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Robert James (Bobby) Collins, (aka James Clyde Louis III) 76, of O'Brien, Florida, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Gainesville Health Care Center in Gainesville, Florida after a long illness.

Robert was born on August 3, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late Lee Roy and Marjorie Merrithew Collins of O'Brien, Florida. He was married to Patricia Buchner Collins whom preceded him in death. He had 3 children, 1 son Robert Collins, Jr. of Live Oak, Florida, and 2 daughters Crystal Collins Stamps of O'Brien, Florida and Angela Collins (predeceased).

Robert served in the military at Alexandria Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana prior to the beginning of the Vietnam War. He became a member of Boilermakers Union Local #433 in Tampa, Florida working until injured and retiring in 1982. He enjoyed being with family and friends and his dogs Sierra and Grimm. He also enjoyed fishing bass tournaments with the Gainesville Bass Masters, Florida Gators Football and playing Florida Lottery Scratch Off tickets. Robert was well known in the Branford, Florida area and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter Crystal Collins Stamps and her husband Paul of O'Brien, Florida; Grandson Troy Revels of O'Brien, Florida; son Robert Collins, Jr. of Live Oak, Florida; brother William R. Collins and wife Gayle Cowart Collins of O'Brien, Florida; sister Karen Fuquay and husband Kenny of Fanning Springs, Florida; niece Teresa Collins Ayres and husband Jim of O'Brien, Florida; niece Deborah Collins Strickland and husband Tim of Keystone Heights, Florida; nephew Clint Barrineau of O'Brien, Florida; nephew Kenny Sparrow of Gainesville, Florida; nephew Michael Sparrow of Bronson, Florida; and nephew Andrew Hanner of Gainesville, Florida. Robert also leaves behind many other loving family members.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Haven Hospice Center of Palatka.
Published on March 1, 2018
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