Honorable Bobbie Collins
“Mrs. Collins is,” stated Superintendent Butch Frye, “an outstanding asset to the Emanuel County Board of Education. Her dedication and professionalism make her a valuable employee. She understands her community and strives to ensure that her values are reflected in her work.” On the windy afternoon of March 18, 1949, Bobbie, the youngest of 8 children was born to the late Albert Huston, Sr. and Mattie Huston. She has lived most of her life in Emanuel County.
Bobbie Jean Collins graduated from Emanuel County Elementary and High School and received a Clerical, Business and Office Technology Degree from Swainsboro Technical College in Swainsboro. She was married to the late Eschol Collins, Jr., and has three children, Gary, Toribia, Shaakira, and eight loving grandchildren. She is a member of the Lester Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she has served as church clerk for over 42 years, and is a senior choir member.
Bobbie and her two sisters, Bernice Handberry and Geraldine Smith—better known as “The Huston Sisters”—recorded their first gospel album, Don’t Run Around Having Fun and Leave The Lord’s Work Undone in 1995. They have performed throughout the Southeast receiving various awards and recognitions. She serves on the Franklin Memorial Library Board, is a member of Jethro Council, and participated in the Leadership Emanuel Program.
Elected to Swainsboro City Council, Ward 4, in November 2005, Bobbie pours all of her strengths into unifying the council to help build a better, safer, and stronger community for all citizens.