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Obituary of Joshua L. Collins, Geneva County, Alabama.

Joshua L. Collins died at his home, in Geneva County, Ala., March 22, 1916. He was born in Chambers County, Ala., in 1838. His parents moved to Tallapoosa County, and in 1856 he settled in Dale County, now Geneva. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Confederate army as a private in Company G, 33d Alabama Regiment, and was in active service until the end. Brave and loyal to the Southern cause, he went through many battles and endured the hardships of the four long years and was never wounded. In the battle of Chickamauga he had thirty-six bullet holes shot through his clothing, with no injury to himself. He was in a train wreck near Knoxville, Tenn., where many were killed and wounded, and he came out unhurt.

"Uncle Josh" had great faith in Divine Providence and died trusting in the great Father of light. When the din of battle and scenes of war were over, he returned to his native home did what he could to recuperate from the losses of the war. He was twice married and is survived by his second wife, two sons, and one daughter. In 1878 he was ordained in the Primitive Baptist Church at Old Mount Gilliard and had been annually called to fill that stand and had acted as moderator for the thirty-eight years in that Church. In 1915, when he was called to accept it for the thirty-ninth time, some of the brethren proposed to give him a call for life; and he made the remark that "this call may be for life," and so it was.

"Uncle Josh" will be greatly missed. He was a great lover of peace, a good husband, and a kind and loving father. He was a man of kind and sympathetic heart, always ready to help those who needed a friend. In his years of service to God and his fellow man he reared seven orphaned children and did for them all that was in his power to do. He was a friend to all and always sttod for that which was uplifting to this community, morally and spritually. On the 22d of March, 1916, surrounded by his family and many lifelong friends, he peacefully breathed his last. By his request his great-grandson, Rev. Alex Collins, held the funeral services. He was laid away in the old churchyard at Mount Gilliard, no more to awake from the rest that is promised to him who fought the good fight.

[Tribute by W. M. Burch.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1916.

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