Earnest Leroy “Sonny” Collins
Graveside services for Earnest Leroy “Sonny” Collins, 68, Sulphur, were held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Green Hill Cemetery in Davis, with Pastor Willard McCartney, Jr. officiating. Services were under the direction of Funeral Home of Davis. Sonny was born May 1, 1948 in Sulphur to the late William Taylor and Effie Mae (Heldenbrand) Collins. He died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 in Sulphur. Sonny and the former Ms. Patricia Gaylene Madison were married on December 25, 1965 in Sulphur. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2003. Sonny grew up in Sulphur where he attended school. In August 1965, he joined the United States Army and served during the Vietnam era. Following an honorable discharge from the army in November of 1966, Sonny returned to Sulphur where he began a career in the restaurant industry. He operated the Arbuckle Café and Bill’s Drive Inn, both of Sulphur and later the Burger Supreme in Healdton. After many years in the restaurant business, Sonny began a second career in the oil field industry, where he worked as a rig hand until a work related accident forced him to retire in 1983. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to flea markets and garage sales, buying items and then selling them for profit. Sonny was an avid domino player and liked to cook. Of all the enjoyments of his life, his most favorite was spending time with his family. Survivors include two daughters, Terri (Collins) Vallun and husband Rickey, Pine Bluff, Ark. and Amanda (Collins) Gazaway and husband Tracy, Rison, Ark.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Sue Collins, Lawton; one brother, Archie Collins, Cache and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Sonny was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby and Wayne Collins. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Gary Harris, John Harris, Will Hines and Richard Norton. On-line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.