Lelia Mae Collins

Passed 05/01/2018

Obituary for Lelia Mae Collins

Lelia Mae Collins was born the youngest of five children on June 30, 1938, in Spartanburg, SC, to the late Israel Collins and Jessie Woodruff Collins Fowler.  She received her education at Foster Chapel, Lincoln High, and received her GED from Spartanburg High School.  Ms. Collins retired from Leigh Fibers after thirty years of service.She was previously employed with Raycord Manufacturing.  Lelia was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where she served in Ward 5, Relay for Life Team, Culinary Food Committee and the Missionary Society.    She was also a member of Xi Sigma Philos, an affiliate of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Ms. Collins was preceded in death by: two brothers, Willie C. Woodruff and Roy Collins, Sr; one sister, Dorothy (Emzie) Wilkie; one son, Terry Collins; one daughter, Yvette Collins; and one grandson, Cory Pitts. Lelia leaves to cherish fond memories to: one sister, Gladys (Lamar) Young; four children, Vanessa (Jerome) Foster, Timothy Collins, Rodney (Marie)   Collins  and Valerie Collins; twelve grandchildren, Derrick Collins, Nicole Campbell, Timothy (Toasha) Collins, Sharada (Michael) Abraham, Cedrick Collins, Tez Cheeks, Katara Cheeks, Brittany Lindsey, Aaron Michael Gladden, Jr., DeAdrian Gladden, Jamel Thompson and Kalondon Collins; a special niece, Ruby Wilkie; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces,   nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. A Celebration of the Life of Lelia Mae Collins will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 502 S. Church St., Spartanburg, SC. Dr. M. Keith McDaniel, Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in the Heritage Memorial Gardens, 3901 S. Church St., Roebuck, SC. J. W. Woodward Funeral Home


Guest Book

I'm sorry for the family loss. May the Lord bless and keep you'll. Will keep you'll in my prayers.

- Nancy Ann Dogan

To the. Collins Family : 'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning ' My condolences to you and your family during this season of tour lives. God will continue to strengthen and sustain you. Know that Mae held a special place in my heart. Love all of you.

- Saundra Giles Gaffney

To the Family Our thoughts and prayers. are with you. Philo Collins will be missed not only by the. Philo ladies here, but also by the sorority. She was truly our friend. We love you

- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority - Xi Sigma Chapter

My deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved family member. Death of a loved one is very difficult. The deep emotional pain hurts so much. Our loving heavenly father feels the pain as well. In his word the Bible, there are beautiful scriptures of comfort. Psalm 34:18 is one that has comforted me. It says: Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. Also Isaiah 25:8 has this promise from God for the future; He (God) will swallow up death forever. And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe the tears from all faces. For more comfort, please visit our website: jw.org and view the comforting video; Is There Hope for the Dead?

- R. Sweatman