Bill and Faith Collins, 2019 HOC Board of Governors Award Recipients


Bill and Faith were each born in Rome and Floyd County.  Bill graduated from West Rome High School and Faith graduated from Pepperell high School. Faith also attended Floyd Junior College.

Their Community Activities Include:


  • Rome City Commission since 1996
  • Current Mayor Pro Tem
  • Chair-Redevelopment Committee
  • Chair-Kelsy-Aycock –Burrell Center
  • Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth
  •  Noon Optimist Club
  •  Northwest Georgia Minority Business Association
  • Life of Jesus in Action Church


  • Mercy Care of Rome Board
  • Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce
  • Northwest Georgia Minority Business Association
  • Patient Advisory Council-Floyd Medical Center
  • Rome School Board for 17 years-Current Chair
  • Life of Jesus in Action Church


Bill and Faith were listed in Rome News Tribune in 2010 as one of Rome’s “Power Couples.”

Bill and Faith are the owners of Collins Auto Clean Up.  They have a track record of hiring many employees who are trying to get back into society after incarceration. They are a positive influence by employing men and women who need a second chance.

Bill and Faith are the parents of to two grown children, William II and Sara and devoted grandparents to Tyler, Marquez and Faith.

Nominated by Wendy Davis “Growing their business from the ground up while helping others =become productive members of society. Leading our city schools and the city is what make Bill and Faith worthy”.


Libby and Ira Levy, 2018 HOC Board of Governors Recipients

Together the Levys have participated in::

  • Rome Symphony Orchestra
  • Ira as past president.
  • Libby with “Symphony Supper” series.
  • Hosted “President’s Luncheons” for Rome Symphony debutantes.
  • Honored by the Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation.
  • Fairview E.S. Brown School project.
  • Darlington School’s “Rome Parents Program” for boarding students.
  • Renovation of residential & commercial bldgs., Between-The-Rivers Historic District.
  • Georgia Cities Foundation Renaissance Award for Forrest Hotel renovation.
  • Rome Shakespeare Festival.
  • Hosted members of the Moscow Children’s Theater during their stay in Rome.
  • Hosted delegates from Ueki-town, Japan during Rome’s City-to-City Exchange.

Ira’s additional activities:

  • Leadership Rome
  • Past president, Rodeph Shalom Congregation.
  • Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce
  • Past member of Exchange and Rotary Clubs.
  • Former board member DeSoto Theater Foundation.
  • Sports teams sponsor.
  • Spaghetti Suppers for Angel Express.
  • Past Chairman of Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation.
  • Emeritus board member of Georgia Trust For Historic Preservation.

Libby’s additional activities:

  • Past president Camellia Garden Club.
  • Friendship Force’s Georgia to Georgia Exchange in 1990.
  • Independently collected and took relief to Georgia for many years.
  • Designed the logos for Rome Federation of Garden Clubs & Symphony Debutantes.
  • Former board member Rome History Museum.
  • New Romans.
  • Volunteered time, art, food and design work for many Rome organizations’ fundraisers.

Ira and Libby have three children: Sam, Ben and Liz.

Nominated by Shane Walley, who says, ”From a very young age, I have seen firsthand the love, generosity and devotion Ira and Libby have displayed toward Rome and its citizens. I am extremely proud they are being honored by the Heart of the Community. I can’t think of a more  deserving couple.”