Services set for retired educator, Cheryl Collins

A funeral service for a 33-year veteran educator will be held Friday at the Richardson Funeral Home.

Services will be held Friday for Cheryl Collins, 71, a former teacher at Barkdull Faulk and Georgia Tucker schools, will be Friday at the Richardson Funeral Home.

The services are being handled in Rayville by the Tennant Funeral Home, Rayville, LA. where visitation will be held at 5:00 pm 6:00 pm at Tennant Funeral Home, Rayville, LA on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

The Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 11:00 am at Richardson Funeral Home, Monroe, LA. Interment to follow at Richwood Memorial Gardens, Richwood, LA.

Her official obituary reads as follows:

Cheryl Collins, our beloved mother, grandmother, and sister was called home to glory to rest with Jehovah on May 31, 2021. Cheryl was born on July 13, 1949, to the late Eddie and Ozella Ricks in Rayville, Louisiana. She was one of ten children. Her beloved parents, two brothers (Lipton Marshall and Glen Williams), husband, and son preceded her in death.

She was united in matrimony to the late Wardell Collins at the age of 17 and to their union, four children were born. Her son, Gary Collins, died as an infant in 1968. She was a daughter, sister, wife, aunt, niece, cousin, retired Monroe City Schools (Barkdull Faulk and Georgia Tucker) educator of 33 years, breast cancer survivor, friend, but her most proud roles were as a mother and grandmother. She loved her sons and grandchildren. She loved her entire family and always expressed that love to all of them.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories: three devoted sons, Gregory Collins of Monroe, LA; Marcus Collins (Tasha) of Monroe, LA; Christopher Collins, Sr. (Tonya) of Baton Rouge, LA; Ten grandchildren, Jasmine Linder (Troy), Alise Grayson, Morgan Collins, McKenzie Collins, Macy Collins, Christopher Collins, Jr., Cidney Collins, Cayla Collins, and Jakobi Hill; sisters and brother, Brenda Ricks and Hope Jackson, Monroe, LA; Ella Yakubu, Debbie Jones (Mack), and Robin Ricks, Los Angeles, CA; Thomascine Watkins, Jacksonville, Tx; Runnel Ricks (Remilyn), New Orleans, LA; a special friend, Michael Jenkins as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Cheryl weathered many storms throughout her life. Through her faith and love, she conquered this life. Cheryl fought a good fight, she finished her course, and all while keeping her faith!