It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of a remarkable individual, Mr. Alan Brent Collins, a proud member of the Beaufort Academy Class of 1976. Alan’s journey through life was marked by dedication, passion, and unwavering service to both his country and his community.
Alan’s early years were filled with a love for golf and a remarkable talent for soccer, where he shone brightly on exceptionally talented teams. He embarked on his educational journey at Wofford College before discovering his true passion for flying, a passion that led him to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Alan’s determination and commitment led him to graduate ahead of schedule.
Upon graduation, Alan eagerly answered the call to serve his country and joined the United States Air Force, where he piloted KC-10 refueling planes and eventually rose to the rank of commander. His seven years in the Air Force were marked by dedication and a deep sense of duty.
After his distinguished military career, Alan continued to pursue his love of flying, spending 20 years as a pilot and Captain for American Airlines. Based in Miami, he commanded wide-body aircraft, including the Boeing 777, on international routes to South America and Europe.
Following his retirement, Alan returned full-time to his beloved home in Beaufort, overlooking Battery Creek. He found solace in boating and poured his heart and soul into meticulously tending to his yard and camellia gardens, creating a vibrant tapestry of natural beauty.
A private ceremony to honor Alan’s memory will take place at the National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on September 22, 2023. Following this solemn occasion, we will gather at St. Helena’s Anglican Church at 12 p.m. to celebrate Alan’s life, a life marked by courage, dedication, and a love of flying high.
In tribute to Alan Brent Collins, let us remember the values he held dear and the dedication he showed to his country, his family, and his community. Fly high, Eagle, and may your legacy forever inspire us to reach for the skies.
With heartfelt sympathy,
[Your Name] [Beaufort Academy Class of 1976]