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Services are held for Ella Kaye Collins




Ella Kaye Hammock Collins, 60, of Barbourville, died May 18.

Born at Jenkins, she was a daughter of the late Effie Morgan and Lester Hammock, a sister of the late Tommy Hammock, an aunt of the late Sarah Lisa Hammock and J. Ray Hammock, and a sister-in-law of the late Sammie Hammock.

She attended Whitesburg Grade and Whitesburg High schools, and was graduated with a bachelor’s of music education from Georgetown College.

Mrs. Collins had taught music in the Fayette County School System. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Barbourville where she accompanied the adult choir, played the organ, led the children’s choir programs, and taught Bible School. She gave piano lessons for 30 years in her home and at the Barbourville City School. She accompanied the Barbourville Elementary and Barbourville and Knox Central High School choirs, and was an assistant to the Community’s Children Chorus.

She was a member of the Barbourville Woman’s Study Club, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Club, and the Charolette Rock WMU Group at First Baptist Church. She received the KFWC/GFWC Empowered Club Woman of the Year Award for 2008. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Gideons.

Surviving are her husband, Andreae Reed Collins; three children, Andrea Kaye Grubb and husband Paul William Grubb, David Reed Collins and wife Amy Cecil Lynn Liford Collins, and Derek Lester Collins and wife Amy Louise Carnes Collins; grandchildren, Paula Kaye Grubb, Collin William Grubb, Cooper Reed, Cayden Luke Collins, and Ellie Jude Collins; two brothers, Don L. Hammock and wife Beverly, and Jack Hammock and wife Patricia; three nephews, John, J.D. and Todd; four nieces, Donna Spencer, Lynn McConnell, Debbie Frazier, and Mitzi Kincer; an uncle, Lennon Hammock; and two cousins, Marsha Mulkey and Billie Dove Higdon.

Funeral services were held May 25 at the First Baptist Church in Barbourville.


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