Obituaries: Collins, Dallas R.

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Dallas R. Collins, often known as “DR” by friends and associates in the automotive industry, 89, of Harrisville, West Virginia, returned home to be with our Lord on October 1, 2022, after a brave and fierce battle with health issues has come to an end.

Dallas was born on December 17, 1932, in Pennsboro, West Virginia, the only child of Franklin L. and Juanita V. (Dotson) Collins. He attended school in Pennsboro and graduated with the class of 1952. After graduation, Dallas enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country with honor in Frankfurt, Germany, for four years. While on active duty, Dallas was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), Good Conduct Medal, and Air Crewman Insignia.

In 1957, upon his return to Pennsboro, he married Dolores Miller and they had two children, Leza Collins Davidson and Greg Collins.

Immediately after returning from service, Dallas went to work for Western Electric before finding his calling in the automotive business. He went to work for Robinson Motors in Harrisville, West Virginia in 1960.

In 1962, Dallas became part owner of Robinson Motors, where he continued to serve the residents of Ritchie and several surrounding counties as one of the area’s “best and most trusted car dealerships” for over 30 years. Dallas was a man who NEVER met a stranger and he was well liked and respected by those whose paths he crossed in the automotive business.

After Robinson Motors closed in 1985 and until his retirement in 2000, Dallas continued in the automotive business in Harrisville, WV, with Ritchie Auto Sales, the used car lot he owned and operated with his son. single, Greg Collins.

In 1990 Dallas met Carolyn McVay Starcher of Parkersburg, West Virginia, who was his companion for 32 years and cared for him until the very end.

Carolyn’s son, Michael Starcher (wife Angie) of Jeffersonville, Ohio, was also a part of Dallas life as Mike viewed Dallas as a father figure.

Along with Carolyn and her children Leza and Greg, Dallas is survived by her grandsons, Joshua Ryan Davidson (who, like his grandfather, served his country in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan), and Steven” Tyler” Davidson of Parkersburg, VM.

Dallas is also survived by his dear cousin Eileen Dotson of Nashville, Tennessee, with whom he often chatted on the phone to discuss the latest Nascar race (they were both die-hard Earnhardt fans) or a Steeler Soccer.

Dallas was predeceased by his father and mother, Frank & Juanita Collins, and his sisters, Donna Collins Francis and Ada Ruth Collins Mercer and his adorable furbaby Yorkie and loyal companion, “Buddy”.

When the Dallas kids were growing up, there were always fun summer vacations in Myrtle Beach, SC (often with other Ritchie County friends) that gave the family lots of fond memories. He enjoyed spending weekends with his family on the many farms he owned over the years in Ritchie County. Other treasured memories of his family include many weekend boating trips to his summer home in Happy Valley, Parkersburg, WV.

Per Dallas’ last wishes, there will be no public funeral service and a private memorial service will be held with his family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Dallas requested that donations be made in her name to the Ritchie County Humane Society, 2220 Pullman Road, Harrisville, West Virginia 26362, to help take care of her furbaby friends. The Humane Society will send an acknowledgment to the Dallas family for any donations made in their name and will send a “thank you” to the donors.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc. of Grantsville, WV, made final arrangements for Dallas. Online condolences can be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com

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