Benjamin F. Collins Jr., 73, died on August 1, 2022. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio to Benjamin F. Collins Sr. and Maddie Mae Collins.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Earl W. Collins.
Benjamin is survived by his daughter Norma (Andy) Hernandez of Alice, son Justin Smith of Virginia, brother Ronnie Collins of Denver, Colorado, sister Gail Collins of Florida, nieces Missy, Susie, Beverly, nephews Earl Jr. and Benny, grandchildren Mariah (Ron) Garza of Kingsville, Manuel Hernandez of Alice, Nevaeh Smith of Virginia, great-grandchildren Alexis and Dominique Garza of Kingsville.
Benjamin served in the US Army from 1967-1972 where he was stationed in Vietnam. Upon his departure from the military he became a long-distance truck driver until his retirement. He enjoyed time with family and friends and enjoyed Menudo and had a passion for fishing and hunting.
Pallbearers included Robert Maldonado, Manuel Hernandez, and Johnny Maldonado. Visitation was held on Monday, August 8 at Trevino Royal Oaks Funeral Chapels from 3 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 9 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment followed at the VFW Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Trevino Royal Oaks Funeral Chapels, Pearsall.