DUMAS – Longtime Moore County News Press Editor Gardner Collins died Dec. 14 in Amarillo at the age of 85.
Collins spent 30 years with the News-Press, retiring in 1994. Five years later, he was inducted into the Panhandle Press Hall of Fame.
Collins graduated from Texas A&M University in 1954 with a major in journalism. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he began his newspaper career with The Borger News-Herald in 1956. He also worked for the Paris News and The Hereford Brand as a reporter-photographer before moving to Dumas in 1964.
Collins spent 38 years as a journalist, with 30 of those years being spent with the Moore County News Press. He retired as news editor in 1994.
In 1994 Collins moved to Canyon, where he became an active member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and a volunteer of various organizations, including Hospice and the Panhandle Plains Museum.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Roberson-Collins, and two daughters, five grandchildren and other relatives.
A celebration of life service was held Dec. 21, at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Canyon.