Longtime Nashville Attorney W. Ovid Collins Dies at 94

Longtime Nashville attorney W. Ovid Collins Jr. died yesterday (March 11). He was 94. Mr. Collins was a distinguished graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he also earned his law degree. Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to Nashville and founded the firm of Cornelius & Collins with Charles L. Cornelius Sr. and Charles L. Cornelius Jr. He served as the firm’s managing partner for the majority of his years in active practice. Mr. Collins was a founding member of the Nashville Symphony and played viola with the orchestra for more than 40 years. His passion for music began early, as he was invited to join the studio orchestra of WSM in the 1930s where he accompanied various talents, including Dinah Shore. Mr. Collins retired from the fulltime practice of law in 2000, but continued to practice part-time until 2008. During his career, he was named as a Fellow of the American College Trust and Estate Counsel, a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Association and a lifetime member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He served as a delegate to the 1959 Tennessee Constitutional Convention and practiced before various courts in Tennessee, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of his cases remain leading precedent to this day. Funeral arrangements and memorial plans are incomplete at this time.