James M. Collins

James M. Collins

Born Aug. 20, 1937, James McLeod Holliday Collins, of Southern Pines, was the son of the late Emma Holliday and Harold Arthur Collins. He died Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Lallande Collins, of the home; and his daughter Kimball Collins Cotty, of Pinehurst. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Elizabeth Holliday Collins Johnston (“Beth”); and by his brother, Harold Arthur Collins Jr. He leaves behind three grandsons, Curt Johnston (Stephanie), Jack Johnston and James Cotty. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Emmaday and Bill Seymour of Charlotte; his nieces Holly Seymour Worsley (Billy), Jane Seymour Copeland (Shawn) and Shannon Seymour Flippin (Billy); his brother-in-law, John B. Lallande, Jr. (Marion); as well as numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews.

He was born in Florence, South Carolina. His family moved to Southern Pines when he was a young child, as his father was the owner of several of the Colllins Department Stores. He graduated from Southern Pines High School, class of 1955, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1959. He played on both universities’ golf teams and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Early in his career, he was associated with the family department store business. He began his career with New York Life Insurance Company in 1967 and enjoyed a successful career with that company for 35 years, living in Rockingham. He attained the CLU designation, and was elected to the Agents Advisory Council. He loved his work, and his career was ideally suited to his determination, business ethics, energy and love of people.

His lifelong passion was golf, and he was a member of the Richmond Pines Country Club, Pinehurst Country Club and Pine Needles Country Club. He was always active in his church, having served as a deacon and elder, and was a choir member for 25 years in the First Presbyterian Church of Rockingham. He was a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. His other lifelong passion was horses, and he competed as a youth in horse shows along the East Coast and returned to riding in his retirement. His childhood summers were spent at Myrtle Beach with many of his first cousins, and the importance of family was instilled in him by his parents. He loved social and family gatherings of any kind, especially those at the beach.

He also enjoyed tennis, and later in retirement, pickleball. His favorite thing to do was the watch the Golf Channel, or many of the Grand Slam tennis events. His passion for sports continued after his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease to include Rock Steady Boxing, where he met some of his dearest friends.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m., at his church, Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 330 S. May St. Southern Pines, NC 28387, with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. Online condolences can be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.

Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.