Lt. Col. Collace C. Greene Sr. (RET).
Collace C. Greene Sr. was born in Trenton, North Carolina on June 4, 1934 to Lott Thomas and Annie Greene. His father was a well-known leader and farm owner in the area. Anne Greene was a school teacher. Collace was the youngest of eleven children, two died in infancy the two were unnamed. Two others (James Faison, and Margret Maybelle) lost their lives in a car accident in high school, the other children Annie Louise, Arron William, Jettie Roberta, Uril Lawrence, Ester Elizabeth, all preceded him in death. Collace attended the public school in Trenton North Carolina, he then entered North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He became a Sloan scholar at Northeastern University where he earned his Master's in Business Administration. While at North Carolina A&T he joined R.O.T.C., upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. Collace applied, was accepted into flight school two years after entering active duty. He successfully completed all three phases of flight school basic, primary and advanced, never finishing lower than third in his class. Collace went on to fly the F-86 Saber fighter jet and the B-47 bomber. Upon completing his active duty career he proceeded to break the color barrier in corporate aviation by becoming the first Black pilot to fly for a Fortune five hundred company when he was hired by General Electric. After learning the cockpit full time he became a test pilot with General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group. Collace ended his career with General Electric working with Flight Simulations Systems Group in Daytona Beach, Florida. After leaving General Electric he and nine others partners formed Advanced Information Systems Group Inc., a high tech computer company. AISG is still one of the leading minority owned company in the State of Florida. Cal was a Member of many community organizations, Phi Beta sigma Fraternity, past President Civitan (1986 through 1987), Sigma, Pi Phi Boule', member Emeritus of the Associate Trustee Board of Bethune Cookman University. Collace married the love of his life Alberta Meadows of the Bronx New York. In 2016 they celebrated sixty years of marriage. They have two children Collace Greene Jr, (Karen) and Wanda Greene. They have four grandchildren, Christopher, Collace III, Daniel, and Rachel. They also have three great grandchildren Jaydin, Alex and Lexie. Some of the special people in Cal's life were adopted sons Kevin Jackson, and Tommie Waiters as well as a host of loving nieces and nephews. Visitation and viewing will be Friday, February 17th, 2017 at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, 300 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach, from 5:00-7:00 pm. The celebration of his life will begin at 12 noon, Saturday, February 18th, 2017, also at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church. An honors ceremony and burial will take place at the Jacksonville Memorial Cemetery on Monday, February 20, 2017. Herbert Thomson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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