Edward (Ed) LaVere, age 89, of Burgaw, NC passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on September 27, 2018. Edward was born in Felton, Delaware on July 22, 1929 to the late Harry and Helen LaVere. Edward was one of ten children. Of the ten children, he is preceded in death by; Harold LaVere, Robert LaVere, Jimmy LaVere, Marian Short, Mildred LaVere, Adele LaVere Carey, and Dorothy LaVere Jones.
Edward is survived by his devoted and beautiful wife of 65 years, Myrtle LaVere and their children; Michael LaVere (Linda) of Burgaw, NC, Douglas LaVere of Kings Mountain, NC, Ricky LaVere (Nina) of Newark, Delaware, Michele LaVere (John) of Burgaw, NC, and Beth Bryant (Julian) of Clayton, NC. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his Sister, Helen Mills of Dover Delaware, Kenneth LaVere (Sylvia) of Wyoming, Delaware, and his beautiful grandchildren; Carrie Chapman (Ken), April LaVere (Bryan), Zachary LaVere, Ricky LaVere (Lindy), Kristin Barker (Danny), Daniel LaVere, Colt Chapman, Katie Chapman, Cassie Chapman, Alysa Bryant, Noah Bryant, Jacob Bryant, Hunter LaVere, Hope LaVere, Chase Ross, Ella Barker, Ava Barker, Leona LaVere, Andrew Jones, Levi LaVere, Zeke Chapman, Rosie Chapman, a special thanks and love to Pasty and Larry Smith, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Special Thanks and love to Felicia Tillman for all the outstanding care provided during this very difficult time.
Edward began his career with Diamond State Telephone Company from 1948 – 1951, as a telephone repairman. In 1951, he joined the US Navy and served on the SS Chopper 342 Submarine until 1954. After serving his country, he went back to the telephone company to continue to grow his career and retired as an Electrical Engineer in 1978. During his time with the Telephone company, he attended the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania, Assisted NASA with developing a heart monitor for the Astronauts involved with the Mercury Mission, and he led the Engineering team that developed the first ATM machine. After his retirement, Edward and his family relocated to Burgaw, NC where they remain until present. After relocating, Edward began driving 18 Wheelers. He thought he would give that career a try and follow in his father’s footsteps. Edward was a Truck Driver from 1980 – 1992 until he retired as manager of the Wilmington, NC and Knoxville, TN fleet for Liquid Transporters. After his retirement from the trucking industry, Edward decided he would finally retire. Retirement for Edward was not what most people would think as he worked very hard during this time making toy boxes, outdoor Christmas statues, decorative sleighs, rocking horses, breadboxes, serving trays, perfecting the art of earth box gardening, and enjoying life with his family; especially his grandchildren. Edward was literally a jack of all trades. He never knew a stranger, he greeted everyone with a smile, always willing to give an encouraging word, lend his support, offer wisdom, guidance and share his love of math.
Services will be held Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Quinn McGowan Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel located at 308 W. Freemont St. Burgaw, NC. 28425. Immediately following the Memorial Service, the family would like to invite you to join them at the Burgaw Community House located 102 East Wilmington Street, Burgaw, N.C. 28425.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.
Burgaw Community Center
Sunday September 30th, 2018
102 East Wilmington Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
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Sunday September 30th, 2018
308 W. Fremont St.
Burgaw, NC 28425
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Louis & Frankie Saunders lit a candle on Oct 6 2018 10:24:46 AM
My sincere condolences for your loss. I hope you are able to find comfort in the scriptures at Acts 24: 15 and John 5: 28,29 which gives is resurrection hope. At Revelation 21: 3-5 God brings out that in the future there will be no more pain and suffering. And we can look forward to what is written in Psalm 37: 9-11 and 29 about the meek will possess the earth. To find more information please visit
Submitted by April on Sep 30 2018 09:51:59 PM
Mr. LaVere has left a wonderful legency for his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all who knew him. We are blessed because we knew his daughter Beth and her family. They are such a blessing in our lives that they are my family too. You have left such great memories that will stay with the family forever. God bless each of you.
Submitted by Marian and Jamal Reed on Sep 30 2018 12:49:52 PM
We are sorry to hear about Ed. Thinking of you all and wishing you moments of peace and comfort through this difficult time. With heartfelt sympathy,
Steve and Michelle❤️
Submitted by Steve and Michelle Miller on Sep 30 2018 10:27:39 AM
Sheila, Javier, Shay ,Ayden lit a candle for Edward "Ed" LaVere
Sheila, Javier, Shay ,Ayden lit a candle on Sep 29 2018 08:53:57 PM
We will miss seeing Ed out and about and our chats. We are here for you guys always.
Sheila, Javier, Shay, Ayden
Submitted by Sheila Garcia on Sep 29 2018 08:52:22 PM
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Donna Tyson & Emery Farmer lit a candle on Sep 29 2018 07:48:14 PM
I just met you maybe a week ago, but in this short time I have a feeling that you carry on your dad's legacy of character? May the God of comfort, you as only He can.
Submitted by Sharon & Jack Hamad on Sep 28 2018 03:51:04 PM
I am so sorry about your recent loss. The Bible is a good source of encouragement during difficult times like this. The Bible promises us at Revelation 21: 3, 4 that “death will be no more.” This is very reassuring to us when we lose our loved ones. You can have confidence that you will see your dead loved ones again because John 5:28, 29, says: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming which all in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.” May these scriptures comfort you all!
Submitted by C. B. on Sep 28 2018 09:28:31 AM
"My sincere condolence to your family at this time, may the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope with your loss and help your tender hearts to heal with promises From His Word, I pray you meditate on John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:4 for solace. May the peace of God be with you all."
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