CARROLLTON - Edward Neils Madsen was born on June 7, 1932 in Charleston, South Carolina. As a young man he joined the United States Air Force
and found himself stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton. It was there that he met the love of his life, Martha Davis. Their love story endured over 62 years. One would often find them walking in their neighborhood hand in hand. A great joy of his life was his children, all girls-Linda Shifflette (Wayne), Debra Blaylock, Jean Marie Lipscomb, and Sharon Goodwin (Wendell). Imagine his delight when he finally got his boy when his first grandchild was born-Ricky Edward Blaylock (Emma)-and his delight continued with the births of his other beloved grandchildren-Kimberlee Blaylock (Brian), Meri Shifflette Westcott, Matthew Shifflette (Kristie), Wendi Goodwin, Melissa Goodwin Pennock (Jacob), and Graham Lipscomb. It seemed such a short time when the great-grandchildren followed with the births of Charity Moore, Autumn Moore, Cameron Robertson, Jackson Neils Shifflette, Elle Shifflette, Annabel Blaylock, and just last December, Edward Madsen Blaylock. He adored his little dog, Marley, who kept him company especially during afternoon naps. Edward Madsen had a life filled with love, joy, and delight. His legacy is his family as he was in all respects a family man. Edward Madsen was employed at the Norfolk Naval Yard where he worked as a planner and estimator until his retirement. He passed away peacefully on June 22, 2013. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jean Marie Lipscomb. His family extends their sincere appreciation to the nurses and doctors at Riverside Regional Medical Center for their kind, compassionate, and respectful care. The family invites friends and loved ones to gather at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 South Armistead Avenue in Hampton on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate his life and regale one another with stories of a life well lived. A private burial will be held at a later date. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.