Marion Jackson “Boyd” Colgate Sr., 89

Published 4:34 pm Thursday, April 30, 2015

CHASE CITY, April 30 — After a long, successful and joyful life, another of “The Greatest Generation,” Marion Jackson “Boyd” Colgate Sr., 89, of Chase City, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 24, 2015. He was born on December 10, 1925 in Saxe to the late William Carl Colgate Sr. and the late Onie Anne Dickerson Colgate.

He was a proud American, Navy man, self-made businessman, and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Mr. Colgate is a World War II Navy Veteran and proudly fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima, a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Chase City, owner of Colgate and Company, member of the Masonic Lodge 119, member of the Shriners Club and founding board member of the Virginia Aquarium. He is also a member of the American Legion Post 43, VFW Post 8228, former member of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, former member of Chase City Volunteer Fire Department, former Secretary of Economic Development of Virginia Beach, former CEO of the Cavalier Corporation in Virginia Beach, and Citizen of the Year of Chase City.

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He is survived by two daughters, Beverley Colgate Franklin and her husband, Walter of Richmond, and Carolyn Colgate Cantrell of Richmond; two sons, M.J. Colgate Jr. and his wife, Kelly of Chase City, and Curtis Colgate and Ashley Breen of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, Christian Craft and his wife, Chasity, Anne-Elizabeth Taydus and her husband, Nick, Cade Colgate and his wife, Ashley, Clay Colgate and Claire Cantrell; three great-grandchildren, Carter, Cate and Carlie; numerous nieces and nephews; the mother of his three oldest children, Mildred S. Colgate; and devoted friend and 55-year employee of Colgate & Company, Ray Rickman. Mr. Colgate was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne Dixon Colgate, and his brothers and sisters, Selma McKinney, Billy Colgate, Onie “Tootlie” Ellington, Nellie Baugh, Curtis Colgate, Edward Colgate, Mary Lee Hudson, Marjorie Colgate and Ruth “Bootsie” Newcomb.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 28 at Centenary United Methodist Church with interment at Woodland Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 43.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scout Troop 7430 of Chase City, Attn: BSA Troop #7430, 350 N. Marshall St., Chase City, VA 23924.

Online condolences may be expressed at Newcomb Allgood Funeral Home, Chase City, was in charge of the arrangements.