Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

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Bernard "Buncie" Leslie Colgin, Jr.

May 31, 1923March 18, 2020

COLGIN, Bernard “Buncie” Leslie, Jr., 96, of Richmond, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Buncie was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Clark Colgin; his parents, Mattie and Bernard Colgin, Sr.; and his brother, Alton Colgin. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Colgin, his children, Rick Colgin and Sandra Wilson (Tony); His step-children, John Massie(Alice), Marianne Slavic, James Massie(Mary), Suzanne Blackburn(Todd), 12 grandchildren, especially Jennifer Lowe and Angie Fidger and 15 great-grandchildren (one deceased).

Buncie served in the Army during WW II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He retired after a long career at DuPont as an Electrical Supervisor. He was a long-standing member of Carlisle Baptist Church, the Thomas N. Davis and Varina Masonic Lodges, the Eastern Star Chapter 176, and the Scottish Rite, among others.

His love for playing baseball and softball was unparalleled. He was inducted into the Virginia Softball Hall Of Fame, and continued to play softball into his eighties. Buncie was a wonderful role model to his children and others, and will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.


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Bernard "Buncie" Leslie Colgin, Jr.

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Jan Huddleston Cooley

April 7, 2020

Ricky - I am so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. I am reminded of our days on the Hill. Hope you are well.

Rick Colgin

March 29, 2020

I would like to share a story that our grandmother(nanny) would always enjoy telling over and over.

Back in the late 1930's and early 1940's when dad was a teenager his good looks made him quite appealing to not only neighborhood teenage girls but girls throughout the city. During this time local radio stations would encourage listeners to write in song requests as well as dedications. These requests and dedications would then be read aloud over the air. It appears dad got so many dedications that disc jockeys began referring to him as the "glamour boy of Fulton". Nanny would say that you couldn't turn on the radio with without hearing a disc jockey say "here's another request for the glamour boy of Fulton".

As time passed if dad would enter the room dressed up to go out Nany would say "Here comes the glamour boy of Fulton".

Garry Land

March 27, 2020

Sandra and Ricky: What a pleasure it was to know your father for almost 50 years. He was such a good Christian man and devoted to his church. My life was made better by knowing this fine gentleman. He was loved and admired by many, many people and he will be sorely missed. Please know you both have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Eddie Shrader

March 23, 2020

To the Colgin Family, I'm sorry for the loss of a great and very humble man. I met Buncie at Montrose Church years ago through my grandparents Elmo and Gladys Mann. Buncie and grandaddy would stand next to each other and talk in the gym during break time before the service. Buncie always had a kind work for me, and was a heck of a 1st baseman is church softball. He was playing years after others got old and quit. To me, that man absolutely never aged!! He reminded me so much of my grandaddy in the fact that GOD was always around him. I could feel the presence of GOD ervery time I saw Buncie. I thank the Lord for allowing me to know Buncie over the years. May GOD comfort you during this time of loss.
Eddie & Judy Shrader

Ann Illig

March 21, 2020

Ricky and Sandra I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a very wonderful person. I have so many found memories of living on Parker Street. So many times of getting off the bus and walking home to see your grandparents as well as your Mom or Dad sitting on the porch and talking to them. I have to tell you about this one Halloween night. Mom was taking me trick or treating and we were almost at your house. Well, here comes this old looking like man towards us and I think he was like talking or mumbling at us. Well Mom grab my hand and she started to run dragging me behind. I will never forget it. As we are running, Ruby your sweet Mom was yelling Kitty! Kitty! it's me, Ruby. Well she scared Mom half to death. It was so funny! I will never forget it. Your Mom was dressed up like an old man.
I remember playing records in your garage trying to dance. Everyone could dance but me. And I still can't. Ricky remember your Vega Station Wagon and teaching us all how to drive stick shift. I have so many more found memories of Parker Street and all the special people that I grew up around. Cherish your memories for they will always be with you.
I was so glad to see and speak to your Dad one last time at Phyllis's funeral. We had a great neighborhood on Parker Street. Wouldn't have trader ed it for the world. God bless you and know that we all we see our loved ones again.

Beverly Draper

March 21, 2020

I lived across the street from the Colgins and was friends with both Ricky and Sandra. My deepest sympathy on the loss of their great dad.He will be missed.