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Butler Cemetery
Custer County, Oklahoma

© The Hammon Advocate, Hammon, OK
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Melvin Earl Collins

Services for Melvin Earl Collins, 27, North Hollywood, California, victim of a hunting accident Saturday were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Baptist Church at Butler.

Rev. Jess Haney, Rev. Alvin M. Barker and Rev. G. H. Bishop, all of Butler, officiated.

Burial in Butler Cemetery, Custer County, Oklahoma.

Collins, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Collins, Butler, was accidently shot Saturday afternoon while hunting with his three brothers, Paul, Gene and Bobby.

He and his wife and son were visiting his parents for the Christmas holidays.

The mishap occurred three miles north of Butler when the four brothers were hunting quail.

Earl had moved the pickup in which they were traveling, and had told his brothers that he would stay in the pickup while they hunted some more.

Apparently he changed his mind and started after them. He was walking through the brush when a covey of quail was flushed near him and two of his brothers fired at the birds.

The shot struck his head, neck and chest. He died enroute to an Elk City hospital.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Ramond Earl; his parents; and three brothers. 

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