Tammy Hurd Collins, beloved wife of Jerry Collins and a woman whose passion was for good food, entertainment and friends, died June 12, 2018, at High Point Memorial Hospital of lung cancer. She was 57.
Tammy was born in Roanoke, Va., but spent the majority of her life in Greensboro, N.C. She also lived at times with her husband in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in Charlotte, N.C.
Her love of food and entertainment was forged during her years with A Pinch of Thyme catering company in Greensboro, where she was office manager. Her knowledge of events led her to host many celebrations for her friends at her homes, including annual Oktoberfest and St. Patrick’s Day gatherings.
She was known as a charming host, and also someone who went “all in” on the ventures she enjoyed—for work and for fun. She gave frequent time to charitable organizations, including a stint as chairwoman of fundraising for the Make a Wish Foundation in Greensboro.
Tammy loved to travel, and her love of adventure lead her to Spain, Italy several destinations in the Caribbean, and around the US.
Tammy met Jerry at the old Rhino Club in Greensboro, where they were introduced by a mutual friend. After meeting her for the first time, Jerry recalls saying to Tammy: “I don’t know you, but it’s my birthday and I’m going to go out to eat and I’d love to take you.” They had dinner that night at Southern Lights and were together for more than 25 years.
With Jerry, she shared a love of motorcycle riding and membership in a Harley club. They enjoyed rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway with many friends, frequently ending Sunday trips with memorable meals on such get-togethers.
When the motorcycle was sold during the years they lived in the flat terrain of Texas, Tammy and Jerry became owners of Porsche cars and members of local Porsche clubs. While living in Charlotte, Jerry became area director of the Metrolina region Porsche club and Tammy served as the region’s membership chair. They joined the Triad Porsche chapter once they moved back to Greensboro in 2014.
Another love in her life were the three Maltese dogs she and Jerry owned across their years together—Basil, Chardonnay and Francesca. The latter was a source of love for Tammy through the recent cancer battle that took her life. In 2010, Tammy had successfully fought breast cancer.
Tammy is survived by her husband, Jerry, originally of Athens, Ga.; godmother Kathy Spivey of Reidsville; sister-in-law Barbara Hurd, of Reidsville; brother-in-law Don Sipe, of Brown’s Summit; niece Megan Hurd Hancock and nephew John Michael Hurd, both of Reidsville; nephew Andy Hurd of Greensboro; sister-in-law Sandra Sorrells of Brunswick, Ga., and her husband, David; sister-in-law Cathy Tatum and her husband, Kevin, and their children, of Douglas, Ga.; mother-in-law Wilda Collins of Brunswick, Ga., and her many friends. Tammy was predeceased by her father, William Hurd; her mother, Nancy Saunders Hurd; her sister, Beth Sipe; and her brother, Michael Hurd.
Flowers may be sent by 5 p.m. Friday to the Triad Cremation Society & Chapel of Greensboro, 2110 Veasley St., Greensboro, NC 27407. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in the name of Tammy Hurd Collins to the American Cancer Society.