February 3, 1943 – October 3, 2019
WINTER HAVEN- Dave Collins died Oct 3rd, 2019 at Winter Haven Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born February 3, 1943 in Decatur, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama. After graduation, he worked in retail at several locations in the Southeastern United States with Sears and Montgomery Ward. From 1967 to 1977 Dave served with the Alabama National Guard and the Florida National Guard Dave came to Winter Haven, Florida in 1974 and opened Village Realty, which he operated until his death, and was instrumental in the development of Southwest Winter Haven. During his real estate career, Dave served as President of the East Polk County Association of Realtors, District 10 Vice President for the Florida Association of Realtor, and has been awarded as Realtor of the Year. He Served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Realtors and as State Chairman of the Realtor Political Action Committee for the National Association of Realtors. Dave was one of the first members of the National Association of Residential Property Managers where he remained active and served on many committees. Dave owned and operated Bankstreet Builders which built homes in Winter Haven for 38 years. In his role as a builder he served as the President of the Polk County Builders Association and was director for the Florida Association of Builders.
Dave was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida and had served as a deacon. Most recently, he was a member of Redeemer City church, which succeeded Covenant. Dave and his wife have had a weekend home at Indian Shores since 1982. They attended Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Seminole when at the beach. They were never quite ready to retire, it just seemed to work out for them to enjoy weekends at the beach. He always said that he took his retirement in little pieces; a few days at a time. They became really familiar with the beach area between Clearwater and St. Pete Beach over 30+ years and enjoyed many long weekends. He considered himself a good beach bum.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents JD Collins and Leta Collins. Dave is survived by his wife and partner, Phyllis T Collins, daughter Teresa Baumbach (Ray), granddaughter Katie Baumbach, grandson Andy Baumbach, and brothers Douglas Collins of Hartselle, AL and Mike Collins of Atlanta, GA.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held Saturday Oct 12 at 10:30am, at Redeemer City Church, 1410 Dundee Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33884.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Redeemer’s Grace Abounding Fund (graceabounding.org) or Hollis Cancer Center, Lakeland, FL.
- Dave was preceded in death by his parents JD Collins and Leta Collins. Dave is survived by his wife and partner, Phyllis T Collins, daughter Teresa Baumbach (Ray), granddaughter Katie Baumbach, grandson Andy Baumbach, and brothers Douglas Collins of Hartselle, AL and Mike Collins of Atlanta, GA.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, October 12, 2019
October 12, 2019
I will miss my friend Dave greatly. He was a Man amongst Men . Strong, caring, kind and a true leader. No more suffering my friend.
October 11, 2019
I am saddened greatly by Dave’s passing. Dave was a customer of mine, and I was a customer of his. I purchased a home and two lots through Dave and his wife, Phyllis. Dave will be missed. My prayers are with Dave and his family.
October 10, 2019
Great citizen. Blessings. Rip. He grew Winterhaven. Thanks for your service Dave
October 9, 2019
We are in shock & speechless having learned of Dave's passing, so sudden...
Dave had always been a gentleman who acted professionally & respectfully to others. His vast knowledge in building & real estate was invaluable.
Please accept our sincere condolences to Phyllis and family, also to Joshua and Aida who had worked closely with Dave.
It is a big loss to Village Realty & Polk county community as a whole.
Huong Cox & Douglas Jaeckel
Beverly & Dave Lebeck/Nuske
October 8, 2019
So sorry to hear about Dave's death. Our daughter Lynn thought the world of both Dave & Phylis. You have our deepest condolences. We appreciate all you have done for Tim and Lynn. We all experience loss in our way and no one can understand your personal loss at this time.
May peace and God be with you.
October 8, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. Dave was a good man and will be missed by many. Much love to family and friends.
- Jessie (Lynn Laatsch's daughter)
October 7, 2019
Dave was a great friend! He was in our wedding and we will always remember the fun times we had working together at Sears. Long time memories from our high school days to adulthood, you will be missed my friend! Romans 8:28