James Ray Collins

James Ray Collins Jr. (Jim), 37, passed away on the evening of Monday, April 9th, 2012. Viewing will be on Sunday, April 15th, from
5-7 p.m. at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas. A ceremony will be held Monday, April 16th, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. Interment will follow at the Bryan City Cemetery.
James was born August 17th, 1974 in Winfield, Illinois, the son of the late Linda (Dimas) Collins and James Collins Sr. On April 11, 1998, he married Julie Staggs Collins, who survives. He served honorably as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from April 1998 until February 2003. In July 2008, he joined the Brazos County Precinct 4 Fire Department and served as a Firefighter & EMT.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Marie (Dimas) Collins.
He is survived by his wife Julie Joann Collins; daughter, Chelsea McAdams; son, James Ray Collins III (Trey); daughter, Sydney Marie Collins; father, James Ray Collins Sr. and wife Marci Collins; brother, Matthew John Collins and wife Carria Collins, and their sons Cristopher Collins and Chandler Collins; brother, Jason Simpson; sister, Toby Simpson; grandparents, Jack Collins, Tom & Shirley Swanson, John & Mary Dimas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and great friends.


  1. To Julie and Family
    My prayer and thought go out to you and your family for a sad lost. Even if i only knew Jim for a short time,he was a great person. He Will surely be miss.

  2. Julie, i am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you, Julie, that God will give you the courage to face this and peace of mind. If there is anything you need or anything i can do for you, please don’t hesitate to tell me. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BERNICE ONDRASEK

  3. Julie,my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about. May the comfort of GOD help you during this difficult time.

  4. We would like to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences. We are saddened to hear about the loss of your family member, our neighbor, and fellow service member. We pray that your family finds strength to help you through this tough time. We will cherish the moments when Jim would visit us on 2200 Puma. -Gilbert and Sheila Yguearbide

  5. I am so very sorry for your loss, Jim was such a dear man and I sincerely wish I had had a chance to know him longer. Peace be with your family.

  6. I only met Jim about 6 months ago….but we are family at ems and a loss of anyone there hits us all…..I pray that your family will find peace. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Fir the paths we have all taken are not the smoothest, and we will never know the pain he felt….just know that he was a good maxn wsho did great things….and that is who will last in our memories.

  7. Julie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Matthew– I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Please know that I am praying and keeping your family in my thoughts daily since I heard the news. You are a very special person and know that you have friends that care about you and your loved ones. You take care of yourself and your family.

  9. Julie, God will take care of you and the kids. We are here anytime for you guys. We love you and always remember that Jim loved all of you so much.

  10. We are heartbroken that this has happened. In the short time that we were given to share with Jim, he made a very positive impression on us. He was always a consummate gentleman and a friend to hold close to our hearts. He will be greatly missed by those that were lucky enough to know him and our condolences go out to Julie, the kids and all of his family and close friends. We both wish we had been allowed to spend more time with such a fine young man.
    As our friend would say, “That was a good’un right there.” God bless you all.

  11. To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank James for serving our country in the U.S. Army. We also thank James for his volunteer service as a firefighter & EMT for Precinct 4. Because of your service & other young men & women we have our freedom in this great country. May God’s Speed Be With This Soldier & His Family.

  12. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers! I’m so sorry your family is going through this difficult time. Hold your memories close to your hearts always. If you need anything please call me anytime or for anything. Try to stay strong for those precious babies. Carla

  13. I pray that your memories will be many. May God bless and guide you.—I remember Jimmy when he was a teenager, a handsome quiet young man, who grew to be a handsome, responsible man with a beautiful family. He accomplished a lot in his young life. May his memory bring you peace and pride.—–reta cullen

  14. To express our deep sympathy to you on your loss. We thank James for serving our country in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War. We also thank James for serving in Brazos County Precict 4 Fire Department. Because of James & other young men & women we have our freedom in this great country. May God’s Speed Be With James & His Family.

  15. While I never met you, you are a cousin of mine, and the grandson of my dear cousin Shirley, who we adore. Personal demons sometimes win out temporarily, but never eternally. God loves you and yours, and we pray for His eternal protection for you and your loving family. We thank you for your devotion to God, family, and country.

  16. He is my dad and I wish he was here today and I love him, so much that people can’t even know how much love u daddy