Martha was a native of Carter County and a daughter of the late B.A. Sr. and Effie Crawford Joines. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Collins; two grandchildren, Charles and Serena Carol; one sister, Alpha Tester; four brothers, Norman Joines, Elmo Joines, B.A. Joines Jr. and Haden Joines.
Martha was a loving mother and devoted wife, she retired from North American Rayon Corp. after 48 years of service. She was a member of Watauga Valley Freewill Baptist church, she loved to cook and enjoyed canning. She loved spending time with her family and her church family.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Judy Richardson, and her husband Dr. James Richardson, of Elizabethton; three grandchildren, Donnie Richardson, and his wife Brenna, Charice Arnold, and her husband Kenneth, Chris Richardson, and his fiancée Magen Pebbles; four great grandchildren, McKenna Richardson, Stephen Richardson, Lucas Richardson, K.J. Arnold; one great granddaughter, Jordon Hillman; one sister, Beatrice Tester, and her husband Clyde; one brother-in-law, Mack Collins, and his wife June; three sister-in-law’s, Darlene Collins, Lyndal Lowe, Phyllis Davis; and Tyler Salo whom she treated like a grandson; several nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to honor the life of Martha will be held at 7:00 PM Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Dr. James Richardson and Reverend Bill Greer, officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday prior to the service from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM in the chapel.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers will be Keith Williams, Eddie Lewis, Wayne Davis, Mike Lowe, Sherrill Perry, Ronnie Keller, James Arnold and Kevin Collins. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at 12:15 PM on Wednesday, at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, to go in procession to the cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Joy Whitehead and Dawn Lowe, and Amedisys Hospice for the love and care shown to Martha.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting our website at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guestbook. Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton is proudly serving the Collins family. Office : (423) 542-2232; obituary recorded line: (423) 543-4917.