Lawrence Clifton Collins II
1962 - 2018
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Lawrence Clifton Collins, II
August 28, 1962 - August 20, 2018
Laurel, Maryland- Lawrence Clifton Collins II, age 55, of Laurel, MD passed away on Monday, August 20th, from complications of Diffuse Scleroderma and Myositis. "Clif" was born August 28th, 1962 in Augusta, GA and was raised in Byron, GA. A 1980 graduate of Peach County High School, Clif was the third-base player on the Trojans varsity baseball team.
Clif is survived by his parents, Lawrence Sr. and Charlotte (Cheek) Collins, his wife, Eileen (Ebersole) Collins, his sons Clifton Guthrie and Caleb Henry, 3 grandchildren, Jaxon, Annabelle, and Charlotte, his uncles Howard (Bonnie) Collins, Joseph (Phyllis) Goodwin, Tim (Susan) Goodwin, Sam (Diane) Goodwin, his aunt Debbie (Dennis) Wilson, his mother-in-law Mary Ellen Ebersole, sister-in-law Katy (Brendan) Byrne, nieces Madeline and Chloe Byrne, and numerous cousins, other family members, and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his infant son Jack Collins, his grandparents George Clifton and Mary (Wood) Collins and Emerald and Cornelia (Park) Cheek Goodwin Cummings, his uncles Jerry (Bobbie) Collins, Kenneth (Jenny) Collins, Andy Collins, his cousin Lori Collins Rozier, and his father-in-law Harold "Bump" Ebersole.
Clif graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Political Science (84) and an MA in English (88). While at Clemson, Clif was the Chairperson of the SGA's Central Spirit Committee as well as a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity – Eta Alpha Chapter. Clif taught English Composition and Literature at Essex Community College, and at Clemson University, where he earned his Master's degree in English. He also received the prestigious Douglass Award for most outstanding teaching assistant in the English Department. Clif studied composition theory under Dixie Goswami, a pioneer in teaching composition and a coordinator of the Bread Loaf Project in Vermont.
After teaching in the English Department at Clemson, Clif relocated to Baltimore to be closer to his favorite team, the Baltimore Orioles. He then met his wife, Eileen, whom he described as "the love of my life" at a wedding at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel, where they later became active members.
Clif came to Montgomery College in 1993. His professional interests included James Baldwin's writings, blues music, and baseball-related literature.
Clif had been unwell for a brief period. However, he remained a lover of teaching and learning who thoroughly enjoyed his 25 year career at Montgomery College. One of Clif's passions was his students, especially seeing them explore the wonderful world of words. Truth be told, the guy never met many words he didn't like. Whether teaching students in developmental English courses or students in the Montgomery Scholars program, Clif modeled and expected quality writing that demonstrated critical thinking and active learning from his students.

Earlier this year, Clif wrote and published a book of poetry, Lives of the Apostles. For Clif, poetry was a way to explore the many facets of life, which he lived with enthusiasm and vigor. For the last 12 years, Clif also enjoyed a second career as an actor, and has been cast in commercials, TV episodes, pilot episodes, print, industrial and online work.
Clif's other passion was sports, particularly baseball and college football. He could be seen on a baseball field, at an Orioles game where he had been a season ticket holder for 20 years, or cheering on his beloved Clemson Tigers. An avid collector of sports memorabilia, antiques, books, and art Clif loved to share knowledge of the history of baseball.
Coach Clif, as he was also known, was a beloved fixture on the baseball field for teams in Laurel, Burtonsville and Olney, Maryland. As a friend fittingly and lovingly shared, he was a "man who turned ordinary moments into memory-making events…the king of keen observations, and a man of character, a leader and a role model," to his sons and those of others.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 522 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707. The reception will follow at the American Legion, Post 60, 2 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Clif's name to your choice of the following:
1. Clemson University Foundation, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633 in memory of Clif Collins.
2. Archbishop Spalding High School Advancement Office, 8080 New Cut Road, Severn MD 21144 or www.archbishopspalding.org/give and in the "Tribute" section indicate that it is in memory of Clif Collins.
3. St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 522 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707. Designate for "Food For Laurel Families" in memory of Clif Collins


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Published in The Telegraph on Aug. 25, 2018.
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September 13, 2018
Larry: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.
They say the hardest thing to do in life is to outlive a child. Sissie and I are thinking about you at this difficult time.
Mike Maffeo
August 29, 2018
Hey Clif,
I knew you for a short time, but you impacted my family as if we knew you for many many years. Thank you for never giving up in teaching me when to use Literally and Figuratively. Thanks for all the one-liners during Baseball practices that kept everyone sane because you would say what everyone was thinking. One of my favorite baseball quotes you gave to my son after he injured himself playing around was. "If you are going to be stupid, you better be tough." Enjoyed the margaritas, wings, oysters, and O's games with you. See what you can do with the big man on putting your O's on the right path. Love your family and we will always be there if called upon for them.

Mike L
August 28, 2018
I'm so sorry for this great loss. Clif was a pleasure to know and always made me laugh. I'm so glad our paths crossed. I wish you comfort in this very sad and painful time.
Erin Sperco
August 25, 2018
My condolences to the family of Cliff. I knew him in high school and I only have positive memories of him. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. He was a nice guy. Too young; just dang.
Michael Wilder
August 25, 2018
Growing up in Byron, Cliff seemed larger than life ... a brighter flame ... talented, hansome and gregarious. The world will be a little less without him. My condolances to all who knew and loved him.

"To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wildflower;
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour."
~ William Blake
Angela Sowell Gordon
August 25, 2018
I'm so sorry to learn of Clif's death. Clif and I shared many classes in high school and were together a great deal out of school. Clif was well admired, respected and loved. It saddens me to know Clif is no longer in the world to enrich the lives of his students, friends and family.
Roberta Earnhardt
August 24, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Collins family. May you be comforted in knowing that our Heavenly Father feels your pain. He will comfort and strengthen you as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Psalm 94:17-19
N. S.
August 24, 2018
I'm so very sorry. I pray the Lord strengthens and comforts you during the difficult days ahead.
~ Elsie
Elsie Vazquez
August 24, 2018
My condolences and prayers to Clif's family. He was a dear friend during my college days at Clemson. Peace to all.
August 24, 2018
Go Tigers! Fight!
Don't worry 'bout losing your accent.
A southern man tells better jokes.
-Jason Isbell/Drive By Truckers
We'll meet again on some bright highway,
Songs to sing and tales to tell.
But I am just a pilgrim on this road, boys.
Until I see you fare thee well.
-Steve Earle
Dirk Aydlette
August 24, 2018
To the family of Lawrence Collins II I would like to express my condolence to you may the God of comfort bring comfort to you with his right arm extended to you Isa.41:10
Ms
August 24, 2018
My deepest sympathy to you for your loss. May the God of all Comfort provide you the needed comfort during this very difficult time.
August 24, 2018
To say that Clif Collins was a gentleman and a scholar is an understatement. We were blessed to call him friend. May he rest in eternal peace. ♥ The Krivka Family
Francine Krivka
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