M. Jean Collins

Corbet Collins passed on Tuesday, January 22. He was born December 5, 1934, in Baxley, Georgia, to Rebecca and Sam Collins. He was the youngest of ten children. One sister remains, Arlo Collins Eagleson, 92, of St. Augustine, Florida.

Jean Collins followed Corbet Tuesday, February 5 while at Lawrence Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. Melvie Jean Wynn was born near Baxley, Georgia, August 29, 1936, to Ethel and Robert Wynn. She was the youngest of ten children as well. All of her siblings have passed.

Corbet attended Appling County High School in Georgia. The first time he met Melvie Jean, he was on crutches after a car accident. Although she was just 5’4”, Jean played on the high school basketball team, excelled academically and graduated second in her class of 77 students in 1954. Corbet was scouted for a professional baseball team while in high school. The injury from the car accident prevented him from pursuing his dream of being a major-league player.

Corbet married Melvie Jean in 1956. He served in the Air Force 1954-1959 finishing up at Chanute Air Field in Rantoul, Illinois.

After a short stint managing restaurants in Illinois, Corbet and Jean moved to Lawrence in 1962 to manage Sandy’s Drive-In. In 1964, they bought Henry’s Hamburgers where all 5 of their kids learned the restaurant business. They sold the property to Burger King in 1984. Jean became a realtor with Stephens Real Estate and retired in 2016. They divided their time between their cattle farm, gardening and remodeling rental houses.

Corbet was active in local politics and at one time served on the public safety committee. He loved sports. He played and coached softball for countless teams over the years. Corbet and Jean were avid bowlers and enjoyed the Lawrence leagues.

Corbet and Jean’s five kids and 11 grandkids will miss them. Please join the family to remember them both at Wayne and Larry’s on Saturday, March 2 for an open house 4-8 p.m.

Messages & Condolences

From Barbara Salvini...

Your mother was a lovely women. Condolences to you children.

From Eloise Bornheim...

So sorry to hear of the loss of these two great people! Such a shock! My prayers go out to the entire family.

From Vickie Aubry Robertson...

From the Aubry family, we are saddened by the loss of both Corbet and Jean. Our hearts go out to you all

From Elza & Lisa Clark...

Jean was a very special person in our lives and we will miss her very much.
Our sincere condolences to the Collins family.

From Joan Stevenson...

our sunday school class will certainly miss Jeans smiling face on sunday morning. she was such a gracious lady. She was a blessing to know.

From Angie McClure...

Jean – You will be greatly missed in the Lawrence community. I enjoyed working with you at SRE. I will always remember you for your fantastic peanut brittle. RIP

From Cindy McNicoll...

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. I’ve never known my life without your parents.
Your dad gave me one of my first job at Henry .
when I got into real estate I worked many transactions with your mom. I love them both.
I’m missing our old neighborhood..

From Judy george...

I have known Jeanie and Corbet for many years. My mother is Dorothy Porter, she worked with them at Henry’s and just loved them and all the family. Jeanie sold my house for me six years ago…it was such a pleasure to renew this old friendship. They were special people and will be missed by many.

From Dan and Cyndi Rood...

I am so sorry that you have lost your mom and your dad. We send peace and healing thoughts so that you can get through such a difficult time. Love to all of you.

From Julie and Gary Crowe...

Gary and I are saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. She was a very special lady and Gary has known her for what seems like forever. I first met Jean when she showed and sold us our first home after Gary and I got married. She treated me like I was part of her family. I am sure she is happy now that she is back with Corbet. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

From Lisa Stofac...

Miss Jean was a special lady and I will miss her sweet smile, her cute stories, and her warm hugs.
My sincere condolences to the Collins family. So much loss, so close together.

From Becky Mondi...

You were good…in a way that matters.
You were genuine…and honest and fair.
You smiled and were fun…even when life and transactions were tough.
You were a joy in our Real Estate family.
You were loved and you were faithful.
We will all miss your peanut brittle..but moreso the heart with which you blessed us with it.
Rest, special one, in His peace.. that your heart knew.

From Ronda Dieker Kirk...

I am so sorry to hear of Corbet and Jean’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many fond memories of your family.

From Richard and Anita Meyer...

We are so sorry to hear that Jean and Corbet have passed. We have such happy memories of both of them. Richard and the boys played softball with Corbet and Jean was always so fun to talk with. We will miss them both.

From Janet Daniels...

Again so sorry for your loss, this is such a shock, as I’m sure it was for you all. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Jean and Corbet were a wonderful couple, We all loved them.

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