RALEIGH - Lt. Col. Edwin A. Capps, 88, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012. A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Pineview Cemetery in Rocky Mount.
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Edwin was born June 21, 1924 in Rocky Mount, NC and was the son of the late Henry A. Capps and Lillian A. Capps. In addition to his parents, Edwin was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; brothers, Henry A. Capps, Jr. of Rocky Mount, and Arnold B. Capps of California.
Edwin was raised in Edgecombe County during the depression and was very active in the Boy Scouts. In 1938 at the age of 14 he received the Eagle Scout award and was inducted into the Scout Honor Society and Order of Arrow, that same year. Upon graduation from Rocky Mount High School in 1943, he entered the Army Air Force Aviation Cadet Program, receiving his wings and commission as a pilot. He flew the B-17 in combat over Europe in World War II and served on Active Duty as a pilot during the Korean Conflict. He was a recipient of the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, and numerous other military awards. After 41 years of active duty and reserve time with the Air Force, he retired in 1984. Edwin also retired from the State of North Carolina Department of Revenue in 1988 with 30 years of service. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given by the State of North Carolina.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Woodry; son, Bruce Capps; grandson, Christopher Woodry; great-grandson, Easton Woodry.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise Assisted Living at North Hills for their care and support shown to Edwin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Salvation Army, 420 Paul Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27803 or the
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
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Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Dec. 4, 2012