Larry Collins

July 17, 1956March 16, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16th, Larry Collins lost his battle with ALS. He was born at Emory hospital on July 17, 1954. Larry had a distinct and captivating personality that was never more evident than when Larry was behind the counter at Sig Samuels dry cleaners. His father, Tom, took over Sig Samuels in the sixties. Larry and two of his brothers, Tom and Mike, worked along side their father until taking over for him in the early 90's. For 35 years he was the face and voice of a dry cleaner which became an institution in Midtown Atlanta. Larry's warm smile, kind words, and all around friendly demeanor made him a bright spot in so many days. The only thing Larry loved more than the cleaners was his family. He lived a life of hard work, dignity, honor, and sincerity. The only thing more solid than Larry's character was his word. He always went out of his way for others, sparing no expense to make someone else's life better. He was loved by countless people and will be missed by many more. He is survived by his mother, Mary Collins; his wife, Sheila Collins; his two sons: Steve and Adam Collins; and his three brothers: Tom, Mike, and Jim Collins. The family will receive friends at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill on Friday, March 18th from 6-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Patterson's Spring Hill Chapel on Saturday, March 19th at noon. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emory ALS Center, in care of Barry M. Steig.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 19, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, March 18, 2011

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Zeeyon Walker

October 19, 2011

I can't remember how many years ago I started having my clothes cleaned at Sig Samuels. As it is already well known, the service is unquestionably without fault and this family owned business makes the visit to the dry cleaners a pleasure. Larry was awesome and he raised fine sons. He was the best! I started missing him when he was absent during his illness, and miss him so much now that he is gone. My prayers remain with the family.
Although we have lost Larry, the heart and spirit of him remains at Sig Samuels and as long as I have clothes that need cleaning, I will be a customer. It might be interesting to know that I moved to Texas in 2005, and I continue to bring my clothes to be cleaned at Sig Samuels when I am in Atlanta. I just save them until I get there.

Jonathan Palmer

June 23, 2011

Just a month before he passed, I was in Atlanta for the Morehouse College Glee Club Reunion and went by Sig Samuels as I always do. So great was the experience that I would intentionally bring clothes that needed to be cleaned on my trips down so that I could stop by. Larry was a joy to be around and a highlight of every trip I made to Atlanta after moving away. He will be greatly missed.

Ted Sikes

May 21, 2011

I truly apologize old friend, for I missed the opportunity to let you know how much I thought of you. Please forgive me and hear my heart now. Sheila,Steve,Adam,Tommy,Mike and Mrs.C my love,thoughts and prayers are sent to you. Please don't hesitate to call me if you need anything. He was a very special and unique person in which I think God broke the mould upon completion. May God fill all your hearts with Peace and the emptiness of your loss be replaced with the joy of his love. I love you all

Gail Gamble

April 12, 2011

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Collins family. I did not know Larry but reading all the beautiful expressions you can't help but feel closeness. My father died a few years ago so I know the hurt and pain that comes from losing a love one. I find much comfort in the Bible where it assures us that "Our Heavenly Father is near to those that are broken at heart and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. May your wonderful memories always bring smiles to your faces and joy to your hearts.

Heather Hutchins

April 6, 2011

I cant tell you how many times my grandmother (Marilyn Suchanek) would come home with a smile on her face because she came and had a little visit with all the Collins boys/men. This will be hard but just know that you have plenty of great people surrounding you and will do anything for you.

Renee Geren

March 31, 2011

Larry's smile and warm greeting will be greatly missed. I've been going to Sig's for years, and like so many others, I feel I'm seeing friends, not just getting the dry cleaning when I walk in. The customer service and atmosphere at Sig's is like no other! My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family as you grieve the loss of this wonderful man who touched and bettered numerous lives everyday.

Ron Strauss

March 29, 2011

Larry Collins was one-of-a-kind, a warm, caring, genuine person that you immediately liked and felt drawn to. He demonstrated each day in the way he lived his life and served his customers what building great brands is all about. Larry's personal brand reflected his character, humor and common sense. His company's brand (Sig Samuels Cleaners) reflects his values. I asked and then listened to Larry tell about what made his family business so extraordinary. In my talks around the country about what makes for great brands, I often cite Larry and Sig Samuels business practices as an example of great brand building. Larry's talent in creating relationships was impressive. After my wife and I moved from Midtown to East Lake in 2007, we continue to do business at Sig Samuels despite driving past many other cleaners on the way. My condolences to the Collins family and Larry's Midtown neighborhood on a great loss.

Tami Jordan Brook

March 27, 2011

Dear Tommy, Mike, Steve and Adam,
Ken and I loved your dad and brother. He was one of the first people in Atlanta that made me feel like I might want to call this city home. He was the best! We are so sorry for your unspeakable loss.
Tami and Ken Brook

Susan Hadorn

March 26, 2011

We will miss Larry SO much. He was part of our daily dry cleaning life. We trust that he is at peace and in no pain, and we wish his extended family a life filled with positive and proud memories. Larry was one of a kind. Kindest regards, Susan and Chris Hadorn

Lila Howland

March 24, 2011

To the Collins family,

Larry and Mike were a part of our family experiences for the many years we lived in Atlanta and were loyally served by Sig Samuel's. Our children would wait for Mike on laundry pick up days, always ready for his quick smiles and greetings.
Please accept my condolences for your sad, sad loss of Larry. Mike always said he was the backbone of the organization. Mike still comes to see us in NC. It really was/is a famiy endeavor.