Lee Collins and wife, Emily, Chris Collins, and Eric Collins and wife, Sarah; grandchildren, Tristan, Braeden, Talan, Simon and Valleigh; sister, Ann Collins Griffin; and a large family that he loved very much.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1000 11th Street, Goldsboro. A service to celebrate his life will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary with Bishop Gary Waters presiding. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate care provided by Community Home Care and Hospice. Love and heartfelt thanks is expressed to his special hospice nurses, Jennifer Brown and Jaleesa McCormick. Simple words cannot express our gratitude.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.