Norman C. Edge, 91, longtime member of First Baptist Church Virginia Beach

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Norman C. Edge
Norman C. Edge

Norman C. Edge, 91, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Born in Wathena, Kansas, Dec. 31, 1925, he was the son of the late Ernest L. Edge and Lela McCahon Edge Manewal. He attended Wathena Grade School and Wathena High School, graduating in 1943.

Norman Edge is survived by his daughters, Janice Brugh of Gaffney, S.C., and Linda Phillips of Virginia Beach; granddaughters, Kimberly Kessinger and Jennifer Brugh; grandsons, Parker Phillips and his wife, Amy, Christian Phillips and Dakota Phillips; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ezra, Willow, Evan, Eli, Elliot, Aiden and Corey; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his faithful and loving wife of 67 years, Lil Edge; daughter, Gail Elaine Edge; grandson, Patrick Curtis Boody; brother, Duane Ernest Edge; and sister, Joey Suzette Hunter.

Norman enlisted in the Navy V-5 Cadet Program, entering active duty in September 1943, commissioned as an ensign, naval aviator in December 1945. He met and married Lillian Gertrude Fisher, his wife of over 67 years, while stationed at Naval Auxiliary Air Field, Oceana, Va.

He was released to inactive duty in September 1947, returned with his wife to Kansas to attend college, one year at Ottawa University Ottawa, Kansas, then the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, graduating as an architectural engineer in 1953 after a two-year interruption when he was recalled to active duty and flew 65 combat missions in the F40-4 Corsair over Korea and was released to inactive duty as a lieutenant July 14, 1952.

He worked for two years in Kansas City as a consulting engineer. Then in 1955, he returned with his family to Virginia Beach, where he resided until his death. He worked as a structural engineer for two and a half years for Hayes, Seay, Mattern, and Mattern; three months for the U.S. Coast Guard, 12 years for the Army Corps of Engineers, three months for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and 12 years for the Atlantic Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command, retiring in December 1982.

As a member of First Baptist Church Virginia Beach since 1955, he served in several capacities including Sunday school teacher, Sunday school director, church clerk, deacon and trustee.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at First Baptist Church of Virginia Beach. Interment will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Red Cross and/or The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Condolences may be offered to the family at hollomon-brown.com.