Published in The News
& Observer on 2/20/2009
George Carlton "Carl"
Edmonds, 99, passed away on Thursday after having lived a long and full
The family wishes to acknowledge with grateful appreciation the devoted
care that his son Terry and wife Vera have provided through the years
which honored Carl's wishes to remain at home until the recent past weeks
of declining health at Mayview Convalescent Center in Raleigh.
Carl Edmonds was born in Raleigh County, WV, on August 26, 1909 and grew
up in Princeton, WV. He was the second of five children of George Delbert
Edmonds and Elva Toney Edmonds, and is survived by his youngest sister,
Evelyne Wood, of Largo, FL. He graduated from Marshall University where
he was a KA and an all conference baseball player. He played professional
baseball for the Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association.
After Pearl Harbor, Carl volunteered for service and was commissioned
an officer in the United States Navy. He served his country in the Pacific
After World War II, he was a founder of LeJohn Manufacturing Company in
Huntington, WV. Moving to North Carolina in the early sixties, he became
a manufacturer's representative in the construction industry.
Carl was instrumental in the creation of the North Carolina Alcoholism
Research Authority and was appointed its first chairman by Governor Holshouser.
He also was appointed to the National Advisory Council of Alcoholism by
He was a devoted father whose work ethic and personal sacrifice has been
an example to his family about perseverance and personal accountability.
His example was one that will serve his children and grandchildren well
in their lives.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Douglass Terry Edmonds
and Vera Kill Edmonds; his daughter and son-in-law, Amanda Edmonds Douglass
and Clyde A. Douglass III; and by grandchildren, Ashley Edmonds Hayes
and husband, Burt Hayes, Travis Edmonds and fiancee Nikki Jarman, Adam
Edmonds, Elizabeth Edmonds, Kate Douglass and Betsy Douglass.
A private ceremony for the family will be held at Hayes Barton United
Visitation by friends of the Douglass family will be at the home of Clyde
and Amanda Douglass Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
A celebration of his life is planned on his birthday in August.
The family also expresses their sincere thanks and appreciation to the
staff of Mayview Convalescent Center for their unfailing kindnesses in
providing care with respect, affection and dignity during his remaining
days and also for the wonderful support provided by Hospice of Wake County.
The family would also like to thank Mrs. Bette Kovic for helping them
provide care in the home.
Memorials may be made to the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, USS Slater,
DE-766, P.O. Box 1926, Albany, N.Y. 12201-1926 in the name of Lt. Commander
George Carlton Edmonds, USS Riddle, DE- 185.