On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Caleb “Preston” Collins, loving husband, father son and brother passed away peacefully at his home in Madison, Georgia. He fought a courageous four-year battle with ALS. He was 45.
Preston was born on February 17, 1974 in Newnan, Georgia to Kennon Gay Collins (deceased) and Frankie “Inez” Collins. Memorable times in his life were growing up in Baxley, Georgia. He developed strong long-lasting friendships and family ties doing what he loved best, hunting, fishing, playing high school football and being a Number 1 Georgia Football Fan. His love for football followed him later in life where he gave of his time to officiate Georgia High School Football kids through the Northeast Georgia Official Association. When he came to North Georgia his favorite saying was “The way we do it in Baxley.” Some of his high school buddies (Casey Cole, Josh Reagin, Josh Lamb Larry Cole, Michael Williams and others) heard of Preston’s diagnosis and came together to help Preston fulfill some of his life-long bucket list. They planned, among other things, a hunting trip to Arkansas and Mississippi where he bagged a deer and his adventure was aired on the TV show, Backwoods Life, spotlighting ALS.
Preston attended Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia where he received an HVAC Associate Degree and was furthering his education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia in 1999 when he met his future wife, Lara. They were married on October 26, 2002 in Madison, Georgia and was blessed in 2008 with their beautiful daughter, Alana. Preston continued working in the HVAC field as a Journeyman HVAC Service Technician up to the time of his diagnosis and was a member of the Local Union 72 - Plumber, Pipefitters & HVACR Technician.
Preston loved his wife of 17 years and their 11-year-old daughter, Alana. Of all the people he touched, his most proud achievement in life was marrying Lara who supported him in all his glory, and lovingly supported him physically during their last days together.
Preston is survived by his wife Lara Price Collins; his daughter Alana McKinsey Collins; his mother Frankie “Inez” Watson Lane & her husband Cory Lane; his sister Marian Brigman Wharton & her husband Chris; his brother Edward Brigman & his wife Tracey; his sister Frankie Collins Scott & her husband Rob; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Carter’s Funeral Home in Madison, Georgia. Calling hours will be Saturday between 1 and 2:15 p.m. on October 12, 2019 and the service will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel located at Carter’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a memorial donation that may be made through The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 37022 Boone, IA 50037-0022 or go online to www.alsa.org/donate.
With Love Today
We thought of you with love today,
But this is nothing new,
We thought of you yesterday and the days before that too.
We think of you in silence and
often speak you name.
All we have now are our memories,
and your picture in a frame.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone.
A part of us went with you
The day God took you home
God picks a flower
Sometimes God picks a flower that’s still in full bloom.
Sometimes the flower that is chosen, we feel He’s picked to soon.
We’re at peace knowing; in God’s heavenly garden,
He has placed the ones we treasure.
In a special spot forever.
Pall Bearers – Casey Cole, Josh Rragin, Josh Lamb, Larry Cole, Michael Williams, Steve Craven & Kelly Kirksey
Honorary Pall Bearers – Appling County High School - Class of 92