Thomas Edwin “Ed” Deese

September 1, 1032 - April 29, 2016
Thomas Edwin “Ed” Deese

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Thomas Edwin “Ed” Deese of Etowah passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at his home after a long illness.

Born September 1, 1932 in Jacksonville, Florida to Clarence and Wrentzia Deese, Ed moved to Hendersonville in 1977. He was the owner of T.E. Deese Construction Company and former owner of Lyda Electric. He served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCA) and was active in Gideons International. An active citizen, well-known and loved in the community, he served as local president and past district governor for the Sertoma Club. He was past president of the Henderson County Home Builders Association and served as past president of the Florida Lath and Plastering Association.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnny Deese, Winfred Deese and Earl Deese, and sisters, Belva Hensley and Lillian Ammons.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ruth; sons, Keith Deese (Kelly) of Mills River, Ted Deese (M’Liss) and Steve Deese (Shirley) of Jacksonville, FL; daughter, Linda Foard of Jacksonville, FL; stepsons, Mike Dollar (Brenda) of Nashville, TN, and Ken Dollar of Gaffney, SC; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; many special nieces and nephews, including niece, Sherri Brown of Travelers Rest, SC, who was such a help in his final days; two sisters, Dorothy Higginbotham (Maurice) of Callahan, FL and Pearl Lloyd of Jacksonville, FL.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Kanuga Road with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Silman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research by clicking here or Four Seasons Compassion for life by clicking here.


Saturday, May 14, 2016
12:00 AM

Covenant Presbyterian Church - Directions
2101 Kanuga Road
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • May 06, 2016
    Bob and Andrea Brown says:
    Dear Ruth, Keith, and Family, Bob and I were sorry to learn of the passing of Ed. We will always remember him for his strong faith and his love for the Lord and how much he loved all of you. We know you will find peace in the Lord in knowing he is in a beautiful place and in the arms of Jesus. Love, Andrea and Bob

  • May 09, 2016
    Sandy Burns says:
    Ruth, I am thinking of you as you continue the journey without Ed by your side. Release from pain and suffering must be your comfort now. God is Good - I know you know that! Lovingly, Sandy

  • May 11, 2016
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  • May 20, 2016
    Nancy & Gib Campbell says:
    Dear Ruth, I do not know your mailing address but want you to know Gib and I are thinking about you. The service Saturday was very special and I enjoyed a brief visit with Keith afterwards and enjoyed seeing his beautiful children. I know you will miss Ed terribly but will rest in the knowledge that he is no longer suffering and is enjoying his heavenly home. Many blessings, Nancy & Gib