Edward C. Baize, 84, of Towanda, passed peacefully into the hands of his savior Feb. 19, 2018, at LeRoy Manor nursing home with his family beside him. He had been a patient there for four days.
Edward was born May 20, 1933, in McHenry, Ky., the son of Wilbert and Belvia Sorrels Baize. He married Marjorie I. Harsha on Sept. 28, 1951, and they spent 66 years of happiness together. She survives.
Also surviving are three children, Edward Jr. (Roxa), Towanda; Loretta (Gerald) Reeder, Versailles, Ky.; Janice (Joe) Leuchtenberg, Towanda; five grandchildren, Eddie C. III, Nicole Reeder, Michele Brown, Sandra Yordy and Steve Sheppelman; five great-grandchildren, Kylie Taylor Brown, Sandra Lenore Yordy, Michael Edward Baize, Haley Nicole Waldschmidt and McKenna Sheppelman; a brother, Harold Victor (Eleanor), Gibson City; three sisters, Martha F. (James) Curtis, Bloomington; Margie Pruitt, Hartford, Ky.; and Carolyn Phipps, Beaver Dam, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Noble, Sacramento, Calif.; Charles R., Mount Carmel, and Onis D. (Mary), Bloomington.
Eddie was a 50-year-plus member of the El Paso AF & AM Lodge. He was also member of the College Avenue Baptist Church, Normal. He operated Eddie’s Truck Stop in Towanda for 13 years after having worked there since 1952, helping to get it ready to open for business. Due to Interstate 55 bypassing Towanda, the truck stop closed in 1976. Then he became a Teamster. He made many friends while in business. Eddie did not know a stranger. He was a friend to everyone. He never spoke an unkind word about anyone.
Eddie served as deacon at the First Baptist Church in Towanda for 23 years.
There was a private family graveside prayer Feb. 22, at Eddie’s request, with one of the former pastors at First Baptist Church in Towanda, Pastor Cal Gowen. He will be deeply missed by all, family and friends, and we know he is happy serving the Lord. Pallbearers were Edward Baize Jr., Gerald Reeder, Joe Leuchtenberg, Edward Baize III, Mike Waldschmidt and Michael Edward Baize.