Alan Brent Collins was born on May 21, 1958, in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, to 1st Lieutenant Earnest S. Collins and Margaret Sue Collins. \n\nHe attended Beaufort Academy High School. He enjoyed golf but excelled at soccer on some very talented teams. Alan briefly attended Wofford College before discovering his passion for flying, which took him to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he graduated ahead of schedule. \n\nUpon graduation, he eagerly pursued service to the country, joining the United States Air Force, flying KC-10 refueling planes, and ultimately, as commander. After seven years in the Air Force, he was honorably discharged. Alan spent his 20-year civilian career as a pilot and Captain for American Airlines. Based out of Miami, he primarily flew wide-body planes, including the Boeing 777, to international destinations such as South America and Europe. \n\nFollowing retirement, he moved back full-time to his home in Beaufort on Battery Creek, where he could be found boating, working tirelessly in his yard and camellia gardens. He owned professional property in the hospital district that was originally built by his father.\n\nAlan died on September 7, 2023, at the age of 65. He was a very much loved son, brother, and uncle. \n\nHe was predeceased by his father, Earnest S. Collins, MD. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Sue Collins; sister, Susan Ellen Collins; brother, Bradford S. Collins MD, sister-in-law Cynthia Collins; 3 nieces, Allison Coppage, Catherine Collins, Emily Kulze; and nephew, Ford Collins; and a growing number of great nieces and nephews.\n\nA private ceremony will be held at the National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on September 22, 2023.\n\nA service celebrating Alan’s life will be held at 12 p.m. at St. Helena’s Anglican Church, with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall.\n\nMemorials may be made to the Collins Birthing Center through Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation (990 Ribaut Road, Fourth Floor, Suite 300, Beaufort, SC 29902) or to the charity of your choice.