|Sgt. Thomas L. Collins,|
1921-2011. Photo courtesy
of his sons.
The 2010 Memorial Day Service at which his wartime achievements were celebrated was his last.
During visiting hours on May 20, the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars paid its respects with a special service.
The Funeral Service was held yesterday at the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, which could not contain the large number of people who attended. The service was led by Rev. Anthony L. Larson, Pastor. In addition, Rev. George Wilson, former pastor, delivered a homily, speaking about the important ways in which the deceased contributed to the communities he belonged to.
|Honor Guard Folds Flag. Photo by JT Marlin.|
Guest organist Bob Mulford came out of retirement to provide music for the occasion. He served as organist for the church over more than three decades. Among the hymns were one of Sgt. Collins's favorites, "Beulah Land".
During the Committal at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, an honor guard played taps, folded the flag and presented it to Anne Miller Collins, widow of the deceased. (See photos.) A reception for family and friends was provided at the Springs Fire Department.
|Mrs. Anne Miller Collins accepts flag at Cedar Lawn|
Cemetery. Photo by JT Marlin.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial gifts be directed to the Springs Church or the Springs Ambulance Service.
See also: CRYPTOGRAPHY | Americans at Bletchley Park . VET STORIES | Tom Collins, 1921-2011 . BLETCHLEY | U.S. Contribution to British Cryptography . The Spy Museum and the O.S.S.