Born: Tuesday May 24, 1927

Died: Wednesday Jul 5, 2017


Andrew "Gyp" Collins, Jr.

May 24, 1927 - July 5, 2017

Andrew "Gyp" Collins, Jr., 90, of 905 McConnell Avenue in Eden, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 5, 2017, at his home. 

A funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, July 9, at Fair Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service (1 - 2 PM) at the funeral home.

Mr. Collins was born May 24, 1927 in Rockingham County, NC, to the late Andrew Collins, Sr. and Fatima Richardson Collins.  He was a retired Magistrate for Rockingham County.  Gyp was a busy man during his working years.  He ran many businesses along with being the Founder of The Lord's Pantry, a ministry that reached many in our community.  He was a past Master Mason, Leaksville Lodge #136 and was a charter member of Hampton Heights Baptist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean Chaney Collins of the home;  son, Jerry Collins of the home;  one granddaughter, Francis Cochran of Eden;  and two great-grandchildren, Makala Cochran and Caroline Cochran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daugther, Karen Southern.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com



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A true friend of law enforcement and food pantry environments. May God comfort the family during this time of loss.
Tommy Griffin

So sorry to hear of Gyp's passing. Please know that the family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron & Lisa Shively Harbour

Dear Ms. Jean.....So sorry to hear of Mr. Gyp's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. May God hold you close now and in the days ahead!! Love You!!!
Micki Neal

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Collins. He was a childhood friend of my father's and they continued to be friends until my father passed away in 2014. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Garrett & Hattie Krites

Dear Jean and Jerry, I am sorry to learn of Mr. Gyp's passing. He was so kind and loved everyone. He was so sweet to my family when I was growing up I remember going to the little store with my daddy and he would tell him to let me get an ice cream. He was truly loved by everyone. I will be praying for you all during this time. Love and prayers, Cheryl Smith Mann Daughter of Carlton and Elaine Smith
Cheryl Smith Mann

I did not know Mr. Collins but my great grandparents live near him and when I would see him I would always wave. He was so precious and I wish I could have spoken with him. It was heartbreaking to hear of this tragic event. I'm sorry for your loss but he's in Heaven where he'd rather be. Much love, Savannah Pruitt and Tammy Garrett
Savannah Pruitt

"GYP" gained his wings.Heaven is rejoying.He us with his love ones that were waiting for his entrance
carol cox

My deepest sympathies to Frances and the rest of the family. Mr Gyp was one of a kind and a good man. 7 will be missed by many.
Jana Harvey Williams

Judge Collins was an example of how to treat others. He always had my admiration and respect.
Sammy Farmer

Gyp was a school friend of my mother, & my husband got to know him while volunteering at The Lord's Pantry. He was truly a kind man who will be missed by many in this community. Our condolences to the family!
Scott & Sherry Bell

So sorry to hear about Gyp. He was a good Christian man and will be missed. Love in Christ, Ben and Carolyn Pruitt
Ben and Carolyn

I heard about Gyp all my life from my grandfather, but only had the pleasure of meeting Gyp a few years ago. What a kind, compassionate man with a heart for others! May God bless your family with strength as you reflect on your memories of Gyp in the coming days.
Tammy Shelton

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I feel as though I have lost a member of my family also because Gyp and I were very good friends for about 40 years. Gyp was without question the most kind hearted person I ever met. He truly cared about other people!
Dan Grogan

To the Collins family, I'm so sorry to hear of Gyps' passing. My parents knew his Dad from Danville,va.I had seen Gyp once or twice. He was such a good Christian man. He did a great work helping the hungry people around here. You all will be in my prayers. May God bless & comfort you all during & after this difficult time, Love in Christ, Nancy Raines.
Nancy Raines

I thank God for Mr. Collins. The Lord's Pantry has been a great blessing to our family. I remember our first visit there after my husband lost his job with four small children to feed. Mr Collins welcomed us in & we were inspired to see such a "senior" gentleman beginning so great a work. His legacy lives on and calls us all to do more for the community. May God forever bless his family.
Lauretta Nunley Keen

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