David Coleman Colvin, Sr. ’40

David Coleman Colvin, Sr. ’40 of Gastonia, N.C., died February 5, 2006. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson where he lettered, was 2nd chair violinist, and a member of Pi Kappa Phi. He attended Harvard Business School before being called into active duty. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the 4020th AFBU, and he attended the Command & General Staff School in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was with Gen. MacArthur when the Japanese surrendered. He served in the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia during World War II, and in Greenland during the Korean War. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force. David was self-employed as an auto dealer and a real estate agent. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Builders Sunday School Class, former member of the Downtown Rotary Club, member of Masonic Lodge, York Rite Bodies and Shriners, Christian Businessmen’s Bible Study, and past president of N.C. Automobile Dealers Association. Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Fannie Sue Falls Colvin, 633 Kirby Ave., Gastonia, N.C. 28053; son and daughter-in-law, David Colvin, Jr., and Karen of Denver, N.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Roy Lockett of Gastonia, Anne and Charles Winters of Gastonia; grandchildren, Charles and Elizabeth Anne Winters of Gastonia, Madeline and Susan Colvin of Denver, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Colvin McCall.