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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Betty Collins

Betty B. Collins (Bagwell)

Monday, April 8th, 1935 - Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
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Betty Bagwell Collins was born on April 8, 1935 in Accomack County, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Charlie B. Bagwell and Viola Roberts Bagwell. Betty lived, loved life, and her family until she was called home Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Shore Health & Rehabilitation Center in Parksley, Virginia.

Betty attended Accomack County Public Schools. She worked at Whispering Pines Hotel for several years, where she met Milton Collins. Milton and Betty entered into wedlock on February 10, 1958 and she then moved to Onancock, Virginia with Milton and family. Shortly after, Betty began working for Richard & Virginia Hall, Sr., where she worked until 2017. The Halls were her second family, they loved and treated Betty as a member of the family, not an employee.

After the death of Milton, Betty worked hard and then purchased her house on Bagwell Lane with the white fence. She loved her fence because her father Charlie built the fence for her. Betty loved her family near and far. When family and friends would come and visit Accomac, Betty’s house was their first stop and when they departed Accomac, Betty’s house was the last stop. You could always count on a big smile, some food to eat, and some beverages. Betty loved to cook and was famous for her mac-n-cheese and chicken salad. She loved Christmas and New Year’s, because she would vacation in New Jersey with her brother, Donald and sister-in-law, Alberta. She would organize the family reunions and would play her music and dance. Her favorite song, I’ll Take You There by the Staple Singers, would become her family’s anthem. There are so many things Betty did well that would gain the hearts of many. She was loved by many and had many names, such as “Lefty, Big Betty, and Betty Bell.”

She was preceded in death by: husband, Milton Collins; father, Charlie B. Bagwell; mother, Viola Roberts Bagwell; brothers, Rosco, Floyd, George and Ernest; and sisters, Doris Ann, Thelma, Oneita, and Gladys.

She leaves to cherish her memory: sister, Arnetta Custis of Tasley, VA; brothers, Nathaniel (Delores) of Phildelphia, PA and Donald (Alberta) of Paterson, NJ; one sister-in-law, Patricia Bagwell of Jackson, NJ; one brother-in-law, Zollie Branch of Paterson, NJ; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Macedonia A.M.E. Church
    23536 Church Rd.
    ACCOMAC, VA 23301
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 1:00pm
    Macedonia A.M.E. Church
    23536 Church Rd.
    ACCOMAC, VA 23301
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    Rev. Andre P. Jefferson, Jr.
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 1:00pm
    Household of Ruth Cemetery
    Blue Lane
    ACCOMAC, VA 23301
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Diane Garris Catoe

Posted at 01:02pm
Rest In Peace Betty. My Grandma Mrs Eula Garris Hope and my Aunt Mag were crazy about you especially while working at Whispering Pines together.I have fond memories of you Diane Garris Catoe


Posted at 12:00am
My deepest sympathy to the family of my beloved friend, Betty. Betty was a beautiful person whom I had the pleasure of knowing since our days of High School. We grew up together, we shared our dreams and our plans for life, for we both shared a zest for life and a commitment to GOD. Betty was kind, thoughtful and always extending her hospitality to others. As life unfolded and I would visit home to Accomac, a visit to see Betty was a joy i looked forward to. On my visit in July, where she continued to fight the good fight, we talked and prayed together, and shared some memories. I am so thankful for her friendship, my sister in Christ. Thank you GOD for giving, if only for a short time, your loving child Betty. To go be the glory.

EMILY WHARTON SAMPLE Posted at 08:59am

To GOD be the glory.

Dottie Allen

Posted at 01:49pm
Betty’s house was always your first stop coming into Accomac and your last stop before leaving Accomac. You could always count on a smile, something to eat or a glass of juice. She was the person to always keep the family up-to-date with family news. You could also count on Betty to give it to you like or is; no sugar coating her words. SIP Betty you may not be with her on earth but you will always remain in our hearts and minds

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