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Who Fred H. (Dugg) Collins
What Dugg Collins. Famed Country DJ Dead At 67
When January 11, 2011
Where Amarillo, TX

Fred H. "Dugg" Collins, 67, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Fellowship Church North Ministry Center with Charlie Cox and Johnny Western officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery in Memphis by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Dugg was born July 2, 1943, in Memphis to Fred Thomas Collins and Dolly Mae Evans Collins. He was raised in Memphis and attended Memphis schools.

He married the love of his life, Joyce Canida, on Aug. 31, 1963. They made their home in Amarillo for many years.

Dugg Collins was a radio personality and music entertainer for 50 years. He started his radio career with KCTX in Childress in 1959. He worked for stations in Quanah, Vernon, Frederick, Okla., and Memphis before moving to Amarillo. He was on the air with KDJW/KBUY, KZIP, KIXZ/KMML and KATP in Amarillo before moving to Wichita, Kan., in 1999 to do a morning show at KFDI in Wichita.

He retired and returned to Amarillo in 2008. Dugg was proud to be a Texan and was proud to be back home. He performed with Dugg Collins and the West Texas Express for 34 years.

In his career, he had the opportunity to appear with Mel Tillis, Hank Thompson, Moe Bandy as well as the Bob Wills Texas Playboys.

He was a great ambassador for "Western Swing" music. He was recognized with many awards in his career including Country Music Association "Disc Jockey of the Year" in Nashville in 1979, Academy of Western Artist "Disc Jockey of the Year" in 2006 and Cowtown Society of Western Music "Hall of Fame/Western Swing Hero" in 2009. He received the award for the "Song of the Year" from the Academy of Western Artist in 2002 and was inducted into several other music halls of fame.

He was a Master Mason and also a member of the Khiva Shrine of Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, in 2010; his parents; and a brother, Howard David Campbell.

Survivors include two daughters, Lorrie Berry of Amarillo and Patricia Chambless of Deatsville, Ala.; two sons, Tom Collins of Amarillo and Aubrey Collins of Wichita; a brother, Floyd Collins of Cleburne; nine grandchildren, Rachel Chambless, Rebecca Chambless, LynDe Collins, Lane Collins, Jack Fowler, Landyn Collins, Lexye Collins, Kelton Berry and Olin Berry; and an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews who he dearly loved.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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