Collins and Charlotte Chew were married Dec. 27, 1953. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Friday.
In this photograph, Charlotte is wearing the same sweater she had on the first time Collins saw her on Sept. 25, 1945 when he was 14 years old. After Collins saw Charlotte at a church party in Atlanta, Ga., he spent the next several weeks asking acquaintances, “Who was that girl in the green sweater?” They soon were dating and were married eight years later.
Directly after their wedding, the couple moved to Kingsport, where Collins had been hired to be a chemical engineer at Eastman Kodak.
They are the parents of David Chew and wife Diann, Keron Privon and husband Chris, and Carolyn Barry and husband Jud. They have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Collins has been an avid hiker and an active member of the Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club. He is a published author who has written several books on local geology and the geology of the Appalachian Trail.
Charlotte is an accomplished seamstress and was a longtime volunteer with both the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.
They are both charter members of Colonial Heights Christian Church.