MYRTLE BEACH—Terry Wilton Collins, 67, died peacefully at his home on May 14 after courageously battling multiple myeloma in recent years.

Terry was born on Feb. 6, 1952, in Myrtle Beach, son of the late Ernest B. Collins Sr. and Lila L. Bordeaux Collins.

He was a dedicated husband, supportive father, loving grandfather, caring brother and loyal friend.

Terry loved life and enjoyed helping others. His hobbies included riding Harleys, collecting Corvettes and playing the guitar.

Terry was a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, class of 1971. He and his wife, Joy, were owners/operators of the Tropic House Motel for 33 years as well as the Second Avenue Pier.

Terry was predeceased in death by brother Ernest Collins Jr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joyce G. Collins; sons Teak Collins (Leigh Ann) and Trent Collins, both of Myrtle Beach; grandchildren Caden Collins of Myrtle Beach and Eden Stanley of Conway; sister Sandra McNutt and a supportive extended family.

A funeral service was held May 17 at Grand Strand Baptist Church with Dr. Freddie Young officiating. Burial followed at Ocean Woods Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to The Grand Strand Humane Society, 3241 Mr. Joe White Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238 or online at

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

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