Edward “Ed” Renfro McConnell, 85, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
Ed was a native and lifelong resident of Johnson City.
He was a son of the late William Thomas and Carrie Renfro McConnell.
Mr. McConnell was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Mendocino (APA-100) which was a Bayfield-class attack transport.
After serving in the Navy, he returned to Johnson City to work alongside his mother at McConnell’s Grocery, which was established by his parents in 1909.
Mr. McConnell retired from the Veterans Administration.
Ed, along with his wife, spent many wonderful winters at Saddlebag Lake Resort in Lake Wales, FL.
He was a member of the Johnson City Masonic Lodge #486 F&AM for fifty years.
Ed was a lifelong member of Central Baptist Church, where he was a member of the William R. Ridgell Sunday School Class.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Willie McConnell Willis.
Mr. McConnell is survived by his loving wife of sixty-five years, Helen Ruth Lucas McConnell; his daughter, Patricia McConnell Norton and husband, Dana Paul Norton, Greeneville; his son, Thomas Edward McConnell and wife, Tina Tolley McConnell, Knoxville.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Veterans Administration Home Based Primary Care Team, Gentivia Home Health and Caris Healthcare.
The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. from the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with Dr. Ronald R. Murray officiating. Special music will be provided by Ambers Wilson, Pianist.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Dale Moore, Bo Alvis and Harry Harmon. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Byrd, members of the William R. Ridgell Sunday School Class, Elizabeth and Joe Willingham, Dr. George Granger, Dr. Janice Shelton, Al and Mary Meeks.
The family will receive friends Wednesday prior to the service from 12:00-2:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Baptist Church Library, 300 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the McConnell family. 928-6111