Paul Akers Collins

December 27, 1921January 7, 2021
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Paul Akers Collins, 99, formerly of High Point, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at High Point Regional Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents William Blaine Collins and Lillie Smith Collins, his wife Ruby Wyrick Collins, and his two sisters Dorothy Warren and Thelma Byers. He was born on December 27, 1921 in Patrick County, Virginia, but he resided in High Point for 88 Years of his life. For the past five years, he has resided at River Landing in Colfax.

Paul was a World War II veteran, a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Friendly Bible Sunday School Class, while being devoted to his family and his businesses. After moving to High Point in 1927, he became a life long resident there. He graduated from High Point Central High School in 1939 and attended Jones Business College. He then worked for Lee Carpet Company before joining the WW II effort by enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1942. He served for 3 1/2 years, during which time he was stationed in North Africa, China, and Burma. He was awarded 4 Bronze Service Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Bronze Star Medal among others. After the war, he came home to High Point where he was a member of the Jaycees for over 8 years, the general manager at AMSCO Fabrics for 24 years until he founded his own company, P. Collins Ltd. Fabrics in 1970, where he worked as President until his retirement in 1992. He met his wife Ruby on a blind date in Raleigh and they were married on August 21, 1948. They had a long happy marriage of 62 years together before her death in 2011.

Paul dearly loved his wife, family, friends, church family, employees, and Army buddies. He was a wonderful provider and caretaker for his family, and a good friend to all. He dedicated many years of his life to the hard work of building two fabric businesses, raising a family, helping others, and in service to his church and community.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Delk of Wilmington, N.C.; son, Craig Collins of Winston Salem; granddaughter Kimberly Delk Davis and Dustin Davis of New Orleans, Louisiana and granddaughter Laurie Delk of Cary, N.C., great-grandsons Dylan and Elijah, and great-granddaughter Coco, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins around North Carolina and Virginia.

Paul was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, who was so proud of each member of his family and always cherished his happy times spent with them. He leaves behind a legacy of a life well-lived and well-loved, an example for us all. He will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to Christ United Methodist Church building fund P.O Box 6575, H.P. or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A lie in state for Paul will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 11:00pm to 2:30pm at Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point. A family graveside service will take place in the mausoleum chapel of Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 3:00pm; Pastor Jeff Martin, of Franklinville and Rehobeth Methodist churches, is officiating.

Online condolences for the Collins family may be made at


  • William Blaine & Lillie Smith Collins, Parents (deceased)
  • Ruby Wyrick Collins, Wife (deceased)
  • Cheryl Delk, Daughter
  • Craig Collins, Son
  • Kimberly Delk Davis & husband Dustin, Granddaughter
  • Laurie Delk, Granddaughter
  • Dylan Davis, Great Grandson
  • Elijah Delk, Great Grandson
  • Coco Davis, Great Granddaughter
  • Dorothy Warren, Sister (deceased)
  • Thelma Byers, Sister (deceased)
  • Mr. Collins is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, & cousins around North Carolina & Virginia.

  • Christ United Methodist Church (Building Fund)
  • The Alzheimer's Association


  • Lie in State

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Jenny Newton

January 21, 2021

I worked for Paul as his secretary in the early 70's at P. Collins, Ltd. He was the best boss I ever had. He surely will be missed. He was a great man. God Bless all of you. Sincerely, Jenny Newton

Carol Franks

January 20, 2021

I remember, as a close Friend of Cheryl, how Mr. Collins was such a WONDERFUL FATHER and GRANDFATHER. He adored his children and Grandchildren. He was also a very kind, considerate, and Honest Sweet Man..
No doubt, he will be Missed by all who knew him. Am Praying for the Family to have peace while Grieving their their Huge Loss.

Donald Angel

January 18, 2021

To the family of your Father and my best Boss Man. Paul was the best. I have so many fun times in the summer months working at American Supply on Broad St. with our sincere sympathy. 2Timothy 4:7. Donald & James Angel

Susan Connor

January 16, 2021

Cheryl and Craig
Our prayers are with you, Paul will be missed.
He was there my whole life and my heart is sad.
Love Susan and Doug

Hazeline Lisk

January 15, 2021

Cheryl, our sincere condolences to you and the girls. I know your dad was someone who joyfully and deeply loved his family and country. As good an epitaph as anyone can have. You have been his tower of strength through his failing health years, having been there for him through thick and thin rendering love and understanding as only a daughter can. The best any parent could hope for. God bless you!
Hazeline and Jim Lisk

Janice Byers

January 15, 2021

So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Ray Meadows

January 14, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Paul gave me my first job in 1970 after service in the Navy at P. Collins Ltd. A wonderful gentleman to work for...I know he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers for the family during this time


Dad as a boy


Dad as a boy


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