Joe Collins

GASTONIA - Joe Lake Collins, 61, died peacefully on Oct. 9, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center with his loving fiancée, Denise Carpenter by his side.

Joe was born in Augusta, Ga. on Feb. 22, 1951. He was the eldest son of George Elwyn Collins Sr. and the late Margaret Chapman Collins.

He is survived by his fiancée of 18 years, Denise Carpenter, his daughter, Meredith Collins McCorkle and husband, Andy; granddaughter, Rori McCorkle; his son, Evan Carpenter and girlfriend, Jessica Heath; father, George E. Collins, Sr.; brother, George E. "Buddy" Collins, Jr. and wife, Beth, nephew, Josh Collins, his wife Melissa and son, Banks Collins, niece, Courtney Collins Lee, her husband Clark and son Lake Lee and his mother-in-law to be Bobbie Mauney; along with an extended family and host of many friends.

Visitation for Mr. Collins will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at McLean Funeral Home, 700 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia, followed by his funeral at 3 p.m.

Joe was a member of the Gastonia Masonic Lodge #369 A.F.&A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joe's honor to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Street Greenville, S.C. 29605.

Condolences may be sent on line to

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Collins family.

Funeral Home

McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 865-3451

Published in Gaston Gazette on Oct. 13, 2012