Edgar Paschall Barrett

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EDGAR PASCHALL BARRETT Edgar Paschall Barrett, 80, of Wilmington, NC, died Thursday, January 16, 2014, after a courageous yet recent battle with lung cancer. He passed away peacefully and painlessly at The Commons at Brightmore assisted living community, and joins his wife and soulmate, Mary Ann Tilden Barrett, in the Kingdom of Heaven. He is survived by his daughters, Beje Tilden Barrett Keefer and husband Craig of Moon Township, PA, and Beverly Jo Barrett Scurpa and husband Scott of Sharpsville, PA; grandchildren, Caroline, Matthew, and Hayden Keefer, Katey-Ann, Rachel and Paige Scurpa; sister, Brenda Barrett Schilling and husband Robert, of Wilmington, NC; niece, Marlee Schilling Roy and husband Victor of Edgewater, MD, and nephew, Robert Barrett Schilling and wife, Bonnie, of Stevensville, MD; three great-nephews and two great-nieces. Paschall was born October 18, 1933 in Farmville, NC, the son of the late Edgar and Gladys Barrett. After graduating from Farmville High School, he pursued his degree in Education at East Carolina College (now ECU), graduating in 1956. In that same year, he began his teaching career at Vanceboro High School while also carrying out active duty National Guard. The following school year, he was hired into the New Hanover County School system in Wilmington, ultimately teaching in seven schools throughout his 33 year career. His final school was E.A. Laney High School, where, even after retiring, he was able to combine his love for the kids and sports by being the sole person to run the game clock for Laney Athletics from 1976 up until his final season in Fall 2013. Aside from teaching, as a longtime resident of Wilmington, Paschall was highly active in several organizations up until the last months of his life. He was a Son of Confederate Veterans, George Davis Camp #5, where he held the role of Treasurer for over 40 years. He was also immersed with the Moore's Creek Battleground Association and the Fort Fisher Museum. Additionally, his passion for history was well appreciated during his 10 year duration at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, where his voice is currently heard on the museum displays. In 2012, he was awarded Volunteer of the Year for his dedication and service to the museum. Paschall's legacy is that he never met a stranger, fiercely loved his family, was the world's greatest Carolina Panthers fan, enjoyed Duplin Wine, sweet tea, and could take down anyone in a good game of Rummikub. You rarely saw him without a baseball cap or sporting Panthers apparel. The Hanover Seaside Club never missed a Sunday without serving him fried chicken and providing porch rocking chairs where he enjoyed the view for the 35 years. The family will receive friends Monday, January 20th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, 28401. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 21st, 12:00 noon, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 South College Road, 28403. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery, 520 North 15th Street, 28401. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paschall and Mary Ann Barrett Scholarship Fund c/o Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 South College Road, Wilmington, NC, 28403 . Paschall and Mary Ann were active church members for nearly 50 years and, as teachers, both value the importance of continuing education. These contributions will be distributed for education scholarships. Condolences may be sent to www.andrewsmortuary.com Andrews Market Chapel
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Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
1617 MARKET ST
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-7788
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Jan. 19, 2014
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