(April 21, 1926 – September 30, 2007) is the former Mayor of North Augusta, South Carolina, U.S., from 1967 to 1971 and a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1972 to 1977. He was born and raised in Fort Valley, Ge…, U.S., and served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. He attended the University of Ge… and graduated in 1950 with a degree in agronomy. Collins opened up the first wholesale florist in Augusta, Ge…, U.S., in 1954, which is still being run by three of his sons (Ge… State Floral Distributors). His civic activities included the Optimist Club, Dixie Youth Baseball, American Legion Post 71, Grace United Methodist Church, The University of Ge… Heritage Society, as well as co-chairing the North Augusta High School Stadium fund raising committee. He was awarded the highest honor given by the state of South Carolina, the Order of the Palmetto, for his dedication and leadership to his constituents. In addition to his political and civic work, Collins permanently endowed a fund at the University of Ge… within the Department of Horticulture.