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Jason Ray Collins
March 17, 1976 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 47) 47 Years Old
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In the raw and unfiltered streets of Kingston, Georgia, a legend by the name of Jason Ray Collins took his last ride on the wild side, closing his eyes for the final time on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Born into the world with a rebel's heart on March 17, 1976, to the late Thomas Ray Collins and Margie Marie Gilmore Collins, Jason lived a life that novels are made of – full of twists, turns, and tales that would keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Collins lineage, rich with the spirits of those who've passed before him - his parents, his grandparents, and a host of aunts and uncles - now count Jason among their number in the realm beyond this one. Yet, his legacy burns bright in the lives of those he's left behind: his ride-or-die, Jessica Collins; his kids, Corbin Ray, E. Lie Thomas, Tamara N., and Tailey R.; his step-warriors, Josh, Joseph, and James Sutherland; his siblings, Gary Lamar Collins and Mindy Collins Roderick; and the young ones following in his footsteps, his nephew Dallas Bruce Collins and nieceTesla Roderick.
Jason punched the clock as a service technician at Lube Tech, a gig that kept him hustling but happy, ensuring his family never wanted for anything. But that job title never really did him justice. Jason was a force of nature, a man who lived by his own rules, chasing the adrenaline rush of life with a passion for fast cars, the allure of beautiful women, and the thrill of a dollar earned on the hustle.
His heart? It beat for his family. His soul? It was woven into the fabric of the streets that raised him. Jason's smile was infectious, his humor sharp, and his spirit unbreakable. He was a hustler, through and through, a name that echoed in the alleys and avenues of Rome. The streets that cradled him from boyhood returned his love, embracing him as one of their own.
Yet, for all his swagger and street smarts, Jason knew God, walked with shadows, and danced on the edge of light and dark. His path, marked by choices that led him through valleys shadowed by trouble, was his alone to walk. But those who knew him, knew his heart was pure gold.
As we lay Jason to rest in the sacred ground of Lindale Cemetery, his brothers-in-arms, Todd Lindsey, Nicky Townsend, Jesse Townsend, the Sutherland trio - Josh, Joseph, James - alongside Shane McClarty, and Phillip Mulkey, will carry him home. And standing in honor, Chris Pierce, Rocky Hatfield, William Jones, and Steven Erives will remember him as the legend he was.
Jason Ray Collins – a man of the streets, a lover of life, and a fighter to the end. May the roads rise to meet him, and may he find peace in the arms of the angels.
Parnick Jennings Good Shepherd Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.