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In loving memory of
Jack Edge
  • February 05, 1924
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  • November 28, 2021

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Jack was born on February 5,1924 in Pitts, GA. He
enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he turned 17. Months
later, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Pelias, which sailed
to Pearl Harbor Hawaii, arriving just before the infamous
Japanese attack. Suffering with appendicitis, he and his
shipmates fought the Japanese.

He married Alice Ward on June 17, 1949. They had four
children, Lee, Linda, Deborah, and Dale. He was an
active duty missionary to the military until he retired from
the Navy in 1960. Soon afterward, he founded the
Servicemen’s Christian Home near Bainbridge NTC, MD.
Their home was a home away from home for thousands
of Sailors over a 25 year period. He was always ready to
share God’s word.

With Alice at his side for 71 years, they were a team. It
was always “Jack and Alice”. Together they ministered to
everyone they met. They were blessed to be able to travel
for several years before moving to Ocala in 2012.
Jack passed peacefully from this life after a gradual
decline in health. He is survived by 4 children, 7
grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Timber Ridge Community Church, 10260 SW 110th St, Dunnellon, FL 34432.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at 2:00 pm at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513.

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  1. Gilbert Raynor says:
    02 Nov 2022
    I was stationed at Bainbridge for nuclear power school. I was already a Christian and his fellow drove up in a van and offered me an opportunity to come spend the weekend and go to church. I became a regular at the Bainbridge Christian serviceman center. I made a lot of friends there, some of them lifelong friends, we went to church and Alan Dickerson was the pastor and I ended up entering the ministry. There is no way to explain the impact that Jack and Alice had on my spiritual life. I just came across this obituary and I know that Jack is rejoicing in heaven, and probably with many of those that he led to the Lord hand salute Jack. Looking forward to seeing you when the Lord calls me home.

  2. Nathan Mackey says:
    07 Dec 2021
    My maternal grandmother, Carolyn Edge Cheek, was Jack's younger sister. I first met Uncle Jack in 1992, when he visited his three sisters in Lancaster, SC. I would met him a few other times as well. In 2017 around the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I had the opportunity to call him and record his story on the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is a conversation I treasure. His love of Christ, Aunt Al, and the US military were evident, even as Alzheimer's took over his mind. His memories of December 7th were vivid. I am saddened, but glad to know that his faith in Christ has now been made sight. And that he has been reunited with Aunt Al, my grandmothers, his siblings, parents, family and friends. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

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