Born January 14, 1940, in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Andy and Ida Gayheart Collins. He was a disabled coal miner, and a member of U.M.W.A. Local Union 5899, of Wheelwright.
He is survived by his wife, Daisy Marie Harris Collins.
Other survivors include two sons: Dewey Collins Jr., and John David Collins, both of Hi Hat; a daughter, April Elizabeth Lawson of Keokee, Virginia; two sisters: Judy Moore of Price, and Colletta Burchett, of Salyersville; grandchildren: Steven Lawson, Dustin, Alexander Collins, Justin Tyler Collins, John David Collins Jr., Amber Nicole Collins, Justin Prater, Rebecca Lynn Prater, Tyler Rutherford, and Ethan John Collins; and one great-grandchild, Bethany Carol Lawson.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, December 12, at 1 p.m., at the Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, in Martin, with Old Regular Baptist ministers officiating.
Burial was in the Boyd Cemetery, at Hi Hat, under the direction of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home.
Visitation was at the funeral home.