George H. Collins, 76

State prison warden

October 22, 2006

George Howard "Toots" Collins, a former warden with the Maryland Division of Correction who was active in numerous community organizations, died of complications from diabetes Tuesday at Continuum Care of Sykesville. He was 76.

Mr. Collins graduated from Robert Moton High School and attended Catonsville Community College, Baltimore Community College and the University of Baltimore. He received a bachelor's and a master's degree in criminal justice from Coppin State University.

He was warden of the Maryland State Penitentiary and Jessup Pre-Release Unit. He also served as a corrections officer and was a captain at Community Vocational and Rehabilitation and Relief Center. Mr. Collins also worked as a car salesman and as a custodian at Sykesville High School.

Mr. Collins was active in numerous organizations and served as president of Concerned Citizens of Carroll County, Sykesville Middle School Parent Teachers Association, South Carroll High School PTA and Sykesville Recreation Association. He also was treasurer of Former Students and Friends of Robert Moton School; a lay speaker with Johnsville United Methodist Church; post commander of American Legion Post No. 294; and vice chairman of the Carroll County United Fund.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Hazel S. Collins; two sons, Bradley Collins of Sykesville and Marvin Collins of Baltimore; two daughters, Phyllis C. Johnson of Randallstown and Jessica E. Garner of Sykesville; a brother, Ronald Collins of Randallstown; two sisters, Gladys B. Smith of Sykesville and Joan L. Armstrong of Owings Mills; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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