Before earning his spot as a highly-respected citizen and businessman in Camden, George graduated from Mather Academy and attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and the McAllister School of Embalming in New York. Amon, Jr. followed in his brother's footsteps and graduated from the McAllister School of Embalming in 1947.
Amon, Jr. worked at Collins Funeral Home until 1966, when he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and entered the insurance business. He died in 1967.
Mack, Sr. disassociated himself from the funeral home professionally and attended the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago after graduating from Mather Academy. He moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and worked for an insurance company during the last decade of his life. He died, December 31, 1975.
George, on the other hand, operated Collins Funeral Home up until his death, March 14, 1974.
The glass hearse that sits in front of the funeral home was first used at the beginning of the business in 1914. After motorized vehicles came on the scene, the hearse was retired in 1923. But the quaint glass carriage has been used just once since then. In March, 1980, one of Mrs. Collins students asked to be transported to the local cemetery (Cedars Cemetery) for burial by the carriage. Mrs. Collins honored the special request and the carriage was restored to its proper place in front of the funeral home as the landmark.
Mrs. Willie Mae Collins became sole proprietor, following her husband's death, until June, 1999. She died June 28, 2006.