GREENSBORO —Earl E. Colin, 91, of Greensboro and formerly of Wadesboro, died at Beacon Place Hospice House in Greensboro on July 27, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Chapel of Leavitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Weekley officiating. Interment will follow in Eastview Cemetery.
The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home.
He was born June 8, 1921 in Wellsburg, W.V., to the late Colonel Frederick Joseph Colin and Pearl Ann Billingsley Colin. He grew up in Steubenville, Ohio, and attended Millersburg Military Institute in Millersburg, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Edith Odom Colin, formerly of Wadesboro.
He enlisted in the Ohio National Guard in 1939 and entered the United States regular Army in 1940. He was a combat veteran of World War II, earning four bronze stars and an invasion arrowhead in the European theater of operations. Attached to the 4thInfantry Division, Earl was platoon sergeant in the first Army Signal Unit to come ashore on Utah Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944, second wave.
He was later assigned to General Patton’s third Army in the dash across France in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he transferred to the newly formed Military Police Corps. He served nine years in the regular Army and six years in Army Reserves.
He was formerly with the N.C. Highway Patrol and a licensed private investigator. He was Carolina Circle Mall’s first Chief of Security and Safety and retired from Belk, Inc., in 1991.
The arrangements are in the care of Leavitt Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.leavittfuneralhomewadesboro.com.