About Us

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is also known as the Burke County Hospital Authority.


Chris Collins

Robert “Chris” Collins, Chairman

Collins has been involved in the agriculture industry for over 35 years.  He owns and operates a grain elevator, peanut buying point, cotton gin and warehouse as well as being a producer of row crops.

He attended the University of Georgia and has lived in Burke County for 58 years.

Collins serves on the board of directors of First National Bank of Waynesboro and as Chairman of the budget committee of First Baptist Church.

He and his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth, have two children who joined his business after completing their education.

Ralph Dickey

Ralph Dickey, Vice Chairman

Dickey is a native of Waynesboro, Georgia.  He graduated from Waynesboro High School, attended South Georgia College, graduated from Augusta College as well as the Georgia School of Banking at the University of Georgia.

Upon graduating from college, Dickey began his banking career with Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust in Augusta, Georgia.  He worked briefly with First Union Bank in Augusta, Georgia.  Dickey has worked with Southern Bank in Waynesboro since 1987.

Currently, he serves as President and Vice Chairman of the bank’s board of directors.  Dickey also serves as Vice Chairman of Sardis Bankshares, Inc.  He is a member of the Waynesboro Exchange Club and previously served as President and Director. Dickey serves as the Director of Augusta Technical College’s Workplace Advisory Board.  He is married to his wife, Jean, and has three children.

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James “Rickie” Blackburn, Secretary / Treasurer

Blackburn, president of Delta Termite & Pest Control, Inc., has been in business for over 50 years.  He is the treasurer of the Waynesboro Masonic Lodge and a board director for Capital City Bank in Waynesboro.  He and his wife, Jeanie, have three children.  Jeanie and their two sons, Jason and Ben, work in the family business, while daughter, Jan, is a nanny for a local family. Jason’s wife, Caroline, works at First National Bank in Waynesboro.


Richard Bailey, CPA, P.C.

Bailey has owned his own accounting firm for over 33 years.  He graduated from Augusta College and has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for over 35 years.  Bailey serves on Augusta Technical College’s Advisory Board.  He is a member of First Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Georgia, and serves on the finance committee.  Also, Bailey is a member of the Waynesboro Exchange Club.  He is married to his wife, Linda, and has one son.