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DeBois Lewis Edmundson

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DeBois Lewis Edmundson, age 94 of Hendersonville died Monday, November 16th, 2015 at the Laurels of Hendersonville. He was born on September 9th, 1921 in Mills River, a son of the late Charles Spurgeon Edmundson and Delpa Sentell Edmundson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Evelyn; four brothers; and four sisters.
Mr. Edmundson resided in Henderson County for 73 years and in Spartanburg County for 21 years on his dream farm with his wife, Evelyn with an acre garden, fruit trees, horses, deer hunting and a private lake for fishing. He returned to Hendersonville to reside at the Bridge in 2012. He graduated from Brevard High School and proudly served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II, infantry that accompanied Patton's 6th armored division; he fought in the Battle Bulge and was one of the first U.S. Troops to enter Buchenwald and witness the horrors of the Holocaust.
After the war, he married Evelyn Louise McConnell who passed away April 20th, 2005 and served as a police officer in Myrtle Beach. He returned to Hendersonville to work with the Hendersonville Police Department in 1948 until his retirement in 1985. He served as a volunteer fireman and was a member of the Rescue Squad for 20 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Edmundson Packer, retired Professional Mental Health Counselor and School Psychologist. Currently a successful international level equine show photographer; his two sisters-in-law, Sarah West Edmundson, wife of Bill Edmundson, and Wilma Jean Terry Edmundson, wife of Charles L. Edmundson. Chief Edmundson was very proud of his 34 nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to participate in a Remembrance Gathering at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home on Sunday, November 22nd, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in DeBois' memory be directed to, Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, NC 28792; Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209; or to Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2015
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