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Obituary for Edward Lee Washington

Edward Lee Washington, 79, of Franklin, NC, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, November 20, 2022, in Asheville, NC.

Ed was born in Carthage, Texas, to the late Eddie C. and Mary Lee Ross Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Doris Strickland. After graduating college, he worked as a middle and high school science teacher before continuing a 34-year career in government with the departments of US Forest Service and Interior, as counselor, teacher, and ultimately Center Director of Job Corps in numerous communities. He was a member and deacon of Burgess Chapel Church in Franklin. Ed was a past president of Kiwanis and member of the Lions Club International (Wisconsin). Throughout his life he cherished family time (including his church family at Burgess Chapel) and travel. He loved outdoor sports, hunting, grilling, working on cars, watching boxing matches…..and especially fishing!! He thrived on helping people and building better communities, often one person at a time. In the end, what mattered most to Edward Washington was his relationship with the Lord.

Ed is survived by his wife, Patricia Washington; four children, LaDonna West (Walter) of Johnson City, TN, Pamela Richmond (El Shon) of Nashville, TN, Ericka Washington of Franklin, NC, Chrystal Johnson (Robert) of Fruitland Park, FL; two sisters; Gwendolyn Johnson of Garland, TX, Carolyn Jones of Dallas, TX; eight grandchildren, DyAngelo Washington, Nathan West, Benjamin West, El Ana Richmond, Olivia Johnson, Zion Johnson, Chamella Johnson, Jaylin Johnson; and one great granddaughter, Kaya Washington.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 2 pm in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm, one hour prior to the service. Pastor Mozart Moliere will officiate.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teen Challenge of the Smokies, P.O. Box 2157, Franklin, NC 28744.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.