Edith 'Stella'  Collins

Edith 'Stella' "'CC'" Collins (Stokes)

November 18, 1946 - May 15, 2021
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Edith Stokes ‘Stella’ Collins, 74, of Abbeville, wife of the late Allen T. ‘Buddy’ Collins died Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Hospice & Palliative Care House in Greenwood. She was born in Florence County to the late Buck and Rhetta Tollison Stokes.

Affectionately known as ‘CC’, Stella was a 1964 graduate of Hartsville High School. She was enthusiastically involved with the Abbeville High School Softball Team and a faithful member of South Side Baptist Church. Her life was dedicated to loving children; her own, as well as those, she cared for through the years. Stella owned and operated Stella’s Day Care for 49 years. She was a friend who constantly provided love and care whenever there was a need. Stella leaves a legacy to inspire all of us who knew and loved her.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Allen ‘Bucky’ Collins, Jr.

Stella is survived by her two sons, Tim Collins (Terri) of Abbeville and Lee Collins (Crystal) of Greenwood; and six grandchildren, Molly Collins, Mary Brian Boyles (Tyler), Timothy Brian Collins, Jr., Caitlin Collins, Chase Collins and Cassie Collins; and a sister, Ann Parker.

A celebration of Stella’s life will be 11:00AM Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in Grace United Methodist Church with Pastor Tripp Speer officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Stella, may be sent to the Abbeville High School Softball Team, 701 Washington St., Abbeville, SC 29620.

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Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the Collins family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    May 19, 2021 |
    May 19, 2021
    Grace United Methodist Church
    Family to receive friends following the service.
  • Service

    May 19, 2021 | 11:00am
    May 19, 2021 11:00am
    Grace United Methodist Church
  • Interment

    Greenwood Memorial Gardens
    Burial will be private


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Charlie, Ash, Nicolas, Zadah, and Eva Miller sent flowers to the family of Edith 'Stella' "'CC'" Collins (Stokes).
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Diane Parnell

Posted at 11:41am
The Parnell family was very sad to here of CC’s passing. She helped raise Tripp and Shannon. If we needed her she was always there for us. We all loved her!! Buck, Diane, Tripp and Shannon Parnell

Tabitha Thomas-Curenton

Posted at 11:20pm
Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers! Never got the opportunity to meet Ms. Collins in person but was able to meet her on FaceTime due to Covid. Just speaking with her over the phone let me know that the children she kept was in great hands!! I was really looking forward to having annual visits with her but God had other plans.
Childcare licensing specialist
Tabitha Curenton

Bonita Lovette

Posted at 09:50pm
Dear Tim, Lee, and family,
We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Stella was a dear friend to second mama while living in Abbeville. I will never forget how she loved my family and took care of me after I had my first baby. She taught me so much about the importance of family, and she and Buddy certainly loved all of you. We were blessed to have known her. Our prayers are with you.
Donnie and Bonita Lovette

Ashleigh Miller

Posted at 01:39pm
As a mother, not knowing anyone in was such a comfort to find Stella and know I could trust her with my babies (Zadah and later Eva). I will never forget her feisty words of wisdom and guidance. She was the only person I ever saw Charlie defer to (quite a fete). Dependable, strong, honest, and generous, CC loved our girls like her own without reservation. Our family will miss her dearly. I will always be grateful for the role she played in raising our girls. Sincere condolences to her family, especially her beloved grandbabies. She left a powerful legacy. - A.Miller

Marlene Dalrymple

Posted at 11:28am
To Tim, Lee and all the grandchildren, I send my deepest sympathy to each of you in the loss of your mom and grandmother. My best remembrance of Stella was her deep compassion of love for her family and the many many children she took care of for so many years in her home. Stella was a "rock" to her family. She didn't hesitate to step in and take over when things needed to be taken care of. When her husband, my brother, Buddy became ill suddenly and was paralyzed she took care of him with all she had without any hesitation. I remember Stella as a "get things done" kind of person and had a strong fortitude. She will be missed by her family and many others who knew her. Rest in Peace Stella. You are now with your beloved "BUDDY" in Heaven.

Marlene Collins Dalrymple

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