Eddie Lane Fitzgerald died on February 10, 2021 at Kinston Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Eddie was born in Kinston on (January 23, 1959) to parents Hawthorne and Mildred Fitzgerald. He completed his studies at East Carolina University in Communication and Journalism. Eddie was employed by the Kinston Free Press, New Bern Sun Journal, Wilson Times, Elizabeth City Daily Advance and Goldsboro New-Argus Newspapers. He received two State Associated Press awards in spot news and investigative journalism. He also received top honors from the North Carolina Press Association and was recognized by Governor James Martin.
Eddie enjoyed many hobbies including sailing, painting landscapes throughout North Carolina and writing plays and short stories. He played several string instruments and was an avid reader. When visiting family, he would bring several instruments and encourage family jam sessions.
Surviving family include brother Hawthorne Fitzgerald Jr. (Teresa) of Clayton; sister Patsy Ciaciuch (Denis) of Perrysburg, OH; brother Don Fitzgerald of Wilson; brother Dennis Fitzgerald (Shari) of Vanceboro; Sisters-in-law Edna Fitzgerald of Kinston (Winfred-deceased); Edna Fitzgerald of Trenton, NC (Jerry-deceased). Nieces and nephews: Suzanne (Rusty) Parker; daughters Courtney Parker, Catie Crayton (Mitch) and great, great niece Emma, Claire Parker; Robert Fitzgerald (Debra) sons Tyler and Wesley; Jerry Wayne Fitzgerald (Cammie) and children Anzley and Keynan; Debbie Fitzgerald McGee (Lee) and daughters Meara and Kendall Chodnicki; Lee Fitzgerald (Julie) son Devin; Tena Broton (Michael) and children Jennifer, Austin, Jimmy; Wendy Newmons (Nathan) children Kayla, Mason, Jaxon; Meredith Taylor (Chris); Betsy Bashore; Amanda Fitzgerald children Curtis (Trista), Isaiah, Miriam, Christa, Zowie; Asa Oliver (Emily) daughter Ava; Miranda Hawkins (Edwin) children Olivia and Ashlyn; David Fitzgerald (Cassandra) children Nathaniel, Jayden, Emery, Casper; Sara Haga (Jake) and children Jeremiah, Seth, Tagan.
Preceding Eddie in his journey to God's Heavenly Kingdom are parents Hawthorne and Mildred Fitzgerald, brothers Jerry Fitzgerald, Winfred Fitzgerald;; niece Donelle Fitzgerald and great niece Sammantha Broton.
Memorial service will be held at a later date. Eddie will be buried beside his mother and father at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston.
Published by Free Press on Feb. 21, 2021.