Lt. Collins procession 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Lt. Collins procession 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Public urged to line route with waving flags

A welcome home procession for a fallen Tyrone soldier is expected to begin around 12:30 Thursday.

The procession for 1st Lt. Robert W. Collins, 24, will leave from Peachtree City's Falcon Field and citizens are encouraged to line the route and wave flags in his honor.

The procession route is as follows:

Exiting Falcon Field, left on Dividend Drive;

• Right on TDK Boulevard/Crosstown Road;

• Left on Ga. Highway 74 North through Peachtree City

• Left on Crabapple Lane;

• Right on Senoia Road through downtown Tyrone;

• North on Hwy. 74;

• Right on Jenkins Road;

• Left on Ellison Road;

• Left on Sandy Creek Road;

• North on Hwy. 74 to Parrott Funeral Home.

The military plane carrying Lt. Collins is expected to land at Falcon Field at noon. There will be a brief honor guard ceremony at the airport before the procession leaves.

Below is the story published in the Wednesday, April 7 edition about Lt. Collins' death.

A Tyrone man who gave his all for his country will be laid to rest here Saturday.

Army First Lieutenant Robert Collins, 24, died April 7 in Iraq when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device near Mosul in northern Iraq, military officials said.

Lt. Collins, a 2004 graduate of Sandy Creek High School and a 2008 graduate of West Point Military Academy, is expected to be flown into Peachtree City’s Falcon Field Airport sometime Thursday. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Citizens are encouraged to participate in Thursday’s procession by lining the route and waving flags to honor Lt. Collins as the motorcade passes by.

Besides Lt. Collins, who was the platoon commander, the roadside explosion also killed the vehicle’s driver, Pfc. William A. Blount, 21, of Petal, Miss., according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The incident happened near Tall Abtah, northern Iraq (near Mosul) on April 7. Collins and Blount were both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Lt. Collins’ unit was based in Tall Abtah and among its tasks were operations to improve security and the quality of life for the Iraqi people, he wrote on a recent update to his platoon’s Facebook page. The 2nd platoon also helped provide security for the recent national election in Iraq.

In the note, Collins wrote proudly of his soldiers’ accomplishments and expressed thanks for the continuing support from those stateside.

Former Sandy Creek classmate Andre Lecour, in a personal blog post, said Collins “was compassionate and at the same time had a great sense of humor that could not be matched.”

“Robert would always be there for people when they needed help, be it in class, personal life or just to give someone a laugh to make them feel better,” Lecour said. “When I was at my lowest of lows, Robert would be there for support.”

Collins was recalled by one commenter at www.TheCitizen.com as standing out from the crowd as a youth.

“He knew early on the direction he wanted to take and he became an exceptional soldier,” the poster wrote.

Another person called Lt. Collins his “hero in high school” as they got to know each other on the football team.

“I can honestly say that knowing Robert Collins made me a better person. Back then he was just my hero. ... Now Robert is a hero to all of America.”

Lt. Collins is survived by his parents, Lt. Col. (ret.) Burkitt “Deacon” Collins and Lt. Col. (ret.) Sharon L.G. Collins along with Nicole Williams, his childhood sweetheart and girlfriend of eight years among other extended family members. The family’s church is Hopewell United Methodist in Tyrone.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory in Fairburn, and online condolences may be made at www.parrottfuneralhome.com.

There will be an opportunity for citizens to honor Lt. Collins during the procession following the funeral. The procession will leave New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville on New Hope Road; south on Ga. Highway 85 through Fayetteville; and west on Ga. Highway 54 west through Peachtree City. Once in Coweta County the procession will continue on Ga. Highway 34, then the Hwy. 34 bypass to the gravesite on Roscoe Road.

Lt. Collins will be escorted at all processions by motorcycles from the Patriot Guard of Georgia, a group dedicated to honoring fallen American heroes.

The family is asking donations in Lt. Collins’ memory to be made to the 1LT Robert Wilson Collins Patriot Spirit Scholarship, c/o Bank of Georgia, 100 Westpark Drive, Peachtree City, Ga. 30269.

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God Bless America

I personally didn't know Collins in school, but I do know that he was a great guy. I remember passing him in the hallways. He was always smiling. My prayers go out to his friends and family. Wish I could have been there standing with everybody showing support. All soldiers deserve that support.

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Another Child Of THE KING OF Kings have returned HOME to our HEAVENLY FATHER along with a friend.IN HEAVEN THEY AWAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wow nice crowd

As I stood there and saluted I was struck by the emotion of it all. How many understand what he did. I was very impressed by the local private school on Ardenlee that had the whole group out with flags and all. What an example they showed. That school has added to this community so much...and NO I am not a member. just that in the year I have been here they seem to be everywhere with positive influence.

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I went this morning to Falcon Field to see the arrival of Lt. Collins' remains. Then I went to Sandy Creek High School to see the processional pass. I am proud to see that patriotism is not dead. I just hope in some way, it helps the family deal with a particularly rough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. GOD BLESS AMERICA ! Stan Sorrells, Viet Nam Vet

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Lt Collins

Even though I did not personally know Lt Collins, my heart felt prayers are with the family. Nicolle, I pray for strength and peace for you thru this most difficult time.

In God's Love,
Nancy Reeder

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John Munford

Do you know at what intersection the procession will join Hwy 74 in PTC from the airport Thurs.?

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My guess would be

My guess would be TDK/Crosstown.
That is where the turn was made for the last fallen warrior's procession.

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TDK/Crosstown onto 74 North

it is. Thanks, Citizen.