Ocie Evelyn Collins Wilson, 93, of the Jonesville Community in Oliver Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Methodist Medical Center after emergency surgery.
Evelyn was born April 11, 1919, in Campbell County to Joseph Uriah Collins and Emma Florence Ridenour. From age three, she was raised by her loving stepmother Martha Snodderly Collins.
Evelyn was the widow of Clarence C. Wilson, who died August 23, 1995. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Neil E. Wilson; daughter-in-law Theresa York-Wilson; four brothers, Homer, Hobert, Goebel, and James Virgil Collins; five sisters, Della Emma Collins, Goldie Collins Ridenour, Gertrude Sharpe, Lois Stokes, and Susan V. Collins.
She is survived by her sons, Wynn (Evelyn) of Oliver Springs, Ricky (Andrea) of Oak Ridge, Eddie of Knoxville, and daughter Beverly Cochran of Oliver Springs. Evelyn is also survived by daughter-in-laws Judy Harvey, Sonya Sharp, and Wanda Leeper. She had eight grandchildren: Megan, Amber, Spencer, Faith, Melissa, Tad, Rodney, and Shawn. She also had five great-grandchildren: Breana, Noah, Wyatt, Junior, and James. She is also survived by sister Estella Melton of Andersonville.
The family would like to give special recognition to her grandson Rodney and his wife Maristel for their five years of loving home care for Evelyn.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to your local Alzheimer’s organization.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Oliver Springs.