Steve Collins left us peacefully on the afternoon of November 7, 2022, surrounded by his loving family following a 3-year battle with kidney cancer. He has been surrounded and lifted up by friends and family supporting him throughout this journey. He rests now in the arms of the Lord and is reunited with his family and friends that have gone before him.
Although currently residing on Saint Simons Island, Steve maintained a life-long presence in Alma. He graduated from Bacon County High School in 1975. Following a short career of welding, he moved into a 45-year career in industrial sales, currently co-owner of Georgia Mill Supply of Alma.
Henry Steven Collins of Saint Simons Island, 65, was born May 28, 1957, in Alma. Steve leaves his wife of 39 years, Sheila Spires Collins, as well as his two sons: Christopher Steven Collins (Jamey), and Cody Benton Collins (Mallory), and one granddaughter, Edith Katheryn Collins “Edie Kate.” Steve’s children hold memories of a dad who was always there with unconditional love to encourage and cheer them on in all their endeavors.
Steve was predeceased by his mother, Janice Benton Collins, and sister, Debbie Collins Campion, but leaves behind his father, Henry Collins, loving sister, Lisa Collins Boatright (Mike), nephews, Shawn Boatright (Chelsea), Brandon Boatright (Aimee), niece, Brittany Boatright (Dustin), Tiffany Campion Audia (Anthony), along with many great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Steve Collins will be Friday, November 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Alma, Georgia, celebrated by the Reverend Rick Brown. Graveside service will follow at Pine Lawn Cemetery with Reverend R. B. Gaskins officiating. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Active Pallbearers are Jeff Baxley, Darwin Crummey, Jeff Ellis, Wendell Hart, Henry Medders, and Mike Taylor.
Steve was a devoted husband, father, and friend. He married Sheila and in their years of marriage together, they raised two awesome boys, shared countless adventures, and traveled with a close network of old and new friends. Steve never missed an opportunity to spend time with his family, particularly the granddaughter, Edie Kate. He felt so blessed to have the opportunity to create memories. Always one for a good time, Pap often led the two into mischief, until some rule-abiding parent intervened. The heart of Edie Kate will forever carry a little piece of her Pap’s silly antics.
Steve was a constant source of laughter, joy, and sunshine as he greeted others with smiles and wonderful conversation. He loved spending time with people he cared about and was always onboard for fun and adventure. The laughter, care, and love he shared made our world a brighter place. Steve’s capacity for laughter and love was immeasurable. He was always content and found joy in the simple things.