Edward W. Brumbaugh, 97

MAY 10, 1915-MAY 13, 2012

May 15, 2012

Mr. Edward Wayne Brumbaugh, 97, of Winston-Salem, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 13, 2012, in the Palliative Care Unit of Forsyth Medical Center, surrounded by his family. 

He was born May 10, 1915, in Hagerstown, Md.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School. He received his teaching certificate at Towson State Teacher's College, where he played on the soccer team. He received a bachelor's degree from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., and his master's degree from the University of Maryland.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander.

He was a public school educator for 32 years. He began his career in a one-room schoolhouse in the farmlands of Washington County, Md., serving as the principal, teacher and custodian. His remaining career was spent as a principal in Baltimore County public schools.

A devoted family man of integrity, he was a steadfast presence and constant source of encouragement for each generation of his family. He will be greatly missed. He never met a stranger, and his friendliness earned him the nickname, "Smilin' Ed."

He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 61 years, Joyce Lippert Brumbaugh. He is survived by his three children, Joy Baldwin (Woody) of Durham, N.C., Wayne Brumbaugh (Jane) of Huntersville, N.C. and Gayle Ford (Mike) of Winston-Salem, N.C.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Amy Baldwin White (John), Kate Baldwin Hoyle (Wilson), Sarah Ford Goodfellow (Blake), Bekah Ford Cooke (Clay), Hannah Ford Crafford (Chad), Beth Brumbaugh and Matthew Edward Brumbaugh; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces, Virginia Brumbaugh Stayman (Abe) and Chris Brumbaugh Ellis, both Hagerstown natives.

The funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, with a reception following in the fellowship hall. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham. The family will be available following the burial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Palliative Care Unit at Forsyth Medical Center, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S, NC 27103 or to the Brookridge Resident Council, memo line:  Employee Appreciation Fund. Address to: Russell Graves; 1199 Hayes Forest Road, Apt 516B; W-S, NC 27106.

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