On this side he leaves his wife of 71 years, Anna Pauline (Hadlock); his three children and their families: Charles of Colchester, CT; Wendy of Conway, AR and Doreen and Denton McCormick of Conway AR; Step Grandchildren Stacey (Lidbury), Steve, and Brian; Four Great-grandchildren Ali, Sam and Patty Lidbery and Caleb McCormick; sister Rita (Fusselman); brother Chester Horlick and many nieces and nephews, all residing in OH.
Ed lived his 'dash' well…. Being raised in Youngstown OH in 1927 wasn't easy. He followed his Dad's occupation into the open harth of US Steel Work then became a pipefitter. He said “yes” to his country and fought in the Koren War. When he returned home to his young family of 2, finding work was hard, but they persevered. He was a member of the Masonic Temple for many years.
In1962, with good prospects, he moved the 4 of them to CT. Found better jobs and the family became 5. In 1974 he started work for UNC as a QC manager and retired after working there a total of 20 years.
Ed loved everyone and they loved him. "Hey, hey, yes, yes" was his favorite answer and catch phrase. Everyone would laugh, the world became lighter and better during time spent together.
With Anna by his side they devoted their life to their faith in the United Methodist Church (UMC). Much time was spent molding the youth as Youth Leaders. Coordinators for the Mahoning UMC booth at the Canfield Fair, OH and the small fair at Lee UMC in Norwich, CT. Many banquets, wedding receptions and dinners were put on by 4 families at Lee. These 4 families became the closest of friends. In 1976, Anna dragged Ed to Square Dance Lessons in Colchester. A few years later, he thanked her because their circle of friends grew exponentially. They traveled the states to Square Dance Conventions almost every year. The last time they got up to dance he was in his 80's and Anna had a hard time keeping up.
In 1997, after visiting Doreen and Denton, they decided to move down South. After a few years the members of First UMC and the Rebel Reelers Square Dance Club welcomed them into their Southern community. Moving to Arkansas was perhaps the best move that he ever made! Truly, the rollercoaster ride of life can be difficult. Yet Ed loved his rollercoaster life and those that rode it with him.
A Celebration of Life will be held 10:00 am, Monday, August 26, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince Street, Conway AR. A reception to follow. Interment of ashes will follow. In lieu of flowers the family asks those to donate to First UMC or your choice of organization.
Services entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, 910 Walnut Street, Conway, Ar. “IN YOUR TIME OF NEED….WE CARE.”
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1610 Prince Street
Conway, Ar 72032