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Army lieutenant from Tyrone dies in IED blast in northern Iraq

Army 1st Lt. Robert Collins of Tyrone died Wednesday in Iraq when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, military officials said.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Lt. Collins is expected to be flown into Peachtree City’s Falcon Field Airport sometime Thursday and citizens are welcome to line the route to welcome him home. The procession will go north on Ga. Highway 74, 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 then back onto Hwy. 74 north to Parrott Funeral Home.

The estimated time of arrival for Collins' flight Thursday will be published here at as soon as it is available.

Besides 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.

Neighbors have lined the Collins' Tyrone area neighborhood with flags in a tribute to Lt. Collins and also to provide moral support for the family.

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

Collins was a 2004 graduate of Sandy Creek High School and a 2008 graduate of West Point Military Academy. He was also engaged to be married. Collins was also a member of American Legion Post 105 in Fayetteville.

Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah issued the following statement Saturday afternoon:

“The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Lt. Robert Collins who has been tragically killed in Iraq while serving our country.

“Lt. Collins was a resident and high school graduate of Fayette County.

“We recently were contacted by Lt. Collins’ family who appreciate all the support from the community and the media. However, at this time they would like to request that you consider them as they try and mourn this tragic loss.

“They want to convey to you in the media that the best way to honor their loved one is to allow them to privately grieve.

“We at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office would like to honor this family’s wish and encourage you to take consideration into this matter.”



Please keep these thoughts with you.

There was more class, more humanity, more bravery and more love of a cause (our freedom) in your dear, dear soldier's pinky than there EVER was or EVER will be in that of a legion of these desert rat cowards.

I honor his life and all his courage. And that of his platoon commander and the driver and the others injured. And I truly share your grief. As the days go on, I wish you only the happy memories of the son, grandson, brother, and friend that he was. And I hope that you can focus on all of the good that his way too short life accomplished.

Thank you for serving our country and giving the ultimate sacrifice in defending her. God bless you and your family.

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Robert will be remembered by his friends and family here in Tyrone as the young man that stood out from the crowd. He knew early on the direction he wanted to take and he became an exceptional soldier.

Our nation will now honor him for his giving the last full measure of devotion. Our prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all who loved and knew this fine young man. I am always saddened to hear of those serving our country whose lives are affected so tragically.
I have no words for the family that can help. All I can think of is I'm so very sorry and thank you.
May God comfort all of you and give you peace.

My daughter graduated from SCHS with Robert and Nicole in 2004. I remember Robert being the mascot for Flat Rock Middle School and his dancing around on the football field. I have heard many stories of how funny Robert was. He was always doing something to keep everyone's spirits up. He was such a fine young man, and he and Nicole were such a precious couple. Even though I didn't know Robert very well personally, I felt like I knew him through all the stories. Please know that we are keeping Robert, Nicole, the Collins Family, and all of Robert's many friends in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for this great loss. We do want to thank Robert for his dedication and loyalty to his country. He is a true hero that shall live on in the hearts and memories of all his friends.

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and PFC Anthony Blount.

My prayers to both of these heroes and their families.

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Robert Collins was my hero in high school. When i was a freshman he was a senior. I got to know him through the football team that we were both members of. Robert took the time to get to know me, something most seniors don't do when it comes to freshman, and quickly we became friends. I honestly thought that he was the coolest and funniest person that i had ever met. Some of my best memories of Sandy Creek were watching his commercials on the morning announcements. Throughout High School i tried to be just like Robert. I even joined many of the same clubs that he had been in. 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. The Collins family will continue to be in my prayers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with LT Collins and PFC Blount.

LT Collins maintained a Facebook page for his unit, which allowed friends and relatives to see what his platoon was doing in Iraq.

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Condolences to the family of this brave soldier. My prayers go out to you and all the soldiers that are over there.My baby girl was in the vehicle behind them and is horrified since that was the first time she experienced seeing anything like that. Now I pray she will be ok.

I can echo all the positive comments in this blog about Robert. I had the pleasure of knowing him through church and being his swimming coach at Sandy Creek HS. We have lost a great young man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

"Be Thou At Peace"

As a former Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor at Sandy Creek High School from 2002-2006 school year, I remembered Robert Collins at school. He died serving his country proudly! As a West Point graduate, he commanded a platoon and gave positive directions to his troops. GOD bless the Collins family. He surely will be missed! GOD SPEED!!!

Karvellis Lee
Master Sergeant, USAF Retired

Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near,
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let duty be well performed,
Honor be e'er untarned,
Country be ever armed,
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thy sons, aright,
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we still loyal be,
West Point, to thee.

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, 'Well Done;
Be Thou At Peace.'
E'er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day,
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

Rest in peace and thank you for giving your "last full measure" for your country. You and your family are in our prayers. 'Well Done; Be Thou At Peace.'


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When he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heav'n so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Here are some details for services for Lt. Robert W. Collins.

He will be flown into Falcon Field in Peachtree City on this Thursday, April 15. The time has not yet been announced.
The Patriot Guard Riders will be at all events to accompany this soldier and his family.
We NEED to be out there along the road with our flags to show our respect and gratitude to this family. Pass the word on !!!!

Friday 4-16-10
5pm - 8pm

Parrott funeral Home
8355 Senoia Rd. ( Hwy.74)
Fairburn, Ga 30213

Saturday - 17 April 2010, 10 AM

New Hope Baptist Church North
551 New Hope Road
Fayetteville, Ga.

Interment: Following Services

Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
656 Roscoe Rd
Newnan, Ga.

Thank you, Sandytoes. Please keep us posted as to the time and route.

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I went to school with him from middle school all the way through high school.

I remember the laughs he made. More than most, I remember his intelligence. I honor his contribution to my life. And every day I go to work, and every day I think about what I must do in the future, I remember his sacrifice.

I pray I will be able to do the same as he when my time is upon me.

Robert, though of different service, I grieve for you as I would a brother. You will not be forgotten in your sacrifice.

Lcpl Little

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