Earl was born January 16, 1956. Earl was preceded in death by grandparents Nannie Nash (Choate), John Choate, Thelma Gray, Les Gray, Annie Robinson (Buford) and William Buford. Parents – Mary Nash (Buford), Jaycee Collins Sr. and Purcell Buford Sr. Sisters- Cassandra Cook. Brothers – Jaycee Collins Jr., Lynn Buford and Purcell Buford Jr.
Here to cherish his memory, wife Donna G. Collins; children Earl (Michelle) sims, Shannon Collins, Dwayne Fuller, Latisha Collins, Adrianne Collins and Marquetta Collins; brothers George “Cup” Collins, Edward “June” (Bobbi Jo) Buford, Kevin (Andrea) Buford and Timothy Buford; sisters Nannie Buford-Epps, Priscilla Buford, April Buford-Stores, Angela Buford-Hayes, Barbara Ferrer, Frances Powell and Tina Buford; 23 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a close nephew YG and Jo Jo and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Earl left this life on December 8, 2019 to enter his eternal rest after a long battle with COPD. He showed a brave face during his sickness and pain. The PAIN he was enduring is over now! He served his country through the Army, where he received an honorable discharge. He was proud to have the opportunity to serve his country. He was a hard-working husband and loving father. In his younger years, he played football and basketball. During these years he obtained the nickname “Earl the Pearl”. He worked as a track layer and machine operator for the N&S Railway System for many years. He worked for the Ohio Board of Education as a custodian. He became their floor man for all the schools. He had a gift to strip and wax floors. Most of all, Earl had a loved for the reading the Word of God. Rest easy love. We will all miss you greatly.
Family will receive friends Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 12:00 pm until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Chapel of White's. Arrangements by White's Funeral and Cremation Services, 867 S. James Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227. BENJAMIN F. “BENNY” WHITE, JR, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, (614)947-1123, whitesfh867.com.
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