William P. Collins, devoted family man, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died on November 9, 2012, with family at his side.
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Born in Elkhart, Ind., on March 19, 1924, to the late Charles William and Cora Ellen Van Tilburg Collins, Mr. Collins was a longtime resident prior to moving to Watkinsville 15 years ago. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and was retired from Selmer, Inc. He was also a Mason, and attended St. James United Methodist Church.
An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Collins particularly loved water skiing, scuba diving, and golf; however, his true passion was racing stock cars. In later years, he became active at the Oconee Senior Center, where he enjoyed playing pool with his friends.
Mr. Collins was preceded in death by a son, William Collins Jr. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, E. Imogene "Jean" Collins; children, Beverly (Fred) Harman, of Dade City, Fla., Cheryl (Jim) Carpenter, of Mishawaka, Ind., Del (Deb) Key, of Conyers, Judy (Benny) Payne, of Athens, Dean (Laurel) Key, of Mishawaka, Ind., and Debra (Ron) McCann, of Crestview, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Monica Collins; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, at Oconee Chapel Funeral Directors, 2370 Hog Mountain Road (Highway 53), Watkinsville, with the Rev. Bill Curington officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604; or St. James United Methodist Church, 111 West Lake Dr., Athens, GA 30606.
Oconee Chapel Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16, 2012