Michael Collins

Born: Wed., Apr. 15, 1953
Died: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 08, 2018
Location: Rhodes Funeral Service

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Feb. 09, 2018
Location: Zion Hill M.B. Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Feb. 09, 2018
Location: Zion Hill M.B. Church

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We are gathered here today to celebrate the homegoing of Michael Collins who made his transition on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Mercy Hospital in Chicago. 

Michael Collins, was born to the union of Clois Collins and Jean Collins (who preceded him in death) on April 15, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his basic elementary education from the Jacob Beilder Elementary School, West Garfield Park Upper Grade Center and Austin High School.  Following his graduation from High School, Michael enlisted in the United States Army in January 31, 1973.  There he reached the rank of PVT where worked as a 72C20 Switchboard Operator and later as a Central Office Supervisor. Michael received an honorable discharge from the United States Army on February 3, 1975.  Michael then became employed by the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois, where he was employed for thirty-six (36) years as a Health Tech for regular patient care in the hospital and in the Psychiatric Ward.  Michael really enjoyed working with his patients.  It was stated that he would take care of his patients as if they were recuperating at home.  He was a concerned Tech.  He said his job was never about the money, but that he had a genuine love, concern, patience, and pride for every patient he cared for.  While working in the Psychiatric Ward, there were patients that were very challenging and some people would talk or make fun of them.   Michael would let you know immediately that those were his patients and asked them to leave them alone and not to talk about them.  He treated his patients all the same whether they were a regular patient or in the Psychiatric Ward.


Michael accepted Christ at an early age at the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church on the west side of Chicago under the pastorate of Reverend H. R. Stephenson.  He later joined the Apostolic Church of God under the pastorate of the late Bishop Byron T. Brazier.  


Michael was united in holy matrimony to love his life Renetta, affectionately called by him (Love Bird) on June 9, 1998.  Michael was the proud father of three children, Michael Jr., Marcel and Mikka Monique.  A proud grandfather of thirteen grandchildren; two step grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Michael was an excellent cook and was known for his “Michael Burgers.”  His favorite song was “You Saw the Best in Me” by Marvin Sapp.


Michael leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife and best friend (Love Bird), Renetta (2) sons, Michael Jr, Chicago, Illinois, Marcel, (Tamika) St. Paul, Minnesota, (1) daughter, Mikka Monique Chicago, Illinois; (13) grandchildren, (2) step grandchildren, Jonathan Payton and Albertina Edwards, Chicago, Illinois and (3) great grandchildren; father, Clois Collins, River Forest, Illinois (2) sisters Carolyn Collins-Jones (Arnold) Dekalb, Illinois sister, Cynthia Collins (who preceded him in death) (2) brothers, Claude Collins (Brenda), Romeoville, Illinois, Cortez Collins Forney, Texas (1) aunt Thelma Mosby Chicago, Illinois; his long time childhood friend, Ronald Horton, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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