Edwin Allen Perdue, beloved child of God, completed his time on earth and passed peacefully to his eternal home from the arms of his wife and daughter to the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus, at Halifax Health Hospice Care Center in Edgewater, FL on May 10, 2023.
Ed, who loved and served God, country, and family, was born to Harold Dennis and Dorothy “Dottie” Hetrick Perdue in Radford, Virginia, on August 3, 1945. The family left Virginia when Ed was an infant and lived in Edison, New Jersey, for his childhood and teen years, until he left to enlist in the Air Force upon graduation from high school in 1963. Ed was on active duty for thirty years in the Air Force, serving his country in Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Germany, as well as multiple bases in the United States in the Comptroller Office of Accounting, Budget, and Finance where he was routinely promoted, earning multiple Commendation and Meritorious Service Medals until retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1993. His service was a great source of pride, and he enjoyed sharing stories of his experiences with people, cultures, and situations from around the world.
After retirement from active duty, Ed served as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Columbus, Ohio for sixteen years, retiring again in 2009. His forty-six years of service to his country was central to the person he was.
Having been baptized as a child, Ed was an active teen at the Community Presbyterian Church in Edison, participating in Sunday worship and Sunday evening youth group. Each time he returned home on leave to visit family and friends, he would also return to the church to check in with the pastor on what was happening and how everyone was doing. His love of God and his Savior Jesus was always an important part of his life, exemplified in caring for and about others. Upon moving to Florida in 2010, he and his wife Anne joined First Presbyterian Church of New Smyrna Beach, where Ed served for a time as the Treasurer, served hot meals to the hungry, volunteered at Vacation Bible School, and was instrumental in re-establishing the monthly Men’s Breakfast for prayer, food, and fellowship. As his health declined Ed was grateful for the many prayers and much support of the congregation.
In addition to God and country, the other love of his life was Ed’s family. Pre-deceased by his parents and brother, John Dennis (J.D.), he is survived by his wife Anne in Edgewater FL, daughter Sherri (Kevin) in Bluffton, SC, son Kevin (Dianne) in Aurora CO, sister Barbara in Columbus NJ, sister-in-law Judy in Mt. Laurel NJ, and four grandsons; Ryan in Reseda CA, Jason, serving in the Army National Guard in the Middle East, Wesley in Aurora, CO, and Aaron, serving in the Air Force at Langley AFB, as well as his cousin Nancy (Bill) in Sebastian FL. Through his years in the military and with family separated across the country, he liked spending time with, as well as hearing from and sharing jokes and stories with his family as often as possible.
Listening to country music, watching old westerns on TV, participating in the Hacienda Veterans by serving as Treasurer, and working part-time as a Gate Attendant at Hacienda Del Rio, where he and Anne lived, were some of the things Ed enjoyed. As his health and eyesight diminished, he enjoyed listening to western audio books as well as country music. When it was difficult to continue to attend worship, he was grateful that the services were online so he could listen to them each week.
Ed will be interred at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery with military honors on Wednesday, June 7, at 11:00 am, followed by a Service of Witness to the Resurrection at 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in New Smyrna Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, American Heart Association, or First Presbyterian Church of New Smyrna Beach.
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