David Alan Collins

September 29, 1950November 13, 2012

David Alan Collins, Age sixty two, peacefully passed away in his home on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. David was born September 29, 1950 to proud parents David Leroy and Phyllis Proffitt Collins. After graduating from Glade Valley School in 1968 he was accepted into Mars Hill College where he earned a BA in music with an emphasis on Conducting. He was an active member of Phi MU Alpha fraternity. He met his wife, Donna Hardes Collins while attending Mars Hill College. As a college student he launched his career as minister of music at the First Baptist Church of Franklin NC. After graduating he was accepted into the Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans LA. While in seminary he served as minister of music at Airline Baptist Church in Metairie LA and created the Classical Touring Choir. In the summer of 1973, David’s choir traveled the southeast performing, including a performance at Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center. His Touring Choir’s final performance was at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, NC. David’s gifts for church music and his ability to capture his choral group’s gifts played an instrumental role in helping others launch their own music ministries. David continued an inspiring career in church music and served as minister of music at Rankin Baptist Church in Greensboro and Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point. He went on to share his gift of music, becoming involved with community theater. He was the musical director for the musical Pippin at High Point Theatre. After many plays with him behind the scenes as musical director he stepped onto the stage as an actor in House of Blue Leaves, playing Artie Shaugnessy, a triumphant success. David touched many lives with his gift of music. After a successful career in community theatre he returned to his career as the music minister of First Baptist Church in Phoenix AZ. David met his wife, Donna Hardes Collins while they were both students at Mars Hill College. They were married on May 31, 1970 at The First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC, Their first child Heather Leigh Collins was born on September 1, 1971 in Asheville, NC. Their second child, Courtney Elizabeth Collins was born on March 15, 1977. David finished his masters at Eastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He began working for his father, Leroy Collins at Southern Mill Supply Company in High Point shortly after his second child was born. Preceding him in death is his mother, Phyllis Collins, his granddaughter Hillary Paige Godfrey.and brother in law Doug Pinnell. Surviving family includes his father, David Leroy Collins, sister Catherine Pinnell,Donna Hardes Collins, Daughter Heather Collins, daughter Courtney Collins Hunter, son in law Stuart Hunter. Grandchildren include Mary Jordan Collins, daughter of Heather Collins, Emma Grace Collins, Avery Collins and Maxwell and Henry Hunter, children of Courtney and Stuart Hunter. Nephew and niece are Collins Stemler and Mollie Catherine Stemler, children of Catherine Pinnell. David was a devoted son, Father, and grandfather. His deep love for his family made a lasting impact and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The visitation will be held on Saturday evening from six until eight o’clock at Sechrest Funeral Home, 1301 E. Lexington Ave. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 18th at 1:00pm, with Dr. Richard Groves officiating. Following the service will be a graveside service at Floral Garden Cemetery. Please send on line condolences to,


  • Visitation Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 18, 2012

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David Collins Harmon-Vaught

November 19, 2012

Dear Donna, Leroy, Cathy and Families:
I am so saddened to hear the news about David's passing. We had so many good times together during his trips to "Tilly Swamp". I remember the summer that he played piano and or organ at a hotel in Myrtle Beach during college, and we had the opportunity to share some time together while he was living down here. I felt a special bond with him since we share his Great- Grandfather and my Grandfather Collins' names. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I share your loss.

Jeannie Garrett

November 18, 2012

My prayers and thoughts are with you all in this time of sorrow. David has left a legacy of love,kindness, patience,and integrity. He leaves memories of the funny side of him. We have shared some of the funny things that happened growing up. He and Cathey and "stica mica" and much more. I saw him as he took care of aunt Phyllis when she wasn't well. His planning of the 50th anniversary party for his mom and dad. Oh what fun! David left his imprint on everyone he touched. You have every reason to be proud of him,his accomplishments were many. His physical presence will be missed of course. But he will never leave any of us as long as we have memory.Just keep him in your heart and he will always be with you. God blessed us with Davids life and he blessed each one of us as well. David i salute you, you touched my life as we grew up, and have since becoming adults. Go with God. Jeannie Proffit Garrett (cousin)

Jeff, Rae, Charlotte & Jack Hicks

November 17, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Donna Collins

November 17, 2012

To our children Heather Leigh and Courtney Elizabeth, I express my gratitude for their continuing love and honor of their father. They continue to
raise hope in the future of the legacy they will leave through their own lives
lived with love, forgiveness, integrity, and compassion. You children
will always be loved by your own families and by God.

With Deepest Love,

Emma Collins

November 17, 2012

Hey Papa.... I want you to know that i love you so much. I always have and always will even now that your gone. Im really going to miss your hugs and bookstore trips along with your awesome cooking. I love you and miss you.
Love your Grandaughter,
- Emma Grace Collins

courtney hunter

November 17, 2012

Daddy, I miss you so much. You were the most loving, kind, compassionate man. Because of you, I have an unquechable thirst for knowledge. Because of you I will finish my college degree in English. You always believed in me as a mother and a writer. Because of you I will write even when it gets tough. Your beautiful grandchildren were so lucky to have you. I only wish our time had been longer.
You will live on in our hearts and minds. Your passion for the arts and knowledge is your legacy that will live on in each of us. And although I am not the cook you were I will make your shrimp creole for Christmas like you did every year. I love you Dad. I miss you.