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Galveston County
Izola Ethel Fedford Collins passes away at age 87
Thursday, June 15, 2017

October 26, 1929 - June 12, 2017

Izola Ethel Fedford Collins was born on Oct. 26, 1929, to Viola C. and Brister Fedford, and she died Monday night in Jennie Sealy Hospital, at the age of 87.

She graduated from Central High School, and received her undergraduate and master's degrees at Prairie View University in Texas and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. But the greatest personal advancement she made was in her faith.

She had a favorite Bible verse, which reveals both the nature of God and what is worth treasuring in this life: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true ...

It was her mission to preserve for others the true history of her people, of her island, and of the times that she lived through.

Whatsoever things are honest …

She often didn't mince words. She said what she meant, and she said it the way she meant it. Being honest was about speaking your mind with regularity and consistency.

Whatsoever things are just …

She believed in social justice before it was a phrase.

Whatsoever things are pure...

She believed in moral development for today's youth, in celebrating and instructing them in what was righteous, virtuous, ethical, decent, noble. She taught her children to value honor, and did the same with generations of students.

Whatsoever things are lovely …

She marveled at beach sunrises. She delighted in garden flowers set on display in a bud vase or a jelly jar. She treasured making, sharing and eating a homemade meal.

Whatsoever things are of good report …

She loved to tell the latest accomplishment of a relative or friend. She believed ambition was a good thing. And she prompted it in practically everyone she knew.

If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

She started every day with God's word, reading her devotionals and trusting the number of her days to her Lord's faithful care. She shared her belief in God's mighty love with others, and encouraged others to know the Lord for themselves.

The wake for Izola Collins will be held at 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 16, at Reedy Chapel AME Church. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 17, at Moody Memorial United Methodist Church, with interment to immediately follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, (409) 765-8080.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lester Collins Jr.

Survivors include her three children and their spouses: June Collins Pulliam; Roy L. Collins III and his wife, Gaylynn; and Cheryl Collins Crayton and her husband, Samuel C. Crayton Jr.; and she leaves behind seven grandchildren: Shakira, Mikael and Roy L. Collins IV; Janae and Jasmine Pulliam; and Daniel and Samuel C. Crayton III.

She is also remembered by her nephew and nieces, and their spouses: Theodore Henderson and his wife, Dolly; Diane Henderson Moore and her husband, Thomas; and Janice Henderson Albright and her husband, Tom; as well as her grandnephews and nieces: Holly, Robert and Jonathan Albright; and Teresa Henderson Simon and Florence Henderson Taylor; and great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces.

The family requests that you, like she did, think on and take the loving grace of God to heart.



Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Reedy Chapel AME Church, 2013 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550

Funeral Service

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11:00 AM
Moody Methodist Church, 2803-53rd Street, Galveston, Texas 77551

Obituary compliments of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.

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