Large Crowd Attends Funeral for Dr.
Prominent And Beloved Brevard
Physician Died Suddenly Last
A large crowd attended
the funeral services here at the Brevard
Methodist church last Sunday afternoon for Dr.
Edwin S. English, 75, prominent and beloved
Brevard physician whose sudden death came as a
shock to the entire community and
Friends from far and
near gathered to pay tribute to a man who had
spent his life serving the people of his town
and country. It was one of the largest
crowds ever assembled here for a funeral
The pastor, Rev. W. A.
Jenkins, Rev. E. P. Billups of Canton, and Rev.
G. G. Adams, pastor of the Ecusta circuit,
conducted the service. Interment was in
the Oak Grove cemetery where final rites were
held by the Masons. The body lay in state
an hour and a half before this
Dr. English died
suddenly last Thursday morning while en route
to a hospital in Greenville, S. C., where he
was being removed following an attack earlier
in the morning. He was stricken soon
after returning home from calling on a patient
at 3 o'clock that morning. He had been in
declining health for several years, but as
stated in the prayer of Mr. Billups at the
funeral service, "He fell in the line of duty
in sacrificing his life for others."
He was a native of
Transylvania county and had practiced medicine
here almost half a century. He was a 32nd
degree Mason and a member of the Woodmen of the
World, and served one term as registrar
of deeds of Transylvania County. He
received his M. D. degree at the University of
the South, Sewannee, Tenn.., in 1900, and did
post graduate work at the New York Post
Graduate Medical school, and at the University
of the state of New York, and also took a
course in obstetrics and diseases of the
children, and a course in X-ray and diathermy
in Philadelphia. He attended the
University of North Carolina and took his
elementary schooling at English Chapel and
Surviving are the
widow, who was formerly Miss Leila Jane
Pickelsimer, of Brevard; one son, Edwin S.
English, Jr., of Brevard; four daughters, Mrs.
Clyde Jones, of Brevard; Mrs. Ted Seely, of
Waldron, Ark.; Miss Katherine English, of
Brevard; and Mrs. Alfred Berthold, of
Washington, D. C.; also two grandchildren; two
brothers, Judge D. L. English, of Brevard, and
Charlie English, of Etowah; and two sisters,
Mrs. Eugene Lewis of Asheville, and Mrs. J. F.
Matney, of Statesville.
Active pall bearers
were G. H. Lyday, Osborne Bradley, Lewis P.
Hamlin, J. M. Allison and W. W.
A large number of
friends acted as honorary
Those ins charge of
flowers were: Mrs. J. E. Hunter, Jr., Mrs Lita
Stepp, Miss Mildred Carpenter, Miss Lucille
Roberts, Mrs. Albert Lyday, Mrs. Ashe Macfie,
Mrs. Brian Combs, Ms. Hollis Fort, Mrs. Miriam
Kyle and Mrs. Bill Erwin.
Moore - Trantham
funeral home was in charge of
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added 08 March 2003 by LHR