MOUNT HOLLY - Edwin Johnston "Ed" Eccles Jr., 90, of 1110 Woodhaven Drive, died Dec. 26, 2012.
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He was born July 11, 1922, in Columbus, Ohio, youngest child of Edwin J. Eccles Sr. and Carrie Hesse Eccles.
Edwin grew up in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, sister Elizabeth Marie and brothers Robert Lloyd and Marion Albert. Ed is survived by children Sue and Ned, grandson Tucker Grabau and a number of nieces and nephews. Edwin graduated from East Bank High School and West Virginia University with a degree in chemical engineering. He served in the Army Air Corp European Theater during WWII. Upon his return from Europe, he and Carolyn were married July 20, 1946. Early in his career Edwin worked for Monsanto Chemical Company. The family moved to Mount Holly in 1962 when he came to work for Southern Dyestuff Company (SODEYCO) where he was an integral part of their environmental Compliance Program. Ed was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly where he was a longtime member of the Chancel Choir and over the years has served as Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session, and Sunday School Superintendent. He served in the Men of the Church and wherever else he was needed. One of his lasting contributions was a handmade cross that graces the sanctuary to this day. He was proud to be a fifty gallon blood donor and loved showing his "pins' to prove it. Ed was a member of the Gaston County Last Man Club Honor Guard providing military honors at funerals of fellow Veterans. He was a Mason, Shriner, and former member of the Oasis Shrine Chanters, he was also a former member of the Mount Holly Rotary Club. Ed loved baking and making candies; there were many regular recipients of his fruit cake cookies, cinnamon rolls, or caramels. He was always ready to make something, fix something, or try something new. After his retirement, Ed spent time traveling, gardening, working on projects, and spending time with family. The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Carolina Care Center in Cherryville, especially Sonya.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Eccles will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Holly with the Rev. Wilson P. Rhoton Jr. of-ficiating.
The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607 or to the American Red Cross, Greater Carolinas Chapter, 2425 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28201.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly is serving the family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 28, 2012