Edward N. Washburn, 88

Born: Mon., Mar. 17, 1930
Died: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

Private Interment


1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Mon., Nov. 19, 2018
Location: Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service

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Mr. Edward Nollie Washburn, 88, of Bostic, died Friday, November 16, 2018 at Fair Haven Home, Forest City.
Edward Nollie Washburn III was the oldest son of the late Margaret Philbeck Washburn and E.N. Washburn, Jr. He lived the majority of his life in the Washburn Community and enjoyed his free time being at home. He was a charter member of the North Carolina National Guard in Forest City. In 1948, he became a student at Pfeiffer Junior College. His primary means of transportation to and from school was "hitching" a ride with travelers heading toward the eastern part of the state. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and entered Lackland Air Force Base. While he was in service, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Catherine Sinclair. After  leaving the Air Force, he enrolled in Wofford College and graduated in 1955 with a degree in Business Administration. Edward and Catherine then moved back to the Washburn Community.
Due to his father's poor health, he began working full-time at the Washburn General Store and the Washburn Funeral Home in the mid 1940's. His first job in the funeral home was driving the family car, a 1940 Plymouth. While the car was nice, it did not have any heat or air. He was able to drive the car because he earned his driver's license at the early age of 15. This was due to the shortage of men because of World War II. In 1957, he received his Funeral Director's license and kept them active for over 50 years. He thoroughly loved the many daily tasks required to operate the general store, and became attached to the local families he served through the funeral home. He, along with his wife, Catherine, worked diligently to be responsive and caring to each family. In addition, he was involved in many other business and community organizations. For example, he worked on various projects and committees at his church, Salem United Methodist Church. He served 32 years on the local school board while his nine grandchildren attended Rutherford County Schools. Even though he was not a pilot, he also served 20 years on the Rutherford County Airport Authority, and held the position of chairman for five years. In addition, he thoroughly enjoyed serving on the local bank boards including Northwestern, First Union, and Wachovia.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Sinclair Washburn; his son, Eddie Washburn of Forest City; his 2 daughters, Ann Hutchins and husband Bill, and Amy Cooke and husband Phil, all of Bostic; his sister, Elizabeth Washburn Craft of Ahoskie; his brother Billy Washburn of Raleigh; 9 grandchildren, Jenna and Grant Bailey of Rutherfordton, W. D. and Lauren Hutchins, Taylor and Amanda Griffith, Tyler and Amanda Hutchins, Catherine and Keith Greene,  all of Bostic, Lee and Kristen Griffith of Raleigh, Mary Grace Washburn of Spartanburg, Leah and Aaron Miller of Boiling Springs, SC, and Walter and Mara Washburn of Six Mile, SC; there are 10 great grandchildren, Teagan, Julia, William, Alexis, Kennedy, Edison, Thatcher, Harvey, Emery, and Easton.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm Monday, November 19, 2018 at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service.
Edward was buried at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery at a private service.  
Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, PO Box 220, Bostic, NC 28018.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
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Georgia M. Morris
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
Family, I'm saddened to learn of Edward's passing. I hadn't seen him in sometime, but ALWAYS enjoyed listening to him talk and talking to him.
He was LOVED my So many people and will be missed by many.
You are in my thought and prayers and I'm sending my love to ALL of you.
Georgia Morris

Shane Earley
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
Catherine and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Edward. I started at Padgett & King in 1979 and remember so fondly the many years of association with Washburn Funeral Home. Edward was a kind and compassionate funeral director and has served Rutherford County so well his entire life. He leaves a fine legacy of family that will continue to honor his name. I will forever remember the many lighter moments with Edward as we discussed funeral service.
The entire staff of The Padgett and King Mortuary extends its sincere sympathy and if we may be of any assistance, please know it would be our honor.
Shane Earley, President
The Padgett and King Mortuary

Carl Jenkins
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
We are sorry to hear of the passing of fellow funeral director, Mr. Washburn. He was a great funeral professional with a wonderful statewide reputation. Our prayers are with the family.

Kent Dorsey
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Edward was a true character, we will miss him... from the staff of Washburn & Dorsey: Kent Dorsey, Bob Billingsley, Randy Bostic, Michael Sersland, Justin Moore, and Mark Winslow.
Former and retired staff members: Henry Edwards, C.C. Brackett, Cecil Swink, Justin Boone, Matt Wilson, Bryan Winslow, Jamie Shelton, and Brian Sisk.

Rob and Carrell Richards
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Catherine and all the Washburns, our hearts break for you. We are so sorry that we all have lost Edward. You continue to be in our prayers.

