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Larry Edward Collins
1968 - 2022
Larry Edward Collins, II, devoted father, brother and friend, departed this life suddenly on August 15, 2022 at the age of 54.
He was born to Larry and Dorothy Collins on June 8, 1968, in Greenwood, Mississippi. The family later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Larry excelled in everything he did; during his year at Sharon Junior Academy, he was known for his recitation of the well known, “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. He started public speaking during his early years at Wisconsin Academy. He was chosen by his school to represent them in oration competitions; he did not fall short coming in first for every competition he competed in. Larry loved to sing and was often given lead or significant roles in school drama productions. One of his memorial dramas was, “Fiddler on the Roof." Larry’s oratory skills were well developed as a teenager and he was often given opportunities to preach. His preaching rivaled adults. He was a member of the choir and traveled to various states singing during his High School and early College years.
After graduating from Wisconsin Academy in May of 1986, Larry chased his dreams to serve in the military. He served two branches. He began with the Army and then transferred to the Navy. During his time in the Navy, he served as a Corpsman when he was honorably discharged from the military.
After leaving the military, Larry met and married Felecia. To this union two children were born. Larry, III and Danielle. He centered his life around this family. He did everything in his power to ensure that his family had everything they needed and be the best. He led by example which included going back to college and receiving two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s in Business. He was pursuing his PHD before his untimely death.
Larry enjoyed watching football, basketball, grilling, reading, listening to music, and spending time with his family and friends. His favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. He also loved traveling around the country and took pride in his long-distance driving skills. Larry took interests in Medicine, Psychology, Biology, Counseling and Teaching at various Universities throughout the years. Larry had a passion for music. He was a skilled trumpet player and filled his home with classical music. His favorite was Handel’s Messiah. He played and sang it so much that the children knew every song and the words by the age of three.
Because of Larry’s love for public speaking, he would speak and preach on any occasion. He officiated family weddings, baby dedications and burials. His ministry had no boundaries. He would often preach the gospel and conduct evangelistic series, whether locally or in the Philippines. His greatest joy was seeing souls won for the Kingdom of God. He was known for always giving a Bible as a gift. His favorite scripture was, Proverbs 3: 5 & 6. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Larry spent his life helping others. He participated and led many charity events. His latest was, Your Best Pathway to Health, where he was the chair of the department for laboratory services in Indianapolis where thousands received free medical and dental help.
Larry is survived in this life by his mother, Dorothy Collins. His legacy continues through his children, Amber, Larry III, and Danielle; brothers, Derrick, Theophilus and Mark; sister, Muriel; uncles and aunt; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was cherished by many friends.
A Funeral Service will be held at Roberts - Martinez Funeral Home and Chapel on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 1:00 PM