Mr. Ed C. Walthall, 86, former President and Publisher of The Daily News in Palatka, passed away on November 15, 2013 at HopeWest Hospice in Grand Junction, CO, after a brief illness.
Edward Carrey Walthall, Jr., was born October 26, 1927 in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Edward and Marie Walthall. He attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska.
Walthall began his newspaper career in Fairbury, Nebraska in 1947, where he met Marion Stafford. They were married six months later, on April 18, 1948. Ed and Marion celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary in April, 2013.
Ed's newspaper career included papers in Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Florida. From 1969 to 1974, in addition to his duties at The Palatka Daily News, he was executive vice-president and publisher for newspapers in Lake City, Leesburg, Sebring and Avon Park, all owned by The New York Times.
In 1974, Ed was named Corporate Development Director and subsequently Associate Publisher of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado, until 1977. Then, after a brief absence, Ed returned to Grand Junction in 1981, and was National Co-op Advertising Director for The Daily Sentinel until his retirement in 1992.
Surviving are his wife, Marion; daughters Marcia Ottie (Steve), Atlantic Beach; and Karen Thomasson, Grand Junction, CO; a son, Jeff Walthall, Greeley, CO; grandsons Steve Ottie (Amanda), Jacksonville; and Jason Ottie (Jessica), Waynesville, NC; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Redlands United Methodist Church in Grand Junction. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roice Hurst Humane Society and HopeWest Hospice, both in Grand Junction.