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 View the online memorial for Lawrence Clifton Collins, II