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Saturday, March 08, 2008


Freeda Alder Collins, age 74, of Sneedville, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, following a lengthy illness.

Freeda was a lifelong member of the Sneedville United Methodist Church, a member of the Sneedville Woman’s Club and a teacher in the Hancock County School System for 38 years. She devoted much of her life to the children of Hancock County.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clay Alder; and her mother, Ada Alder Trent.

Left to cherish her memory are: her husband of 55 years, William "Claude" Collins; Goddaughter, Sharyn Horton Styles; beloved God-grandchildren, Chelsea and Jalen Styles; and special sister, Betty Mahan.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2008 at the Sneedville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Aker and the Rev. Craig Hall officiating. Interment will follow in the Alder Cemetery. Her family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, and from 12-2 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at The Sneedville United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville.