Joyce Marie Taylor
Sixty-eight-year-old Gordon T. Colson qualified to run for Mayo Town Council Seat 2 on Friday, Aug. 30. The primary election is Oct. 1 and the general election is Nov. 5.
He was born Gordon Theodore Colson in Tallahassee, but everyone now knows him simply as Ted or in the town of Mayo as “Vicky’s husband.”
When he was three years old Colson’s parents moved him and his two brothers from Monticello to Perry. When he was 16-years-old his father passed away from colon cancer at the age of 44. His mother had no career skills at the time, he said, but eventually went to school to learn secretarial skills and soon landed a job.
“We didn’t have nothing,” Colson said. “I remember eating noodles, drinking water, and every now and then biscuits and grits and eggs.”
Colson graduated from a high school in Perry in 1964. He immediately joined the Army and served for three years in the 82nd Airborne. In later years he joined the National Guard and also umpired for baseball and softball games for 15 years.
“The biggest game I ever umpired was between the Gators and the Seminoles,” he said. “I was the first base umpire.”
Colson moved to Mayo in 1977 and has been married to wife Vicky since 1972. They have three children, Jason, Travis and Amy and several grandchildren. He spends a lot of time serving his church, Mayo Baptist, and also plays a lot of golf.
“I belong to the Big Bend Senior Golf Association,” he said. “We play all over North Florida and South Georgia.”
Colson said he went to a town council meeting last February just to see what was going on. He said he told Town Clerk Linda Cone that he didn’t know when the elections were, but he wanted to run for mayor. Cone told him he first had to be a council member before running for mayor.
“I thought about it and prayed about it, and I went to every council meeting since February,” said Colson.
Then he decided to go ahead and run for council Seat 2. He picked up his qualifying packet on Monday, Aug. 26 and qualified on Friday, Aug. 30.
“I’m trying to get to know the people and visit with them,” he said. “I’d like to keep Mayo pretty much like it is.”
Colson said he is impressed with the Christian values and the overall culture in Lafayette county, especially the way neighbors help neighbors. He also said he is more a doer than a follower. He said he would like to see more businesses come into town in order to keep up with the growth in surrounding counties, and at the same time work on preserving the historical aspects of the town.
“Everything I have I’ve earned,” he said. “I’ve worked for it for myself. I hate to ask people for help unless I actually need it.”
Colson said if he sees a job that needs doing, he just dives right in and takes care of it. He also has a pleasant and friendly personality.
“I’m a humorist,” said Colson. “I can come up with anything for any situation if it’s given to me the right way.”