Mr. Edward Ormsby, loving and cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend left the world as gently as he lived in it on February 11, 2012. Ed loved people, conversation, traveling, education, Ocean Isle Beach, and all creatures great and small. He was a handyman, gardener, mentor, and a friend to all. Above all else, Ed was a gentleman, and a believer in doing the right thing.
Ed was a graduate of Hamlet High School, bachelor degree from Campbell University, master’s degree from UNC in Greensboro, and advanced degrees from UNC in Charlotte. He served in the United States Army National Guard and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.
Ed was a retired educator in Richmond County; serving as Principal at Monroe Avenue Elementary, Ellerbe Junior High, and Roberdel Children’s Center, and Assistant Principal at Fairview Heights Elementary. He was an Associate Superintendent in St. Pauls and Maxton in Robeson County. He was a teacher and department head at Richmond Senior High and a teacher and coach at Hamlet High School.
Ed was the vice chair of the Richmond County Board of Education, board member of the Foundation of the Carolinas, board member of Our Daily Bread food ministry, member of the Richmond County Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, member of the Rockingham Civitan Club, member of the Richmond County School Education Foundation, member of the Richmond County Booster Club, member and past chair of Cameron Morrison Community Resource Council, and past chair of the Rockingham Housing Authority and board member of Sandhill Children’s Center, and was a member of number of other groups. He was a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Rockingham and a member of Rockingham Masonic Lodge.
Funeral services will be conducted 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 15th at First Baptist Church in Rockingham with Rev. Dr. Jim Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Marks Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 pm at Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham and other times at the home.
Surviving is his wife, Bobbie Sue Ormsby of the home; sons, Don Ormsby of Garden City, SC, Britt Lovin and wife Julie of Asheville, and Brad Lovin of Raleigh; a daughter, Laura Swangim and husband Jeff of Asheville; four grandchildren, Nicholas Lovin, Andy Lovin, Sally Swangim, and Zeb Swangim; and a sister, Earline Ormsby of Charleston, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Bertha Ormsby; first wife, Jean Ormsby; son, Lee Ormsby; and sister, Effie Ormsby.
Memorials may be sent to the Richmond County Education Foundation, PO Box 102, Rockingham, NC 28380 or First Baptist Church, 201 N. Randolph St., Rockingham, NC 28379.
Online condolences may be sent to www.watson-kingfuneralhome.com. Watson-King Funeral Home in Rockingham is assisting the Ormsby family.