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Obituary: Billie Doyle Collins Sr.


Billie Doyle Collins Sr.

SEPTEMBER 3, 1931 – JULY 7, 2020

Obituary of Billie Doyle Collins Sr.

Born in Decatur TX to Clara Blackstock Collins and Henry C. Collins. He resided his last years at Brookdale Retirement in Garland, Tx but was visiting in Austin, TX when he fell ill and eventually passed from cardiac failure. He attended Texas School for the Deaf and graduated in 1951. In November of 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Pekar Collins. She predeceased him in November of 1993 two weeks shy of their 40th anniversary. He later married Dewana Clark Lane Collins in 1996, who also predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by son Billy D. Collins, Jr. of Austin, TX; son Alan D. Collins and wife Carolyn Keller Collins of Dallas, TX along with their daughter Haley C. Collins; son Anthony (Tony) M. Collins and wife Trenda Jones Collins of Rowlett, TX along with their daughter Shari Kiser and husband Andy Kiser, son Nathan Collins and wife Karissa Espino Collins, and daughter Jessica Collins Shipley and husband Darian Shipley. He loved his family tremendously and especially his seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Vernie L. Collins, wife Dollye and family of Joshua, Texas; sister in law Minnie Collins and family of Fort Worth, TX; and brother in law Bernard Pekar and family of Garland, TX. He also has countless neices and nephews all of whom were an important part of his life.

He was trained as a printer and retired as such in 1991 from the Dallas Times Herald. He was an diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and a big supporter of both TCU and UT. It seemed there was not a sport that he did not try. He loved playing golf, was a basketball and football player in his younger years, a baseball and softball player up until the time he retired, a competitive league bowler, and an avid fisherman until his passing. His love for the Deaf Community led him to help set up The Dallas Association of the Deaf and was a founding member of the DAD Deaf Club of which he was honored with a lifetime membership. His love for sports led him to help establish as a founding member the Southwest Deaf Golf Association, the Dallas Bass Club of the Deaf and the Texas Bass Club of the Deaf. He also served as chair of the AAAD Conference held in Dallas in the early 70’s. He remained a guiding force in the Deaf Community throughout his life. He loved to flirt and always had an eye for the pretty woman.

Most notable was his wicked sense of humor, joking with the nurses and hospital staff up until the day he died. He will be dearly missed by his family and countless friends. There will be no funeral services provided at this time. In lieu of flowers or cards donations may be made to the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation or to American Foundation for Elderly Deaf (La Vista).




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