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
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