Edna Echols Gordon Collins
Funeral services Edna Echols Gordon Collins, 101, of Clemson, South Carolina, were held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 16, in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Clemson with Dr. Keith Ray and Dr. Rick Standard officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 17, with Rev. Megan Augustine officiating. She died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the home of her daughter.
A native of Wilkes County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Richard Perry and Hassie Norman Echols. Mrs. Collins lived in Brevard, North Carolina from 1954-1969 and taught school there for several years. She moved back to Wilkes County, and retired from teaching in Washington, Georgia in 1978. Before moving to Clemson in 1999, she lived in Greenwood, South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas Jay Gordon and Harry E. Collins; sisters Ruby Echols Metcalf and Christine Echols Gordon; brothers Frank, Ralph, George, Eugene, Clifford, Fred and Jack Echols.
Mrs. Collins was a member of Clemson United Methodist Church. She graduated from Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia in 1932. Her love of Young Harris was apparent to all who knew her because she delighted in sharing stories of what it was like attending college during the Depression and of her great love of playing basketball.
Her love of handwork and craft projects showed as she developed a love of making bookmarks. She eagerly shared her love for each family member as she made a special bookmark for each one.
Mrs. Collins is survived by one daughter, Donna Gordon of Clemson, South Carolina; two grandsons, Jon McCall and his wife Sherri of Charleston, South Carolina, and Jay McCall of Houston, Texas; two great-grandsons, Seth McCall and Elias McCall of Charleston, South Carolina; one great-granddaughter, Gabriella McCall of Houston, Texas; and a number of special nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Collins’ family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Medi- Home Hospice of Seneca, South Carolina, and Dr. Billy Campbell for their kind and loving care during her last years. They not only loved and cared for her but nurtured and cared for our family as well.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clemson United Methodist Church, 300 Frontage Road, Clemson, SC 29631 or to the Young Harris College Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 275, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or at the funeral home. Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Clemson was in charge of arrangements.