Dr. Robert N. McCollins
June 24, 1934 – November 19, 2022
On June 24th, 1934, in a log cabin in the hills of Chauncey, Ohio, Ray and Florence McCollins welcomed their second son named Robert Nelson McCollins. After a few years the family moved to Huntington, West Virginia where he spent the formative years of his life and developed his traits of hard work, loyal friendships, and his Christian Faith. It was also during this time that his athletic talents in baseball and football shone through. However, it was his football talents that excelled and resulted in a football scholarship to play for the Marshall thundering Herd. He was a 4-year starter earning four varsity letters, and in his senior year was named co-captain of the team and voted to a position on the Mid-American All Conference football first-team. In May 1956 he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Teachers College of then Marshall College. He received a second degree in August 1960 achieving a Master of Education from Marshall University. In the fall of 1956, he started his career in public education as a teacher, coach and ultimately into his legacy in guidance counseling serving as the Chairman of the Worthington High School Guidance Department. He was honored in 1968 and presented by the Delaware, Ohio Jaycees as the Outstanding Young Educator for the State of Ohio. Further desiring to continue helping people he pursued his Doctor of Philosophy from The Ohio State University where he was presented his diploma on September 1, 1983. He spent his final 15 years until his retirement as a family therapist helping many people and families with his gift of listening, quiet wisdom, and Christian principles for dealing with life’s challenges. It was those Christian principles, foundation and love for Jesus Christ and others that resulted in his committed service to the Christian Church serving 55 years as an Elder at Beechwold Church of Christ and as a founding member of Worthington Christian Church where he served on the Elder leadership team from the first day of September 7, 1975, until his glorious entry to Heaven on November 19th, 2022.
He is survived by Nancy McCollins, the love of his life for 70 years, 3 years “going steady” and 67 years as husband and wife. They journeyed those 70 years as Bob AND Nancy together and known to all. Further surviving is his son Robert (Bob) McCollins, granddaughter Megan Maple (McCollins) who was the pride of his life, her husband Matt Maple, and a most special great-grandson Grant Maple. Survived also by his brother George McCollins, former daughter in law Lynn McCollins and his favorite niece Cindy Jolliff and her husband David Jolliff. Many other nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews will dearly miss Uncle Bob.
A celebration of his wonderful life will take place starting at 5:00PM on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at Worthington Christian Church, 8145 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085. Following the service friends are invited to share a memory or story with the family in the church Atrium. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Worthington Christian Village, 165 Highbluffs Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43235.
We are grateful to the Shaw-Davis Funeral Homes and Cremation Services for their kind, gentle care in handling the arrangements. www.shaw-davis.com