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Mercer Collins

d. August 1, 2021


Mercer Collins, of Oxford, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the age of 74. Mr. Collins proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1965 – 1969. He was a member of Golden Fleece Lodge #6 for 51 years, a member of First Baptist Church of Covington and attended services at Stewart Community Church. Mr. Collins enjoyed working with his hands making handmade pens, walking canes, keychains, whittling, and various other woodworking projects. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to the Lodge, coaching Masonry, and fishing with catfishing being his favorite. Mr. Collins loved spending time with his family – especially his grandson, Jackson, who lovingly referred to him as Pappy, and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius “RIP” and Margaret Austin Collins; brother-in-law, Franklin Stewart.

Survivors include his loving wife, Elsie Collins of Oxford; daughter, Pam Stephens of Oxford; son, James Mercer Collins, Jr. (Sarah) of Oxford; grandson, Jackson Austin Collins; sister, Penny Stewart of McDonough; mother-in-law, Mogene Cawthon of Covington; nephew, Jeff Stewart (Jennifer); as well as various loving family and friends.

A Funeral Service for Mr. Collins will be held Thursday, August 5, 2021, 3:00 P.M., at Stewart Community Church, 13645 Highway 36, in Covington, with Pastor Jason Johnson officiating and a Masonic graveside service following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. Friends are invited to visit with the family Wednesday, August 4, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stewart Community Church.

Governor Brian Kemp’s latest executive order has eliminated restrictions on large gatherings; however, CDC guidelines recommend social distancing (6 feet apart) and wearing of masks while in public.  Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home requests that you observe these recommendations while in our funeral home attending visitations and/or services.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Dogwood Hill Crematory - Access Road Location

1215 Access Road, Covington, GA 30014

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Funeral Service

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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