Fred "Snake" Collins Jr. longtime Ponca City resident passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 at his home with his wife by his side. He was 69 years of age. Fred was born March 30, 1947 to Fred D. Collins Sr and Onita Kendall Collins.
Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church of Ponca City, OK with Elder Ellsworth Speight Sr. officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday November 16, 2016 in the Grace Memorial Chapel from 3p.m. to 8 p.m. with the Family in attendance to receive friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fred was known in Ponca City as Snake to most that knew him except his grandkids which referred to him as Pawpaw. Snake attended school in Ponca City and graduated in 1965 and then he attended college at NOC. He served a tour of Duty in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict and he received 3 purple hearts for his service. He married the love of his life Hallit Coburn on August 29, 1966 in Ponca City and they made their home in Ponca City where they raised 3 daughters and 1 son. Snake was very active in the Ponca City community and raising of their children and he enjoyed coaching whatever they were involved with. He coached for numerous years in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Softball. Fred was also known for his Singing and raising horses and being a Avid OU Fan. Fred was also of the Baptist faith and a member of the American Legion, DAV and Ongoers.
Survivors include: wife; Hallit of the Home; 4 children; Penethia Collins and Tamara Collins Reed both of Bartlesville, OK, Fred D. "Tink" Collins III and wife Laura of Norman, OK, Markesha Collins - Duggan and husband Ben of Ponca City, OK, grandchildren; Tatiana Collins Cordes and husband Levi, Jeroid Johnson, Ethan Collins, Hallee Gillard, Dru Collins, Doug Collins, Tamia Reed, Tyanna Reed, Cameron Collins, Jordan Collins and Caden Cordes, He is also survived by his brother: William E. Collins and wife Oletha of Ponca City, OK and 1 sister; Freda Collins of Enid, OK and several nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be done thru www.gracememorialchapel.net