AMOS BANI COLLINS
The Collins and Liberty families and the Episcopal Church of Liberia announce the home-going of The Reverend Canon Amos Bani Collins, pastor, teacher, priest and scholar. The sad event occurred on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America. Known as “Daddy” to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, “Father” to his students and parishioners, and “Rabbi” to yet other students, Amos Bani Collins certainly leaves a legacy too rich to fathom.
Amos Bani Collins’ sun rose on October 26, 1926 to the union of Sie Wesseh and Bodio-de in Rocktown, Maryland County, Liberia, West Africa. He graduated from Cape Palmas High School in Harper, Maryland County (Cape Palmas) and the University of Liberia with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education in 1954. Unable to resist the nudge of the Holy Spirit, after a brief period of teaching in public schools he enrolled at Cuttington College and Divinity School to study for the ordained ministry, where he took the Bachelor of Divinity and was ordained in 1958. Later Amos received the Master of Sacred Theology from The General Theological Seminary in New York City, New York;
Canon Collins seems to have been the go-to guy. His Bishop, colleagues and students called on him when there was a school that needed rehabilitation or an infusion of energy, a church community that needed a new vision, a theological question to elucidate, or fellow disciples to train. Upon the election of the new bishop of Liberia in 1970, he led the fact-finding mission to determine the state of the church, which produced the first diocesan profile. When the franco-phone diocese of Guinea needed ecclesiastical leadership during an interregnum in the mid-1980s, he was the Archbishop’s choice to serve as Vicar General. He traversed the country, serving as head of school (principal) and rector at St. John’s school and church and Bethany House in Robertsport, Cape Mount County; St. John’s church and school in Buchanan, Bassa County; Bishop Ferguson High School in Harper, Maryland County; Bromley Girls School in Virginia, Montserrado County; Good Shepherd Church in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia; a teacher at (Bishop) BW Harris Episcopal School in Monrovia; two stints as dean of the School of Theology at Cuttington University College, and two stints as Interim Dean and Canon-in-Residence of Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia, Liberia. He was called out of retirement in 1994 to the Diocese of The Gambia, Church of the Province of West Africa upon the invitation of the Bishop to pastor congregations and establish the diocesan school for training lay and ordained ministers. He and Kathleen labored there for eight years. He again retired from there in 2002 and together they moved closer to their other children in the northeast United States, assisting occasionally at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. He reveled in being with the other grandchildren on this side of the Atlantic, whether it was visiting on Grandparents’ Day at school or watching them play in the snow.
Known simply as “Amos” to his beloved Kathleen Ariel Liberty of 54 years who survives him, “Canon” also leaves to mourn his loss ten children: Martha of Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Frances of Monrovia, Liberia; David of Trenton, New Jersey; Jeremiah (JC) of Pennsylvania; Theodore of Lusaka, Zambia; Hilary of Monrovia, Liberia; Christian of Monrovia, Liberia; Amoleen of Raleigh, North Carolina; Vashti of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Mardea of Banjul, the Gambia. He is survived also by forty-three grandchildren, six-teen great grandchildren; one sister, Lucy Collins; one brother, James KB Collins; one daughter-in-law: Marvelyn (Hilary), four sons-in-law: Jonathan Hart (Episcopal Bishop of Liberia - Frances), Lloyd Diggs (Amoleen), Edward Thompson (Vashti), and Jon Higginbottom (Mardea); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives, friends and colleagues.
Services of Celebration of the life of The Reverend Canon Amos Bani Collins are as follows:
Vigil (Wake Keeping)
Friday, March 22, 2013 – 6-9pm
Lea Funeral Home
2500 Poole Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27610
Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 10am
St. Timothy Episcopal Church
4523 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Interment will follow at
Historic Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27611
Tributes may be sent to: Dr. James KB Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org (651-459-0888) and/or The Reverend Edward Thompson at email@example.com (340-226-6743).
Inquiries concerning the Repast may be directed to Eva B. Diggs at 919-441-4752.
Contacts in the United States
Kathleen Collins (widow): 919-782-7904
Amoleen Collins-Diggs: 919-212-0411
Martha McIntosh: 267-250-5291
James KB Collins: 651-459-0888
Contacts in Liberia
Hilary W. Collins: 011-231-866-415209 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bishop Jonathan Hart: 011-231-886-516343 (email@example.com)
Christian M. Collins: 011-231-886-514469 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nearby Hotel Information
Courtyard Marriott Raleigh Triangle Town Center
3401 Sumner Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27616
Hilton Garden Inn Hampton Inn Raleigh
6412 Capital Blvd. 3621 Spring Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27616 Raleigh, NC 27604