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Eugene William Collins Passes Away

Members of the community said farewell to a man who was a longtime Wichita Falls business man and city leader.
Members of the community said farewell to a man who was a longtime Wichita Falls business man and city leader.

Eugene William Collins passed away over the weekend.

He was 89 and over his long life, friends say he did nothing but serve others.

Jody Wade, a close friend and owner of Big Daddy's Towing Company, says Collins was his idol.

"He taught me pretty much the school of the wrecker business and that's something that I'll cherish for the rest of my life with what he's taught me," Wade says.

Collins owned one of the city's oldest businesses, Collins Motor and Wrecker Service, for over 50 years.

"He went out on his own with nothing and he built up a towing empire that was always the largest towing company in Wichita Falls since back in the 1950s and that says a lot," Collins says. "He was always the leader."

His body was escorted to his final resting place on Friday evening at Rosemont Cemetery by tow trucks which were a big part of his life.

Wade says, "This was his love and blood. He loved the towing business and this is one great way that we're going to show him that to him today to put him to rest."

Collins was also a World War II veteran after serving in the Battle of the Bulge and later became a Wichita Falls police officer for a several years.

He is survived by his wife Mary of almost 70 years and his children, granddaughter and great-grand children.
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