Edsel Bowling Terry, age 90, died peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, December 29. A Durham native, he was born to the late Joseph D. and Sudie Poole Terry on December 8, 1921. Edsel proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and earned the rank of Master Sergeant, 98th Bombardment Group, 415th Bombardment Squadron. He attended Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church in Durham.
Edsel enjoyed music throughout his entire life and was an accomplished musician and extraordinary fiddler. He was a young 13 year old when he played the fiddle at his first square dance.
Edsel is survived by his two sisters, Katherine Terry Mangum of Bahama, NC; Elizabeth Terry Henderson of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his double first cousin, Mary Ruth Terry Mebane of Hillsborough; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramie B. Terry; and his son, Stephen B. Terry.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 31, at Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Bobby Daughtry presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may visit Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Bill Hunt, 1601 Riverside Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278; or Duke Community Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Amy Kramer, R.N., and the entire hospice staff for the wonderful care given to Edsel during the past few months.
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