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Sgt. Major John "Rip" Winston Collins

October 1, 1931 ~ August 10, 2017 (age 85)

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Sgt. Major John “Rip” Winston Collins, 85, of Morehead City, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 due to a battle with cancer. 

Rip served 30 years in the Marine Corps., serving at 8th & 1 in Washington, DC. He served in Korea in 1950 and served 2 tours in Vietnam. Rip received several awards for his service to our country.

He is survived by his wife Freddie of the home; sons, Harvey Ellis and wife Sara of Cape Carteret, and Rodney Ellis and wife Shirley of Morehead City; 2 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Julia Collins; and his son, Timothy Collins Ellis.

Burial will be at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville at a later date.

The family of John W. Collins would like to thank everyone involved for their assistance and support.

Online condolences may be made at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory, Morehead City, NC.  


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