James Edward Collins was born November 11, 1949 in San Antonio, Texas to parents Edward and Annie (Valdes) Collins who all preceded him in death. His brother Lester; sisters Catherine, Joe Ann also preceded him in death. James attended SAISD schools and graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1968, where he was a Drum Major. He attended Tennessee State University and was drafted to the U.S. Army. He later worked for AT&T for 43 years.
James met and married his high school sweetie, Gail R. Williams November 30,1974. They were the first to be married in the new Antioch Sanctuary with a packed house of over 800 attending. To this union twin daughters were born...Brandy Gail and Jamie Denise.
James was a community servant who helped with the Taste of New Orleans ZULU'S, The Citywide Senior Conference, Citywide Widow's Gala and Phillis Wheatley Alumni Association.
James became a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in 1966 and was a member of The Mighty Men of Antioch Choir and Usher Ministry No. 1.
James leaves to cherish all of his beautiful memories with his devoted wife of 46 years, Gail; his twin daughters, Brandy Gail and Jamie Denise; a granddaughter...his heart Brooklyn; brother in laws Vernice Brown and Leroy; nephews Roderick Collins, Delbert & Roderick Brown; sister in law Carla Walker and a host of relatives and friends along with his loving mother in law Doloris (Mom) Williams as he would always refer to her as Mom!
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