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Former Harriman judge dies

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By Cindy Simpson

A fixture in Harriman died Wednesday.

Clyde Collins was a Harriman city judge for many years and a Roane County commissioner from Sept. 1, 1986, until Aug. 31, 1994. Typically energetic and charming, the distinguished World War II veteran had been ill recently. 

Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said Collins was a family friend and respected member of the community.

“When you look around Harriman, he’s done a lot of good things,” Mason said. “He’s always wanted to help people.”

Collins served on the Harriman Utility Board and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Kerbela and Roane County Shrine Clubs, was past Exalted Ruler of the Elks, and a member of Emory Golf and Country Club. He held several positions with VFW Post 6598. He was past commander of the VFW second district and past commander of the state and chief of staff. 

County Commissioner Randy Ellis was his neighbor.

“He was an excellent public servant and one of my best friends. We were delighted to honor him as a Roane Treasure and the grand marshal of the Harriman Christmas Parade in 2010. Clyde served as a great role model and advisor to me over the past few years,” Ellis said. 

“Clyde was a great man and will be greatly missed.” 

He leaves behind a wife, Bernice, and children, Steve Collins and Margaret Johnson. 

Kyker Funeral Home in Harriman is in charge of arrangements.