Dr. Earl Vann Allgood departed this life on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at his residence in Ettrick, Va. He was born on April 21, 1926, in Boykins, Va., to Prince and Daisy Allgood and predeceased by them and four siblings.
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His Christian journey began at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Newsome, Va., and he transferred his membership to the Gillfield Baptist Church in 1963. It was here that Earl set a standard of excellence in ministry serving as a Trustee for many years. His expertise in finance assisted the church in maintaining its annual operating budget. Truly, this was an anointed gift that he utilized to the glory of God.
Beyond the church, Dr. Allgood was a gifted and dedicated educator. Having completed the public schools in Southampton County, Va., he graduated from Virginia State University with a B.S. and M.S. degrees. He received a Ph.D. in Education from Penn State University in 1964.
For 27 years, he was employed on the faculty at his beloved alma mater, Virginia State University. His staff positions included: Director of Financial Aid, Director of the Cooperative State Research Service and Director of Institutional Research and Planning until his retirement in 1991. His stellar achievements as a college professor in statistics placed Dr. Allgood as one of the leading educators in the nation. His awards and accolades are numerous. Perhaps the greatest achievement during his career was the prestigious Professor Emeritus Award presented by VSU President Wesley McClure in 1991. Even in retirement, Dr. Allgood continued to serve as a consultant for doctoral committees and teach statistics part time for area colleges and universities.
Earl was a member of numerous civic and social organizations including: Phi Beta Kappa Educational Fraternity and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. An outdoorsman, Earl's hobbies included: gardening and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Eggleston Allgood.
He leaves to cherish a devoted son, Dr. B. Dexter Allgood (Cheryl) of Newark, N.J.; granddaughter, Adriana Patrice Allgood of Newark, N.J.; friend and confidant, Elizabeth Hamlett; nieces, Susan and Beverly Allgood of Shacklefords, Va., Priscilla Whitfield of Durham, N.C., and Thelma Still of Atlanta, Ga.; nephews, Leroy Allgood Jr. of Richmond, Va., Lorenzo Hatchett of Baltimore, Md., Dr. John Shevin Foster of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Laguna Oche Foster of Norfolk, Va.; father, Milton C. Williams Jr. of Washington, D.C.; sisters-in-law, Ruth Allgood of Shacklefords, Va., Betty Allgood of Durham, N.C., and Dr. Solana E. Foster of Norfolk, Va.
The family would like to personally thank the caregivers for the dedicated services during his illness. They include: Ruth, Susan and Beverly Allgood, Priscilla Sylvia and Kenny Whitfield, Elizabeth Hamlett, Crater Community Hospice and the wonderful staff of Care Advantage.
A funeral service for Dr. Earl V. Allgood will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2011, at Gillfield Baptist Church, 209 Perry St., Petersburg, Va., the Rev. Dr. George W.C. Lyons, pastor, eulogist. The interment to follow in the Sunset Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the funeral establishment.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Dr. Allgood at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from May 20 to May 21, 2011