In Loving Memory, 1949 - 2020, Deaconess Annie M. Collins

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When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that I have had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How muchyou gave me in happiness
I thank you for the love each have shown
But now it is time I travelled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It is only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories inyour heart
I will not be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen withyour heart, you will hear
All of my love around you soft and clear
Then, whenyou must come this way alone
I will greet you with a smile and a Welcome Home
... Author Unknown...

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ANNIE MOMENT COLLINS was born to the late Mary and James
Moment, Sr. on June 6, 1949, in Columbia County, Georgia. She
was the eighth of fifteen siblings; eight preceded her in death.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the First Mt.
Moriah Baptist Church in Appling, Georgia, under the pastorate
of Pastor Roosevelt Green. She later moved her membership, to
serve with her husband at Oakey Grove Baptist Church (OGBC) in
Evans, Georgia.
She was previously a member of the MC Thomas Gospel Choir.
She served faithfully on the Deaconess Ministry of OGBC unto her
She was a 1967 graduate of Blanchard Consolidated High School as
Valedictorian, and a 1971 graduate of Paine College as Magna Cum
Laude, where she received a B.A. degree in Sociology with a Minor
in Psychology.
She served as a Social Worker at the Richmond County Department
of Family and Children Services and retired in 2003 after thirty
years of service.
Ann was united in Holy Matrimony to Deacon Randall H. Collins,
Sr., in December 1970, and to this union, three children were born.
In addition to her parents, Annie was preceded in death by
her father and mother-in-law, Armster Collins, Sr., and Marie
Jennings Collins.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, Randall Collins,
Sr., Martinez, GA; children, Tara Collins Dunn, Augusta, GA,
Rhonda Collins Cyrus, Martinez, GA, and Randall (Kayla) Collins,
II, Hephzibah, GA; grandchildren, DAsia Dunn, Lakira Dunn,
Augusta, GA, Colin Cyrus, Martinez, GA, Randall Collins, III,
Rebecca Burlison, North Carolina, Mary Beth Fazekas, Grovetown,
GA, and Avery Collins, Hephzibah, GA; one godchild, Danielle
Richardson of Clarksville, TN; six brothers and sisters, Joseph
Moment, Thomson, GA, Diane Evans, Harlem, GA, Brenda (Walter)
Sturgis, Grovetown, GA, Linda (Willie) Finks, Martinez, GA,
Gloria (Bennie) Palmer, Augusta, GA, and Jerome (Mae) Moment,
Hephzibah, GA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ceciel (Earnest)
Coard, Martinez, GA, Annette (James) Johnson, Grovetown, GA,
Margaret (JArthur) Harris, Harlem, GA, Mary Collins, Martinez,
GA, Katie Hicks and Nellie Moment, Augusta, GA, and Debora
Hicks, Virginia; one great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews,
great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends, and a dynamic
church family whom she dearly loved.
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When tomorrow starts without me, And Im not there to see. If the
sun should rise and find your eyes, All filled with tears for me; I wish
so much you wouldnt cry the way you did today, while thinking of
the many things, we didnt get to say. I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you, and each time that you think of me, I know
youll miss me too; but when tomorrow starts without me, please try
to understand, that an angel came and called my name, and took me
by the hand, and said my place was ready, in heaven far above, and
that Id have to leave behind all those I dearly love; but as I turned to
walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life, Id always thought,
I didnt want to die. I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
it almost seemed impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all
the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we
shared, and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, just even
for a while, Id say good-bye and kiss you, and maybe see you smile;
but then I fully realized, that this could never be, for emptiness and
memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow, I
thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But
when I walked through heavens gates, I felt so much at home. When
God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne, he
said, This is eternity, and all Ive promised you. Today your life on
earth is past, but here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but
today will always last, and since each days the same way theres no
longing for the past. You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldnt
do. But you have been forgiven and now at last youre free. So wont
you come and take my hand and share my life with me? So when
tomorrow starts without me, dont think were far apart, for every
time you think of me, Im right here, in your heart.
Eulogist, Pastor Rex Wright
Opening Song...........................Minister Darius Collins
Scripture Readings:
Old Testament.....................Pastor Frederick Patterson
New Testament..................... Minister Alprentice Smith
Prayer Of Comfort....................Minister Tillman Wilson
Solo...................................Minister Darius Collins
As A Friend............................ Sister Vernell Mims
As A Deaconess and Church Member.....Sister Isabell McCord
As A Family Member.......Sister Gloria Palmer, Moment Family
Sister Annette Johnson, Collins Family
Solo...................................Minister Darius Collins
Obituary | Acknowledgements
Solo.....................................Sister Isabell McCord
Eulogy......................................Pastor Rex Wright
Departing Song........................Let The Church Say Amen
Interment................Oakey Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
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