Edgar Washington Edgar Washington was called home to glory, September 2, 2013. He was 96 years old. Edgar was born August 16, 1917 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky to Will and Eliza Washington. He spent most of his youth life in Paris, Texas. In 1934 he came to California and attended Los Banos High School, later on he relocated to Shafter, CA where he worked for the for the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1939 he met the former Nettie Hailey and they were married December 15, 1939 in Shafter, CA. They had their first child in 1940 and moved to San Francisco, where he worked in the naval ship yards during World War II, as a welding instructor. Two more children were born into this union and in 1944 they settled in Tulare, CA. He worked for J.D. Heiskell along with working as a cotton contractor for local farmers throughout Tulare County. Five more children were added to the family. In 1955 he joined the Tulare police department becoming the first Black police officer for the City of Tulare. Five years later he joined the Tulare County Sheriff's Department as the first Black deputy Sheriff retiring in 1977. After retirement he worked as the head of security for the California Farm equipment show until 1993, where he received an award for 20 years of outstanding service. Edgar was dedicated to the community volunteering for AARP, and serving on the redevelopment board. He was very instrumental in starting the Bridge the Gap program, a program which taught gardening techniques utilizing neighborhood vacant lots. He also enjoyed going with the senior citizens on various trips. Some of his hobbies included gardening, furniture making, and fishing. Edgar was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Nettie Washington; his mother and father, Will and Eliza Washington; his two brothers Johnny and Willie Tyson; His great-grandchild, Dominic Henriquez; and one God child, Yolanda Williams. He is survived by eight children, Edgar (Bessie) Washington of Corona, CA, Willie (Nettie) Washington of Indio, CA, Beverley (Thomas) McCoy of Moreno Valley, CA, Billie Ogans of Tulare, CA, Everett (Lloyette) Washington of Visalia, CA, Kenneth Washington of Tulare, CA, Diana (Glenn) Richardson of Tulare, CA, and Bonnie King of Portland, OR; and 17 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and one God child; one surviving sister, Mary Helen Hall of Lawton, OK; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be 12-8 pm, Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 am, Monday, September 9, 2013 at Living Christ Church, 2516 N. M St. with burial following at Tulare District Cemetery.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Sept. 5, 2013