Edward Gosnell went home to be of service to the master Carpenter on November 9th.
He was peacefully home hospiced at his son Charles’ residence.
Born June 30, 1924, Edward was preceded in death, in 2006, by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Broyles Gosnell; and by his daughter, Carolyn Louise Walker, in 2011.
Ed is survived by his son, Charles Edward with his wife, Susan Matherly; and his son-in-law Robert Walker, Jr. Edward (Pap) and Ruth (Mamaw) were blessed with five grandchildren, Robert (Bobby) Walker, Kimberly Walker Benfield, Susan DeAnne Kamphausen, Lori Anne Hughes and Luci Rebecca Tate. From these they were further blessed with five great grandchildren, Jacob Skowronski, Cameron Kamphausen, Devon Hull, Carson Tate, Dylan Tate and Victoria Hughes.
Edward was the son of Paul and Milum Gosnell, of the Afton community.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Pauline, Emma Dean, Anna Ruth, and a brother, William.
Surviving siblings are sisters, Arma Lee, Wilma Rosa, Delphine Inez and Alice Olena.
Edward was retired from Kraft Foods, Greeneville. Prior to that, he was a carpenter with Hartman Construction, and prior to that, a farmer in the Afton community, growing crops on what is now Greene Valley Hospital property. He delighted in maintaining his residence, and entertaining his grandchildren with the many rhymes and riddles of his childhood.
Before starting his family, Ed served his country in the U.S. Navy, being aboard the USS Lansing in World War II.
He was an active member of the Afton United Methodist Church, joining with Ruth, Charles and Carolyn in the early 60s.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. at the Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home on Friday, the 11th.
The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at 3 p.m. The Rev. David Gass, Afton United Methodist Church, will officiate.
A committal service will be held at the GreeneLawn Memory Gardens immediately following. Pallbearers will be Danny Tate, Jim Hughes, Jacob Skowronski, Bobby Walker, Jimmy Bible, Harold Benfield II and Mike Skowronski. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Afton United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be given to the Afton United Methodist Church or the Piney Flats United Methodist Church of Johnson City.
Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home, 125 Idletime Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743. (423) 638-3121