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Edgar P. “Ed” Israel

 

Edgar P. “Ed” Israel

Edgar P. “Ed” Israel, 78, died Dec. 15, 2012.

A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Lane B. and Ardie P. Israel. His high school sweetheart and wife of 49 years, Matilda Maney “Till” Israel, died in 2003.

He was a Korean War veteran spending two years on active duty and five years in the North Carolina National Guard. He continued his education following active duty receiving an associate’s degree from Brevard College, a B.S. degree in education from Western Carolina Univ-ersity, and completed work in the masters of social work program at the University of Tennessee.

In 1966, he was appointed state director of public assistance and social services for the North Carolina State Commission for the Blind. As state director, he was responsible for the delivery of public assistance and social and medical services through caseworkers for the blind in all North Carolina counties.

Upon returning to Western North Carolina, he was employed by the Haywood County Department of Social services, eventually serving 17 years with the department, 14 of which as director.

After leaving Social Services, he was appointed the first county manager for Transylvania County, a position he held until tapped to serve as the district field representative for then Congressman Lamar Gudger.

Following the congressman’s defeat in 1980, he was appointed as regional manager for the Ashville Regional Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

In 1985, he was appointed as the executive director for Western North Carolina Tomorrow, a 19 county citizen’s leadership organization based at Western Carolina University. Israel retired from Western Carolina University in 1992 after completing 32 years of public service.

He has been a member of the Brevard First United Methodist for the last 36 years. He was a 47-year master mason, a York Rite Mason, and was a member of the Dunn’s Rock Masonic Lodge at the time of his death.

He was also a member of the Transylvania Democrat Men’s Club and served two terms as president of the Transylvania County Social Services Board until retiring earlier this year.

Survivors include a son, John M. Israel, of Atlanta, Ga .; a daughter, Sherri Israel Scott, of Atlanta; son-in-law, David Scott, and two beloved grandchildren, Spencer and Zander Scott.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Brevard.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Brevard First United Methodist Church or to the Transylvania Community Hospital Hospice.

The online register is available at http://www.groce funeralhome.com.

Groce Funeral Home of Asheville is assisting the famil

 
 

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