Edgar W. Baldwin "Ed" aka "Pop" February 18, 1924 - March 29, 2014 CHARLOTTE - Ed was born in Atlanta, Ga. He lived and worked there until 1958 when Western Electric (WE) transferred him to Charlotte. He retired in 1983 and enjoyed keeping in touch with his former co-workers by attending a monthly WE retiree breakfast held in Concord. Ed married Bobbie on April 15, 1949, and they had two children - Steve Baldwin (wife Joyce) of Bridgefield, Del. and Lynne Hathcock (husband Claude) of Mount Holly. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter, three grandsons: Nick Baldwin (wife Aimee) of Huntersville, Andrew Baldwin (wife Bonnie) of East Brunswick, N.J. and Chris Hathcock, a graduate student at North Carolina State University working towards his doctorate in aerospace engineering, and one great-grandson, Luke Baldwin of East Brunswick, N.J. Ed was a faithful member for nine years at Hickory Grove Baptist Church where he coached a baseball team of young boys which included his son. In 1968, he and Bobbie joined Shamrock Drive Baptist Church where he served as deacon, Sunday School secretary and frequent volunteer for the many barbecue fundraisers that the church had. When the congregation decided to sell its property on Shamrock Drive and move, Ed followed becoming a member of Grace Crossing. For the past several years he has been a member of Peace Covenant Fellowship. He and Bobbie were grateful for their long standing tradition of sharing a devotional time with each other each evening. Ed proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Besides his support for his church, he was also a supporter of the University of Georgia (UGA), having become a fan at age eleven. A few days before his death, Ed attended a reception in Charlotte for the new president of UGA. Ed enjoyed the coincidence of sharing the same birthday with Coach Richt, the UGA football coach and their annual exchanging of birthday greetings. Ed and Bobbie enjoyed traveling first to all 50 U.S. states and then many international destinations. He also enjoyed gardening. His vegetable garden kept two freezers filled and his flowers brought much enjoyment to Bobbie. Annually he would start a few hundred tomatoes plants from seed in his greenhouse. He shared most of them with family and friends, keeping about 25 of the plants for his own garden. Ed and Bobbie were selected as "2004 Neighbor of the Year Winner" by the Charlotte Observer for their volunteer work for Windsor Park Elementary School. Ed will be remembered as a Christian husband, father, grandfather - and loyal Georgia Bulldog. His body has been donated to the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Ed's family deeply appreciates the assistance during this time from their friends, Jim Croom, Mark White and the Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center. The family will receive friends from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at SMS, 1764 Norland Road, Charlotte, NC. A memorial service will follow at 7:30 pm led by Dr. Michael Jamison (current pastor), Rev. Gary Hudson (a former pastor), and Dr. Doug McLeroy (nephew-in-law). We delight in our belief that we will see Ed in heaven one day. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to either Peace Covenant Fellowship, 5011 Chestnut Knoll Lane, Charlotte, NC 28269 or to the Georgia Bulldog Club, P.O. Box 1472, Athens, GA 30602. "be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life." Rev. 2:10 Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements.
Carolina Funeral & Cremation Center
5505 Monroe Road Charlotte, NC 28212
Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 1, 2014