Donald Clayton Collins, 75, of Clarksville, Del., passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a long illness. He was born Dec. 25, 1941, in Roxana, Del., the seventh of seven children of Eli Collins and Agnes (McCabe) Collins.
Collins was a merchant seaman with Sun Oil Company for 20 years and with Local 333 for five years.
In addition to his parents, Collins was preceded in death by his brothers Donald and Eli and a sister, Wanda Collins Conley. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice (Murray) Collins; four daughters, Elaine Coulbourn and her husband, John, of Frankford, Del., Dana Boucher and her husband, Rob, of Millsboro, Del., Lisa Lewis and her husband, Al, of Dagsboro, Del., and Donna Hudson and her husband, Allen, of Frankford; three brothers, John Collins and his wife, Grace, of Wenonah, N.J., Leroy Collins of Bellingham, Wash., and Lewis Collins of Seaford, Del.; six grandsons; a granddaughter; and five great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. at St George’s Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. A celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. at the Georgia House, 119 Main Street, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice; 20165 Office Cir., Ste. 2; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.