Uriel W. Edde Jr.
1929 - 2020
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Uriel W Edde, Jr.

Rutledge - Uriel William Edde, Jr., 90, owner of Edde Chevrolet in Rutledge, Tn died on Tuesday November 17, 2020 at Tennova North Hospital in Powell, Tn. after a short illness. He was born in December 1929 to Uriel William and Laura Edde in Monroe County, Tn. He came from a farming family of 14 with only two siblings surviving his death, Jean Lee and Pete Edde. He married Lovenia Terry on December 30, 1950 and together they had three children: Cynthia Edde Humphries (David), Uriel William Edde III (Tammy), and Martha Edde. Edde and Lovenia enjoyed their years together—raising their children, developing their business, supporting their community, traveling and spending time with friends. Mrs. Edde proceeded him in death in August, 2015. They were the proud grandparents to six grandchildren: Tonya Gebhart (Tommy), Misti Goode, Kristina Rice (Adam), Jenna Bunch (Jonah) Tanner and Lizzi Adams; seven great-grandchildren: Zach Gebhart (Rachel), Ryan Gebhart (Taylor), Heather Goode, Marcus Robinson, Laykin Rice, Isabella Rice and Carson Edde; and four great-great grandchildren: Adi, Caroline, Harper and Thomas. Family meant everything to him especially his sister-in-laws Alma Mynatt, and Erica Edde; his nieces and nephews, Alan Mynatt (Peggy), Terry Roark (Mary Ann), Lisa Baggett (Ronnie), Beverly Hicks (Trebby), and Susan Overton (Anthony), Richard Pitcock (Lou). Friends he considered to be family were Don Nance, Popeye Tate, J.V. Doan, Ronnie Sharp and special friend Debbie Keck. We owe much gratitude to Debbie for the love, care and concern she shared with our father. We know we had him longer because she kept him moving forward.

Mr. Edde was known for being a people person and a hard worker. He began his career by selling automobiles and Frigidaire appliances in Roane County in the 1950s. This was just after he completed a stint in the Army and was at a time when dealerships offered both cars and household items. In selling, he found his niche. He did so well that within a few short years he was able to open his namesake dealership in Rutledge, which he and his son managed together. Mr. Edde continued working until three weeks before his death. Even though he had an office at the dealership, he preferred to sit at a desk he placed in the front corner of the showroom. From there he could wave to cars that passed on Rutledge Pike and talk to everyone that came onto the lot or into the building. He loved conversing and finding common ground with people. This served him well as a salesman but he also "meant it." He remembered the names and stories of the people he met over the years and he kept his promises to them.

Mr. Edde was also known for his kindness and generosity. He often forgave debts and marked off car loans to local customers who lost jobs or fell on hard times. From his younger years, he knew what it was like to face challenges and survive and he wanted to extend a helping hand to others who were struggling. He was a decades-long supporter of Rutledge Baptist Church and the good works organized both there and in countless other ways. He firmly believed that success also comes with a responsibility to help others.

Mr. Edde loved to support the community that he cherished in other ways, as well. He bought countless boxes of local produce, not for his own use, but to give to others. Tomato season in Grainger county always meant that Mr. Edde would be passing out boxes of the best tomatoes in Tennessee to his friends and family, and to people who may have just walked through the doors of his dealership. During the summer months his family never knew whether to smile or hide when he would proudly announce that he had bought 24 dozen ears of corn for them "put up." That will now be both a sweet memory and a perhaps an ongoing tradition— but maybe with fewer dozen. The same goes for peaches, strawberries, green beans, and all the other things he bought in bulk so that he could ultimately give the jams and canned goods they became (thanks to Tammy and Martha) to others.

Mr. Edde will be buried next to his wife of 65 years at the Ross cemetery in Winfield, Tn. The family wishes for everyone to remain safe and healthy and therefore no visitation will be held. In the future, when a vaccine allows, or when the pandemic subsides, a celebration of his life will be held at the dealership. At that time, we will welcome friends, community members, and loved ones to gather and share the love Edde so freely shared with you.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that those who wish to do so, may consider making a donation to Rutledge Baptist Church in his honor.

Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.






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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
Uriel and my Dad were buddies. I'm sorry for his passing.
Charlie King
Friend
November 22, 2020
Mr. Edde was a special person. He helped everyone he could. I am very sad to hear of his passing. My heart breaks for his family. He was a man of his word, and Grainger County was a better place to have him living there.
Connie M. Tate
Friend
November 22, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love from Greg, Becky, and Phil.
Becky Corum
Friend
November 20, 2020
My heart felt sympathies to all the family. Mr. Edde was not only a customer of mine but a friend and over 15 years have had a very close bond and friendship with him and all of his family. You are all in my prayers and just remember that he loved what he did and had a very rich and full life.
Betty F Hale
Friend
November 20, 2020
The Uriel Edde Family,
In only six weeks we would have enjoyed having Uriel as a good and dependable friend for 70 years. He was always the same pleasant person whether playing golf socially or doing business. We join with you in your grief on Uriel's passing and thank God for allowing us to know him for these many years.
With our love,
Joe and Nancy Miller
Joe & Nancy Miller
Friend
November 20, 2020
Mr. Edde was a giant of a man. Not only was he a great business man, but a great man in general. He loved people and was good to and for the people whom he met. He sold me my first car, a 1976 orange and white Monza. He was tickled pink to sell me the University of Tennessee colors. Our family first met the Edde family back in the late 1950's. His daughter, Cynthia, was my best friend. My sincere condolences to Cynthia and the other family members.
Rebecca (Becky) Earl Wester
Friend
November 19, 2020
One of the finest people I’ve ever met I will always remember stories about many of the cars that he sold I remember the story you said him and Mrs. Eric told about the new models that came out and how they had to keep everything hidden I can remember coming to the openings of those as a young boy my father and him bow many trucks and cars over the years hegave my younger son chuck a start in the car parts business which he kept for many years I was remember Mr. Eddie is a man who got it always started he will surely be missed by all of our family the Donaldson‘s. Jim and Tom and I boys
Tom donaldson
Friend
November 19, 2020
For many, many years my husband purchased trucks from Mr. Edde and Uriel III. In fact, Mr. Edde would call the house and tell Sam that he had just gotten in a new shipment of Silverados. Sam would spend the next day with Mr. Edde and arrive back home late at night with his new purchase! I would often tell Mr. Edde that Sam could not come to Rutledge to play with he and Uriel III because it was too expensive. He would give me one of those great belly laughs! We had many laughs throughout the years and are so very sorry to hear of this great loss. Mr. Edde was such a kind and generous soul and will be missed by his family, his church family, his community, and his work family; and he will be greatly missed by those folks like Sam who loved to spend the day with him and arrive back home with new wheels! Sincerest condolences to the family.
Sam and Jannice Clark
Friend
November 19, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Edde family and dealership family. He was a sweet man with a huge heart!
Wayne, Deon & Trey Cabbage
Friend
November 19, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends.
Rev. & Mrs. Gary White
November 19, 2020
So sorry to hear this. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue Seymour
Friend
November 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss, he was a sweet man and was always kind to our family.
Lisa Frye
November 19, 2020
We were so sad to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We love you all, Lane, Kim and Cole Wolfenbarger
Lane, Kim and Cole Wolfenbarger
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