The Rev. A. A. Collins, of the Amarillo Presbytery, was elected moderator to preside over the General Assembly by ensuing year.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1943, page 20]
Rev. A. A. Collins, moderator of the 113th General Assembly which met in Paducah, Ky., 1943, died at Lubbock, Texas, August 2.
He was 77 and due to failing heath had been retired for some ten years.
His residence at the time was at nearby Lamesa but he had come to Lubbock to visit his 94-year-old mother, Mrs. J. H. Webb. Although not particularly ill at the time he had complained of not feeling well and died in his sleep.
Funeral services were held on August 4, with Rev. Paul F. Brown officiating, assisted by the Lubbock pastor, Rev. Brown C. Welch.
The father of the officiating minister, the late Rev. F. A. Brown, and Brother Collins had been lifelong friends and had made a covenant that whoever survived the other would preach the other one's funeral. Brother Collins officiated at the late Brother Brown's funeral in 1938 and the Collins family felt it most fitting that F. A. Brown's son should conduct Brother Collins' funeral.
Surviving him are his wife, his mother, two sons, and two daughters.
During his more than half-century ministry he served churches in Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, and Oklahoma. At one time he served as a missionary among the Indians of Choctaw Presbytery. He joined the old Bartholomew Presbytery at the age of 15. His last sermons were preached in the Lubbock church, March 11, when the pastor was away holding a revival.
"The Cumberland church lost a friend in Brother Collins," comments the Lubbock pastor, and further states, "I shall miss his periodical visits to our church and the sincere prayers he always prayed."
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, August 1, 1951, page 4]
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1952, page 111]