Pam & Nollie Washburn Neill, Jr
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
To all the family, we are so sorry to hear about Uncle Edward this morning. As always you are in our prayers!! He was a great man and loved by all, will always remember all the stories he & my father would tell growing up around the community. We have lost 2 great this year! We will be in touch - Love All of you!! Pam & Nollie

Carolyn Pope Murray
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Catherine & family. I am so sorry to hear of Edwards passing. Me & my family have known him and his family for years. The Bostic, Sunshine area has lost a great friend. Even in sad times Edward had a way of making people smile & sometimes laugh. I loved his wit & his knowledge. He was a living "history book". He will be missed. May God bless you all

Richard Carpenter
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
My most heartfelt condolences to the family. Edward was a fine man, a credit to his family and to the Washburn community. The last time I saw Edward, I was a Salem UMC with my dad, Elbert Carpenter. I will always remember how delighted they were to see each other. The family is in my prayers.

John F. McMahan II
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Catherine and Family
Mr. Washburn dedicated many years of his life to funeral service in Rutherford County. Please accept our sincere condolences.
John & Christie McMahan and the staff of McMahan's Funeral Home.

Frank and Annette
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Catherine and Family,

We are so very sorry for your loss, we are praying for your comfort and we are here if you need us for anything.

Jody Tyson
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Mr. Washburn was one of the pioneers that I have heard about since my early days entering funeral service. The dedication to the community that was often spoken of, by both him and his wife, is a testament to his values and true concern for his fellow man. As a fellow funeral professional, I'm inspired by the "stories of old" that I have heard through the years of the professionals that have gone before. May his contributions to the community and its people be a fond memory to his family and his dedication to his God, country, family and community a testimony to his character.

Jody C. Tyson
Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service

Jayne Lowdermilk Spaugh
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
I will pray for your family as you go through this difficult time. What a wonderful family your dad had to fill his cup to overflowing with so much love. So sorry Ann.. I love you, know my prayers are with you. Jayne

Susie Hamrick Jones
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
My deepest condolences. I will never forget how graciously Mr. Washburn handled my father, A.D. Hamrick's funeral many years ago, as well as services for other dear friends.

Kathy Schafer
   Posted Sat November 17, 2018
Catherine and Family,

My deepest sympathy for your loss. May God give you the comfort and peace that only He can give. You will be in my prayers.

Maxine McDade Norris & Vernon Norris
   Posted Sun November 18, 2018
We are saddened to hear of his passing & extend our sincere heartfelt condolences to all the family & friends of the Washburn Family. He will be missed. Katherine, Brenda & JC, you are in our thoughts & prayers.

God Bless & may he rest in peace.

McFarland Funeral Chapel
   Posted Sun November 18, 2018
To the Washburn family: We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Washburn. We have always heard about the dedication he had for the people of Bostic. You are in our thoughts and prayers. McFarland Funeral Chapel Staff

Mitchell Melton
   Posted Sun November 18, 2018


With our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences, Mitch & Catina Melton and Georgia Morris

Phyllis Shepard
   Posted Sun November 18, 2018
So sorry for your loss. My heart is with you all.

Edward was a good man. He took care of most of my family that is deceased.

Prayers are with you.

Don and Wanda Hastings
   Posted Sun November 18, 2018
We are sorry to learn of Edward's death but rejoice in a long full life well lived and well loved by all who knew him and his family. What a legacy to leave for his family and community. We will all miss him...and thankful for the opportunity to know him and his great family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen McCall
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
What a pillar of the community Edward has been. He entertained so many of us at the back of the store, he was so kind, always read to tell us a story and to take time to visit. He was not annoyed at our interruptions, but was always ready to turn around at his desk to greet a new arrival be it an old friend or a first time visitor. We will ache in the space he’s left behind and grieve his loss. The world was a better place with Edward in it and Ed must surely be in heaven greeting many friends and family members. As they rejoice in reunion we are filled with sadness, but let’s thank God for men like Edward and lift up his dear family in our prayers.

Virginia Hawkins
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Thinking of your loss today. What an amazing man. It was a privilege
to have met him and talked to him when I went into Washburns. He was always so calming and charming. What a great legacy, and work ethic, he leaves to his multi-generation family!

Sheila Moore
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Dear Mrs. Washburn and Amy and family,
Amy, your Daddy was a treasure to everyone that met him. I remember the special trips I went with my Papaw over to the store and how sweet Mr. Washburn was to me and everyone that came into the store. You have a special family legacy.

With sympathy,
Sheila Moore

Chris and Linda Cross
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Do sorry to hear about Edward. Our prayers are with the family.

Jeff Barbour
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Dear Catherine and Family,

I'm sadden to hear about the passing of Edward. I enjoyed my visits with him at the Washburn General Store and at district funeral director meetings. He was always kind and gracious. A true southern gentleman. Our profession will miss him as well as the Rutherford County community. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Washburn family during this difficult time.

Jeff Barbour, CFSP
McLean Funeral Directors
Gastonia, NC

Jeff Barbour

J. Pete Craft
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Mrs. Washburn and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the loss of Mr. Washburn. He served the people of his community well for many years and for that we are grateful. His service will long be remembered.

