Edward Dixon Harrill, 85, of Hendersonville, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014. He was born August 16, 1929 in Harlan, Kentucky, the son of the late Baylus Dixon Harrill and Annie Elizabeth Poe Harrill. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Ulmer Harrill.
Surviving are his wife Francie; his three sons, Edward Dixon Harrill, Jr. (Jennifer), Stephen Gordon Harrill (Cathy), and Paul Daniel Harrill; three stepchildren, Peter Michael Denholm (Diane), Dorie Ramey (Jon), and Julie Davis; and twelve grandchildren that he adored.
Ed was a 1956 graduate of the University of South Carolina and served in the Air Force. He had an amazing career that started in the newspaper business in Charleston, SC and he went on to be Deputy Assessor for Richland County, SC, Government and Business Editor for ëThe Stateí newspaper in Columbia, SC, Chief of Staff for Senator Strom Thurmond in Washington DC, and ended his career as Director of Congressional Relations for the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, DC. He retired in 1994. He and Francie moved from Fairfax, VA to Hendersonville to enjoy retirement in 2003 and to be closer to family. A life-long Methodist, Ed has been blessed with good family and friends that were so important to him.
A memorial service will be at 3:00pm Saturday, September 6, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, with Rev. Dan Martin officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First United Methodist Church, 204 6th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739 or Pardee Hospital Foundation, 800 N. Justice Street, Hendersonville, NC 28791.
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Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.