BELOVED PATRIARCH REMEMBERED
James Lee Collins, retired Executive Vice President of Picoma Industries, Inc. died May 14, 2018 in Wheeling, W.Va. He was 93 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Wilma Lois (Holler) Collins and their four children and spouses: Tim Chris Collins of Downingtown, Pa., Kirk Tracy Collins of Wheeling, W.Va., Scott Collins of Grand Rapids, MI, and Stacey Phil Tearne of Dunn Loring, Va.; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren complete the family: Ryan, Megan, Erin, James Lee II, Haleigh, Carly, Austin, Meredith, Carson, Shelby, Sienna, Riley, Spencer, Bryce, and Anna.
In 1943, he was an honor graduate of the former Wheeling High School and graduated from Bethany College with honors in 1949. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1943-1946. His 46 year career in sales began after graduation from college in 1949 with Firestone Tire Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio; Imperial Glass Corp., Bellaire, Ohio; Picoma Industries, Inc., Martins Ferry, Ohio; Pittsburgh Mfg. Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Mull Industries, Inc., Wheeling, W.Va. He never missed a day of school or work.
After his 34 year tenure at Picoma Industries, he became President of Pittsburgh Mfg. Co. and was later invited to become Vice President of Marketing with Mull Industries, Inc. which was his last and final position before his retirement at age 70. A career of sales management afforded him the opportunity and responsibility to travel all 50 states of our great country.
He was an active Bethanian after his graduation from college: Bethany College Board of Trustees member for over 35 years; past President of Bethany’s Alumni Association; elected to Bethany College’s Football Hall of Fame; Charter Member of Bethany’s Kalon Honor Society; past President of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity; recipient of the Bethany College Distinguished Service Award. In later years, he was past President of the Ohio Valley Board of Approved Basketball Officials; past President and founder of the original Wheeling Outdoor Basketball League; past President of the Wheeling Hospital Board of Directors; elected to the Medical Park Foundation Board and President of the Williamsburg Condominium Association in Wheeling, W.Va.
Athletically, he was very active beginning with his high school days and continuing throughout his life. He was a two-event champion in both track swimming, and Captain-Elect of his college football team. He played basketball in both high school and college. Coached and played basketball in several independent circles. As an adult, he actively participated in handball, golf and tennis.
He thoroughly enjoyed and loved his family and his many friendships over the years. He wishes to be remembered as a true patriot of our great and beloved country.
Friends are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., May 19 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph,with Msgr. Kevin Quirk as celebrant. Moundsville Honor Guard will conduct full military honors after the Mass. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Catholic Charities, Corpus Christi Church or the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Arrangements by the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling, WV 26003
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com
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