William C. (Bill) Collins, age 76, passed away in Savannah, GA on March 3, 2023 after a brief illness. Bill was born on October 19, 1946, in Jacksonville, FL. He was born to Viola A. Collins and Wilbur C. Collins.
Bill is survived by Marilyn Floyd, beloved life partner; sister, Shirley Sapp (Winston); son, William David Collins (Samantha); stepson, Emerson Lee Floyd, III (Yvonne); four granddaughters, Brooke, Kelsey, Kaitlin, Anna; one grandson, Jared; one great-granddaughter; nephew, Timmy Sapp (Jeanne); and one special cousin, Donna R. Holmes.
Bill attended Jean Ribault High School and graduated in 1964. He later became a certified locksmith for Duval County School Board for 31 years and retired in 1998. In 1999, he moved to Brunswick, GA.
Bill enjoyed fishing with his Son and Dad. He loved camping with his parents, Marilyn, Lee, other family and friends. He especially enjoyed camping in the Great Smoky Mountains, TN. He was a fan of professional wrestling and the Atlanta Braves. He enjoyed golfing and he had a private pilot’s license.
Most importantly, Bill had a very strong lifelong Christian faith. He was a member of North Jacksonville Baptist Church. After moving to Brunswick, he became a member of Waynesville Church of God. Bill loved to listen to gospel music, especially the old hymnals and quartet gospel groups.
The most important thing in his life was his Christian faith and being there for his family and others. He had a very caring, giving, and understanding nature and was able to help many people throughout his life. He was the cornerstone of our family and had some very special friends in his life. He will be forever loved, missed, and remembered.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, 4627 US Hwy 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525. Bill loved both of his dogs who passed on before him: “Teddy Bear” and “Brandy”.
A special thank you for pallbearers: Robert Brewer; David Guynn; Mike Kitchens; Bob Miller; Danny Morgan, Winston Sapp, Sean Young; Fritz Zink. Honorary pallbearers: Art Davalos, Joe Haskew, Michael Haulman, Jerry Padgett, Keith Padgett, E. J. Sapp and Howard Wells.
A visitation will be held at Evergreen Cemetery Chapel on March 11, 2023, at 1:00PM and a 2:00PM Celebration of Life Service, immediately thereafter. Interment will follow the funeral service at Evergreen Cemetery.