James Randall "Randy" Collins (2018-09-01 13:34:00)

James Randall “Randy” Collins is now umpiring on the “Field of Dreams”. Randy passed away Thursday afternoon, August 30, 2018.

Randy was born July 14, 1957 in Surry County, North Carolina, a son of Jim Collins and the late Sara Schuyler Collins.

Randy retired from teaching and touching many children’s lives at North Stokes High School, C.B. Eller Elementary, and Green Valley Elementary School in 2010.

He lettered in football, baseball, and basketball at North Stokes High School and was All-Conference in multiple sports.

He graduated with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education/Fitness at Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in the same field at Gardner-Webb University.

He was an Elder in the Fransisco Presbyterian Church and a member of Fransisco Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Chief and was twice named Rescue Person of the Year before moving to Watauga county.

While in Boone, he served as Chief of Watauga County Rescue for 26 years. He was also an EMT, emergency vehicle operations course instructor and a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician examiner, and he served on the Appalachian State University Yosef Advisory Board. Randy was the official scorekeeper for Appalachian State Men’s Basketball and in charge of first aid gameday operations for the Appalachian State Football Team. He most recently volunteered for the Folds of Honor Golf Marathon at Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, SC and was volunteering at the Peter Pedroni Memorial Golf Tournament when he passed.

Randy had two hobbies he loved, the first one was saving lives through his service at Watauga Rescue and Watauga Medics. His second was as a college baseball umpire, in which he was either behind the plate or on the bases in the Big South, Southern, South Atlantic, and Carolina conferences. His smile got even larger when “he was called up” to umpire for the Hickory Crawdads and the Asheville Tourist baseball teams.

Randy lived a life of service.

Randy is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jeannine Underdown Collins and his beloved Bella, his father, Jim Collins, his brother, Greg Collins, and wife, Susan Hathcock, and nephew, Will Collins of Fransisco, Stokes county, NC, and many special friends.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 5th at Hampton Funeral Service.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Boone United Methodist Church at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 6th with a gathering of friends to follow at the Appalachian State University Baseball Field, rain or shine as there is cover if needed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Randy Collins Athletic Training Scholarship - Yosef Club, c/o the ASU Foundation, P.O. Box 32064, Boone, NC 28608 or Watauga County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 3394, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Collins family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.