Benjamin Collins Obituary (1923-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Collins, Jr., Benjamin F.

November 4, 1923 – November 6, 2021

Benjamin Franklin Collins, Jr., 98, of Greensboro passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The funeral will take place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pocket Presbyterian Church in Sanford, NC, where Mr. Collins will be at 12:00 noon at the State will lie Afterwards, the burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Mr. Collins was born in Weldon, NC, to the late Benjamin Franklin Collins, Sr., and Necie Keeter Collins. He was preceded in death by his 58-year-old wife Doris Marie Gilliam Collins; Siblings, Marjorie Campbell, Helen King, Babs Evans, and Rev. Donald Collins.

Mr. Collins had a very remarkable career. In January 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps (now the US Air Force). He was a member of the 81st Bomb Squad, 12th Bomb Group, 10th Air Force. As a radio operator of a B25 bomber, he flew 79 combat missions in the China-Burma-India theater and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters. After his military service he went to UNC-Chapel Hill, enrolled at the School of Pharmacy, where he met his wife Doris and married. He and Doris became the owners of the Crutchfield-Browning Drug Store in Greensboro in the 1960s and worked side by side until they retired in 1991.

Ben loved serving others. He was a scout leader, president of a Rotary club in Greensboro, a deacon, and Sunday school teacher at his Guilford Park Presbyterian church. As an avid Carolina fan, he enjoyed organizing trips and donating to numerous charities.

He enjoyed the hunt with the favorite call “Over the Field”. Ben also enjoyed fishing, telling jokes and loving animals. He loved cooking for people and always had an extra seat at the table for anyone who was around.

Mr. Collins leaves his children Elizabeth C. “Beth” Earle (Kenneth) of Greensboro, Steven Franklin Collins of Greensboro, and Cornelia M. “Connie” Collins (Theron Johnson) of Liberty, and Theron’s children Tiffany Johnson Jones (Derek) and Ryan Johnson (Monica); two grandchildren, Alexander B. Earle (Emily) and Lindsay Earle DeFalco (Derek); four great-grandchildren, Connor, Jack, Dylan and Blake.

Memorial donations can be made at Pocket Presbyterian Church, 669 Pocket Church Rd., Sanford, NC 27330; or to Guilford Park Presbyterian Church, 2100 Fernwood Dr., Greensboro, NC 27408.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are from Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.

Rogers Pickard Funeral Home

509 Carthage Street

Published by Greensboro News & Record on November 10, 2021.

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