October 18, 1967 - January 28, 2022
Donald Ray Colson was born October 18th, 1967, in Davidson, NC to William James Colson Sr. and Dorothy Colson. He was called home on January 28th, 2022, after an extended illness. Donald attended Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 1986, where he was a standout athlete in football and track. He also graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1990. It was here he met his wife of 27 years, Melanie. Donald had a love of sports which was one of the many things he loved to share with his father. He was awarded the “Gridiron Great” recognition for his standout abilities in football in 1986 and received many other recognitions in track and field in high school and college. He was an diehard Redskins and Tarheel fan. After graduating from UNC, he worked for AAA Cooper, where he taught himself to drive a tractor trailer. He eventually became the Human Resource manager there. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own logistic transportation company, VIP Courier Express, with his sister Tamela in 2000, which has grown to include several satellite branches and over 150 employees and contractors. Donald was a member of Greater Providence Baptist Church. He also belonged to the Heart to Heart 597 Masonic Lodge in Charlotte and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Donald had a caring and generous spirit and always helped people in need everywhere, often without being asked. He was preceded in death by his father, William Colson, Sr. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Melanie, two sons, Donald Jr. and Chase, one daughter, Taylor, James Bennett, who was like a son, one grand-daughter London, his mother, Dorothy Colson, two brothers, Tyrone and William, Jr, six sisters, Priscilla (Butler), Johnsie (Bryant), Marie, Odessa, Melissa, Tamela (Tommy), mother-in-law Betty Saunders, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and extended family members as well as many friends.
Donald Ray Colson was born October 18th, 1967, in Davidson, NC to William James Colson Sr. and Dorothy Colson. He was called home on January 28th, 2022, after an extended illness. Donald attended Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and graduated... View Obituary & Service Information
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