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Beatrice Lavera Collins

July 31, 1929 ~ June 2, 2022 (age 92)

Obituary

On Thursday, June 2, 2022, Beatrice Lavera Collins stepped into eternal joy at the age of 92. Lavera was born on July 31,1929 in Fairfield, Alabama to James Benjamin Wales and Annie Lee Argo Wales. She was raised in Pleasant Grove, Alabama where she met and married her husband, James Howard Collins. They spent about half of their 47 years of marriage traveling around the United States, Japan and Labrador while Howard was in the U. S. Air Force. Together, they raised their three sons, Gene, Ronald and Calvin.

Golf was a passion for both Lavera and Howard. They often traveled playing on many different courses. Her golfing talent aced three holes-in-one, an accomplishment she humbly enjoyed. She enjoyed landscaping her planters as Howard kept the lawn pristine. As a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, she cherished the time with her Sunday School class. Every Sunday, she enjoyed watching from the congregation as Howard was singing in the choir. She enjoyed having church family celebrations at her home in Shalimar, Florida. In the evenings, the squirrels and hummingbirds on her patio were always well fed. Her nurturing heart was balanced by her stubborn inclinations, her opinionated beliefs and her caring spirit.

Lavera was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, Howard and son, Calvin. She is survived by her sons, James Eugene Collins (Anne) and Ronald W. Collins (Wanda). She is also survived by grandchildren, Brian, Stephen, Michelle and Heather and their families, including nine great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022 at Davis Watkins Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32547.  A time of visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Graveside services will follow immediately at Beal Memorial Cemetery. Friends are invited to an informal reception with the family to be held at First Baptist Church of Ft. Walton Beach Family Life Center Cafe, immediately after the graveside ceremony.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
June 10, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Davis Watkins Funeral Home
113 Racetrack Road, N.E.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Funeral Service
Friday
June 10, 2022

11:00 AM
Davis Watkins Funeral Home
113 Racetrack Road, N.E.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Graveside Service
Friday
June 10, 2022

12:00 PM
Beal Memorial Cemetery
316 Beal Parkway, NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Reception
Friday
June 10, 2022

1:00 PM
First Baptist Church Fort Walton Beach
126 Harbeson Ave SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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