Terry Gene Collins, 75, of Rockport, Texas passed away November 19, 2018. Terry was born in Great Bend, Kansas on November 5, 1943 to Sanford Collins and Frances Thurman Collins. Terry grew up in Marshall, Texas where he was the pitcher for Marshall High School’s state-winning baseball team. He graduated high school in 1961.
Terry attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He graduated from U.T. in 1966, then attended law school at The University of Houston. While in law school, he was a part time junior-high history teacher. He was admitted to the Bar in 1970 and worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County from 1970-1974 before establishing a private practice as a board certified criminal defense attorney with other Houston attorneys that became his life-long friends. He practiced law for almost 49 years and handled over 20,000 cases. Terry is famous for being the first attorney to have business cards with your legal rights written inside, and for his trademark beard.
In addition to loving the law, Terry loved family. On April 18, 1987, he married his “lady in red”, Linda Marie Turner Collins and after many years of fishing vacations in Rockport-Fulton, he and Linda moved permanently to the area in 1997. Terry built a small law practice and quickly became part of the Rockport-Fulton family. He was a member of the Key Allegro Yacht Club and Rockport Country Club. He and Linda loved their Copano Bay home and especially their pier. Terry has three children: Kendall, from his first wife, Susan Henderson, and Stacy and Tommy. Together, they loved animals – lots and lots of animals. They had dogs, cats and most recently, added a flock of guineas to their furry and feathered family.
In recent years, Terry also discovered a new passion, the “practice” of golf. A natural athlete and former marathon runner, Terry quickly picked up the game, and he and Linda played often. He loved golf, even though his short game didn’t always love him back. He also taught criminal law classes at St. Leo University. He found great joy in teaching others how to love the law.
Terry was a great story-teller and over his life and career, his collection of interesting and entertaining stories grew, even though he seemed to tell the same ones over and over. He finally agreed to compile a collection of some of his best stories in his “Tales of a Texas Lawyer”, with a prologue that reads “read the book, and I think you will discover that the laugh is likely on me and I have written the book to make us both smile, so have fun and enjoy!”
He loved jokes. Mainly dumb-jokes…and because of his clumsy-nature and goofy sense of humor his family and close friends lovingly referred to him as Mr. MaGoo.
Terry was caring, thoughtful, smart, handsome, and his personality would humbly fill a room. He lived with honesty and integrity above everything else. Most of all, he loved life. He loved to laugh. He loved to love.
Terry is preceded in death by his father, Sanford; his mother, Frances; and his brother, Sandy. He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Kendall Smith (Rusty) of Midland, Texas; and their children, Elizabeth and Collins; daughter, Stacy Wussow (Shawn); and their daughter, Zoë of Spring Lake, North Carolina; son, Tommy Reifel (Alma); his daughter, Kirsten; and their two sons, Kaylob and Noah of Plato, Missouri; and two nephews, Key Collins of Houston, King Collins of California and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held Monday, November 26, 2018 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass, Texas at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please support your charity of choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.charliemarshallfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements entrusted to:
Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory
2003 W. Wheeler Ave
Aransas Pass, Texas 78336
So sorry for your loss
I knew Terry from high school in Marshall
I can tell from his postings on Facebook how much he loved his wife and his life
Prayers for his family and friends
Sandra Adams ThompsonHorseshoe Bay, TX
The world is a little darker place with Terry's absence. What I always admired about Terry when we met in the courtroom on a trial he practiced Law with decorum and professionalism. Meaning if you weren't prepared you were in for a long day, but never engaged in Chracter assassination. It was below him and he was too good of an attorney to stoop that low. Through years I was proud to have met him in the courtroom on opposing sides but more importantly to have formed a friendship with him.
Todd W KocianRockport, TX
My heartfelt condolences go out to you Kendall. As well of the rest of your family and may the soul of your daddy be at peace with our Heavenly Father. ... We are deeply saddened by your loss, our hearts go out to you and your loved ones and may our prayers guide his soul to our Heavenly Father. Our sincere condolences to the grieving families. In His precious name. Amen! We love you all.
Trisha ElliottMidland, TX
Linda, from the Lyles family to your family we send our condolences & our thoughts & prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Terry was a great man & a great lawyer! We had the pleasure of meeting Terry back in the early 80’s. He was always so kind & witty. I still remember all the times when he would stop by our office... he was always smiling & I remember that twinkle in his eyes when he smiled. Terry will be missed but the memories will live on. We will always be grateful for the opportunity we had to work with Terry & his clients all these years. Rest In Peace Terry.
Tina, Paul, & Kent Lyles
Tina LylesHouston, TX
Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with such a wonderful man.
Gregory KindleRockport, TX
Terry was a very good man. I will never forget how much he had helped me in my time of need. Condolences to Terrys family and close friends.
Nathan McBrideBay City, TX
I am so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. I enjoyed his stories and time I have spent with he and Linda, the love of his life. I admired his mild mannered disposition and his kindness to others. He will be missed.
Janine DubcakFRIENDSWOOD, TX
Our thoughts and prayers to Linda and the family. I knew Mr. Collins because I worked for Marvin Stump and also he represented my brother. He was always nice to me. I am sad to hear of this. He looked very happy in every photo on the video. He always had a smile. He sure posted lots about his “sweetie” on Facebook. May God bless you all.
Anna HagaRockport, TX
My condolences to Linda and the Collins family circle.
Terry was a gentle soul, always a smile. Terry you will always be remembered and missed with love.
Jacqueline McCreaRockport, TX
My sincere condolences to Linda and family.
Carla ReedPortland, TX
Many many hugs Linda. Terry was a wonderful gentleman, and will be missed by many. The video memorial was beautiful. Mike and I both feel very honored to have met and known him, if only a little. God be with you and all his loved ones.
Teresa ThibodeauxBreaux Bri, LA
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and yours, Linda! Hugs, prayers, and all of your beautiful memories will help to caress you in this time of need. So very sorry for your loss!
Patty HintonSouth Bend, IN
Linda, Kendall, and Terry’s whole family… I am so deeply saddened by the loss of a wonderful father, husband, grandfather and friend. Terry was one of the most kind and generous men I’ve ever known. There will always be hole in our universe that his gentle soul filled with his love, humor and caring way.
Back in the day (the early 80’s!) when I called or made a visit, TC would require the secret password: “Roastin’ Ears.” I never knew why but that always entertained us! Terry always took care of and took in a grand assortment of friends, family and animals. Generous to a fault, he was a larger than life character with a great big heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Teri DavisChappell Hill, TX
Our deepest condolences to the Collins family. He was a great guy, always a smile on him. Treated everyone he met with respect no matter who they were. You will be missed.
Nancy SleethRockport, TX
Big love to you, Linda, and all your family.
Suzannah Cox BarnebeyRockport, TX
Paul HamiltonVictoria, TX
So sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.
Jo DeLay-KoppTraverse City, MI
Terry and Roger have been best friends for 42 years. When Roger and I first started dating 14 years ago, he told me stories about his buddy Terry and how he wanted me to meet he and his wife Linda. I did, and we became the best of couple friends. Terry was our best man and Linda was my matron of honor! So many wonderful memories and laughter. Words cannot describe how much we will miss T.C., as Roger called him! Our hearts are broken for Linda and his family! He loved them so very much! Soar with the angels T.C. You are forever in our hearts and the world is a darker place without you! Rest in peace sweet friend. We will never forget you!
Marsha and Roger Poser
Marsha Poserhumble, TX