Guy Mentzer Edmondson Jr. of Smyrna died peacefully at home on Sept. 15, 2010 at age 90.
Guy Mentzer Edmondson, Jr. of Smyrna died peacefully at home on Sept. 15, 2010 at age 90.
He was born in Perryville, Md., the son of Guy Mentzer Edmondson and Rebecca Reed Edmondson.
After moving to Smyrna, Del. as an infant, he remained a well known resident until his death. Upon graduation from Smyrna High School in 1937, he worked as a butcher for A&P Markets.
In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he became a radio operator. On the crew of a B24 Liberator in Norfolk, England, he flew 32 bombing missions over Nazi Germany and received three Bronze Stars.
He returned to Smyrna, and in 1952 he purchase the Smyrna Market with partner James N. Rodney. They sold the business in 1977, and he continued to work in local food businesses until his retirement.
Guy was active in many local organizations, including the Lions Club and V.F.W. He was a life member of Citizens' Hose Company #1 for almost 70 years, serving as President in 1947.
He was well known as a long-serving Councilman and Vice Mayor for the Town of Smyrna where his vision and dedication helped to foster decades of growth. Not shy at expressing his opinion, he was known for his powers of persuasion, assisted by his sharp wit and infectious laugh.
After completion of his terms as Councilman, he continued to serve as Secretary for the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, helping local municipalities in purchasing wholesale electricity.
In recent years, he was the Smyrna Town Assessor.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Betty Cook “Cookie” Edmondson; two sisters, Elizabeth E. Whittaker and Ruth E. Metz, and a brother, William A. Edmondson.
He is survived by a daughter, Marjorie E. Sloan and her husband Thomas C. of Smyrna; a son, Guy Mitchell Edmondson and his wife Loretta I. of Milford; granddaughters, Marilyn Sloan of Buffalo, New York and Anna Lee Edmondson of Milford; two sisters, Estelle E. Smith of Newark and Gertrude E. Brittingham of Dover and a brother, James N. Edmondson of Cleveland, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 24 at 12 noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 North Union Street, Smyrna. Friends are invited to call on the family immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Peter’s Church or to Citizens' Hose Company #1, PO Box 97, Smyrna, DE 19977 or to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 623 West Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE 19804.
Arrangements are by Faries Funeral Directors and Crematorium Inc., 29 South Main Street, Smyrna.
Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.