Cory Ray Collins, 24, of Harrisburg, passed away 4:25 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at near Cave-In-Rock.
He was born on May 15, 1989, in Goldsboro, N.C.
Cory is survived by his mother, Teresa Collins and friend, Hugh Zaranti of Harrisburg; his father, Neal Collins of Clifton Park, N.Y.; one son, Nathan Andrew Collins of Ridgway; his aunt, Ida and Brad Evans; cousin, Hanna Evans of Creal Springs; Cory’s grandmothers, Kay Smith of Equality, Edith and Ken Bolen of Herrin; and his grandfather, Timbrook and Vivian Collins of Jenkins, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Ray Smith. Those that knew Cory will always remember how much he adored his son Nate. How much he loved music and playing his guitar. How he always saw the best in everyone. How deeply he loved his family and friends. Cory touched many lives in his short 24 years. He will be so dearly missed.
The following is a poem that Cory had written:
I’m so sick of emotions and aches in my soul
I do my best to let ’em rest or just let them go
I must confess that this world is a mess
Won’t somebody find the antidote
Got an isolated heart and a brain that won’t start
Oh no, it just won’t start
Paranoid eye’s glance from far away
And from the east to west
People act as if they ain’t who they say
Yes it’s sad and yes it’s blue.
But everybody knows, its all very true.
So earth please keep your candle lit
Now I’ll open my eyes and rethink things for just a little bit.
Graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Leavell Hill Cemetery near Junction. The Rev. James R. Hubbard will be officiating. Everyone attending should go directly to the cemetery. Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality will be in charge of arrangements. Internet condolences may be sent at the website, www.vickeryfuneralchapel.com.