Jerry Kelly Collins

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    - Scott Caudill
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    - Andie Robinson
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    - Dave & Pat Grooms
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    - Melba (Pechilis) Thomas
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COLUMBIA - Services for Jerry Kelly Collins will be held Saturday, November 1, 2008, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, conducted by Reverend Chris Addy and assisted by Reverend Brian Thomason. Burial services will be in Celestial Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Bo Collins, Gene Collins, III, Jim Halford, Scott Zeagler, Mike Johnson and Nick Fletcher. Honorary pallbearers will be members of The Surfside Pier Float Fisherman Association. Special friends are: Larry Morrison, Tony Dudley, Tommy Croxton, Harold Beaman, Ricky Draper, Garry Comer, Jim Bo Jackson, Sylvestor Taylor and Dr. Fred Smith. Visitation will be 6-8 Friday evening at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington.

Mr. Collins passed away in his sleep the morning of Wednesday, October 29, 2008. Born in Columbia, he was one of four children born to the late Eugene and Nellie Collins. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. His life centered on his love for his wife Sandra and three daughters, Laurie, Mandy and Laura. He and his family remained very close all his life with his brothers, Gene and Larry, sharing his love.

Jerry owned and operated Jerry Kelly’s, one of the more successful restaurants in Columbia for 31 years. Before that he was part of the design and construction team that developed Downunder Columbia, an underground complex of successful restaurants off of Main Street in downtown Columbia. He retired from the restaurant business but not his work as a farmer. He enjoyed raising beef cattle and baling hay. He devoted most of his time to the farm in Wagener and his beach house in Surfside Beach. No matter where he was, he was usually surrounded by some of his many friends who appreciated his love for life, hunting and fishing.

An avid hunter, Jerry made the SC record book for one of the largest deer racks ever bagged in South Carolina. He will be missed by his best friend, Junior, his squirrel dog and Shed, his labrador retriever. He won the Sportsman of the Year Award from the Surfside Pier Float Fisherman Association last year. He routinely fished from the pier when visiting their home in Surfside. He was a member of the Fairview Hunt Club and Dark Horseman Club.

Surviving are his loving wife, Sandra Collins, three daughters, Laurie Collins Stuckey of Columbia, Mandy Addy (Chris) of Gilbert, and Laura Thomason (Brian) of Pelion; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; his brothers, Gene and Barbara Collins of St. Petersburg, FL, and Larry and Marilyn Collins of Winnsboro, SC; and several nieces and nephews. Jerry was predeceased by his father and mother, Eugene Collins, Sr. and Nellie Collins.

Memorials may be made to Regency Hospices, 1611 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
Published in The State from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, 2008
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