Peggy Garrick Collins, devoted wife, mother, community leader and friend passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, ending a wonderful life.
"Miss" Peggy was born April 29, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Martha Kittrell Garrick and Harris Guignard Garrick. She was a graduate of Blackville-Hilda High School where she was an outstanding basketball star and coach. There she met and married her high school sweetheart, Robert O. Collins. She was a member of Blackville First Baptist Church for over 60 years where she was a member of the WMU, served as a Sunday school teacher, VBS director and Flower Committee. "Miss" Peggy co-founded with her husband, Robert O. Collins Co., one of the largest grading and paving companies in the State. She served as President of the company. She also owned and operated the Winton Inn in Barnwell. "Miss" Peggy served on the local bank board, and also the Barnwell Economic Development Committee. She was a member of the Blackville Garden Club, and an avid bridge player. She loved going to Edisto Beach with family and friends. "Miss" Peggy served as a role model and inspiration to many young women as she successfully gained her place in the business world. Throughout her career she exemplified the epitome of southern grace and charm.
Of all of her accomplishments, she was the most proud of her family. Together, she and Robert O. had four children, Cynthia Collins (Terry Lee) Harris of North Charleston, Suzanne (Stephen) Rice Russell of Mt. Pleasant, Paige Collins of Barnwell, Clay (Becky Jean) Collins of Blackville; ten grandchildren, Justin (Chrissy) Harris, Wyatt (Lauren) Harris, Jean Ashleigh Collins, Madeline (Monty) Nix, Shank Collins, Peggy Collins, Kate Creech, Mary Gray Creech, Collins Rice, Kittrell Rice; four great-grandchildren, Levi Harris, Cash Harris, Tag Nix, Maddy Clay Nix; sisters, Joan McLaughlin Bean, Renee Garrick (Terry) Williams; sister-in-law, Libby Sears; brother-in-law, Steve Collins; numerous nieces and nephews; dear friends, JoAnn "Josie" Owens and Jane Bradley; and faithful caregiver, Helen Creech.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Livingston; and a brother, Jon Garrick.
Miss Peggy was a true friend loved by all and will be greatly missed by her friends and family. No one will be able to measure up to her impeccable character, work ethic and charm.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 20, at the First Baptist Church of Blackville, with Dr. Thomas Terry and the Reverends Ken Frederick, Harry Warren and Russ Reed officiating. Burial followed in the Collins Family Cemetery at the Home Place. The family received friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 19, at Folk Funeral Home in Williston.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army, Aiken Command, 322 Gayle Ave, NW, Aiken, S.C. 29801.
Folk Funeral Home Inc. and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
The People-Sentinel 1/22/14
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