J. Pete Craft, Manager
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service

David Lane
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Sorry to hear of Mr. Washburn's passing; it was my honor to have known him. Since I was 6 years old he always greeted me with a smile and a hand shake. On some visits to the store he didn't remember my name; but would say you are WC's and Beulah's son. A Gentleman.

David Lane

Jimmy Craft
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Aunt Catherine, Eddie, Ann and Amy,
I am so sorry that you have lost your husband and father. He was my uncle, and was loved by our family very much. As you know, I have many fond memories growing up in your home, and Uncle Edward was always a rock, and had a smile or a kind word to offer. I can't express the sorrow this brings to me.

Jimmy and Mindy

Shirley Burrell
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Catherine and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Edward. He was a very special person who will be missed greatly.
My thoughts and prayers and with all the family.
Love, Shirley and Kenneth Burrell

David Scott Bostic
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018

Edward was a pillar of the community. He was well thought of and will be sorely missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless you during this most difficult time.
Scott and Sherrie Bostic

Robin Robertson
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Catherine and family,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Edward will be missed by everyone in Washburn Community. He was a fixture that can never be replaced and we will always cherish our memories of him. Love and blessings to everyone.

Dan Shackleford
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
I remember visiting the store when visiting Kent and we had a few minutes to talk 'undertaking'. It was very interesting and so was the store. When I read the notice, I saw his sister lives in Ahoskie and married to Don Craft. While Don is a little older than me - I remember him as we were both from Greene County ...Walstonburg. It is nice you all have Kent in your community and as a way to somewhat continue the Washburn name as a community institution.

Tamara Ray Grayson
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Catherine and Family,

I have known Edward since I was a kid. My parents knew Edward as well as my grand-parents. Later, Edward was instrumental by 'giving thumbs up' to the beginning of my banking career at Northwestern Bank in Bostic......that career has served me for 47 years. Edward was a wonderful human being. So strong in character and generosity. Many, many, many people have been touched by his generosity and sincerity.

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Tamara Grayson

Julius & Wanda Owens
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
Catherine and Family
We were sad to here that Edward has pass away. We have always counted ourselves lucky to have known Edward for the last 50+ years. He was good friend and always treated our family with the utmost respect and dignity during our times of need. Edward will truly be missed by all who knew him. I thank God that our paths crossed many years ago and we cherish the many memories of Edward Nollie Washburn.

Tim Gossett
   Posted Mon November 19, 2018
As a child in the late 60s, I witnessed Edward and Catherine Washburn respectfully caring for the bereaved families of Golden Valley. I still remember Edward driving his Oldsmobile funeral coach and Catherine driving the Ford van filled with flowers to Fairview Baptist Church. I thought they were the kindest people around they inspired me to pursue a career in funeral service. After more than 30 years in this sacred profession, I owe a debt of gratitude to Edward. May his soul rest in peace and may his memory be eternal.

Steve Hairfield
   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Dear Washburn Family

I just read Edward's death notice and obituary. Always a kind man to me, and our visits at the store about the business next door lasted minutes into hours. He loved his community and the people who made up his clientele. I was easily drawn to his love for them all. So sorry he's gone. You have my tears.

Cecil and Catherine Ballard
   Posted Wed November 21, 2018
Washburn family: Precious memories for Catherine and I. He was always
great in the store or in the Funeral Service in the community. Our prayers
and sympathy!
Words just can't tell what he meant to us while we were were at Walls Baptist for twelve years. He always did great wherever he was. God bless

Chris Pitman
   Posted Thu November 22, 2018
Edward was a funeral service pioneer. Over the years I have called on him to assist with services coming to Bostic and the surrounding area. He was always kind and willing to assist anyway possible. He was a treasure that will be missed. God Bless all of his family.

Rocky Pollard
   Posted Thu November 22, 2018
I came to know Mr. Washburn years ago when I had burials in the Bostic area. He was always a caring and compassionate director that was willing to assist another director as well as the family being served. I will always remember his kindness. I enjoyed our conversations at his store. I am sure he will be missed by the community he served so well.

Kevin C Towery
   Posted Sun November 25, 2018
From our family to yours, We all have good memories of Edward and his family during hard times in our lives. He made hard times easier. God sent Edward to serve these communities and he did it well. Thanks!
Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Towery Family

Marcha Mayse Beheler
   Posted Tue January 01, 2019
Catherine, I am so sorry to hear about Edward's passing. I did not know until yesterday. I did let Mike & Myra know also. Please know you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.

Scott and Tammy Greene
   Posted Sun January 06, 2019
We just learned of Edwards passing and will miss the times we would take a ride up to the store for some cheese and ginger ale. We would talk about my old cars and hearses and about the old days of funeral service. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Scott and Tammy Greene
Greene Funeral Service
Gastonia, North Carolina

Ralph Price
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Catherine, I just learned of Edward’s passing and remembered many wonderful times with the Washburn family over the years. He was truly a gentleman and will be missed. I came by not only as your hardware salesman, but as a family friend who thouroughly enjoyed our visits. Thanks to you all for the wonderful memories.

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