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David Collins, 74, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 in Chattanooga.  He was born in Chattanooga, attended Howard High School, served in the Air Force and retired from Norfolk Railroad. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Collins; parents, Phillip and Louise Collins; sister, Ophelia McClain and stepdaughter, Felicia Bey. His survivors include son, David (Maria) Collins Jr. of San Diego; daughters, Monica Asberry, Yolanda (Edward) Wynn and Veronica Collins, all of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Perry Thomas, Tiffany (Nate) Brooks, Breshia Asberry, all of Chattanooga, Victoria, Brandon, Natalie Collins and Nathan Miller all of San Diego, CA; step-grandson, Ramauro Tariq Bey, Baton Rouge, LA,; 4 great grandchildren, Perry Thomas, Jr., A’Breia Asberry, Tre’Shawn Derrick, Zi’Ryiah Brooks; nephews, Rickey (Dianne) Winston, Austell, GA, Phillip McClain, and Christopher Reel, both of Chattanooga; special friend, Terry Knowles.  Public viewing will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the funeral home. Private funeral services will be held. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.

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  • Friday, May 15, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Monday, May 25, 2020
    My deepest condolences to the family. David was my neighbor in St Elmo. Rest in peace.
    ~ Deborah Kelly   Chatt, TN
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    ~ Rick & Jenn Cochran   Chatta, TN
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. May peace and comfort be with each of you in the days ahead is our prayer. Vincinetta and Vincent Brown
    ~ Vincinetta Patton Brown   Chattanooga, TN
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Worked with dave for many years he was always fun to be around . Always helpful and a great friend. Talked with him several times after his retirement but lost contact with him and was sorry to hear of his passing . I will always remember our work years together . So long my friend. Your pal W.L. Vandergriff
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    I worked with David at the railroad for many years. He was my teacher as a student pipefitter. But,he was more than a coworker. I’m proud to say he was my friend! I will never forget all of his funny stories and jokes and his intoxicating laughter. He was very hard-working he enjoyed helping people on a job tenderhearted and would do anything for anybody. Rest in peace my friend
    ~ Chris Weaver   Red bank, TN