Noah W. Edgell

October 17, 1926 - December 12, 2010
Noah W. Edgell

Noah W. Edgell, Jr. (Biff) October 17, 1926 – December 12, 2010. Biff passed away peacefully in his families home this weekend after a long battle with diabetes. He persevered for many years and enjoyed a long, fulfilling life with his family. He was born in Folsom, West Virginia, was a US Navy WWII veteran and raised his family in the Madison, Ohio area until 1971 when he was transferred to Wilmington with the Diamond Shamrock Corporation, which he retired from in 1985. During his retirement he continued to enjoy his passions for fishing, gardening and spending time with his family, even testing his hand at antiquing.

He was one of 13 children born to the late Noah and Armenia Edgell and was the beloved husband of MaryEllen McFarland Edgell for over 60 years. Biff will forever be remembered by his surviving siblings, Mabel Edgell Swiger, Betty Edgell Morris, Pauline Edgell Hardesty, Frances “Bud” Edgell, beloved children, Norah Edgell Kertis and husband Bob, Catherine Edgell, Deborah Edgell Reid and husband Michael, Richard Edgell and wife Cynthia Edgell, Scott Edgell and wife Cathy Goodman Edgell, Denise Edgell Hines and husband Jimmy, his treasured grandchildren, Justin Taylor, Jennifer Edgell-Garay, Heather Morgan, Cody Kertis, Matthew Kertis, Sebastion Reid, Kari-Anne Edgell Kertis, Zachary Reid, Mackenzie Hines, Ricky Edgell, Jacob Edgell, Amanda Hines, Caitlin Edgell, Caleb Edgell, Tyler Hines, Luke Edgell, and Hayden Hines, beloved great-grandchildren, Courtney Flynn, Noah Garay, Kayleigh Flynn, Ashley Flynn, Mya Kertis and great-great grandchild Marlie Houser along with countless other dear family and friends whom were blessed to know him.

Biff touched the lives of many people with his quiet manner and generosity, and maintained his loving, gentle and dignified character to the very end. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial mass on Friday, December 17th, 2010, at 12:30 pm at St. Marys Catholic Church, 412 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28403, with a repast to follow in the school cafeteria.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that a memorial donation be sent to the wonderful people and organization who gave such wonderful care to Biff and his family in their time of need, the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • December 14, 2010
    Alice Pearl says:
    A wonder soft spoken man that always showed love. Aunt Mary Ellen hugs to you and the family and may God bring you comfort. Love you Alice Pearl

  • December 14, 2010
    Tom Hayhurst says:
    Uncle Biff will live on in our hearts. He will not be forgotton. He was a kind and gentle man and will be sadly missed. Much Love Tom Hayhurst & Ginny Klein.

  • December 14, 2010
    Barbara Kuhn says:
    Uncle JR.will be forever in my heart. He was a kind and gentle man and I will always remember that he called me his other daughter. Love to you all.

  • December 14, 2010
    Tracy Youmans says:
    I want to offer my condolences to the family, and hope you can find comfort in knowing how much Uncle Junior touched all our lives. He was a wonderful man, and I will always remember with great fondness, our many conversations. He shared with me several stories which I think of often. I am thankful to have known him, and will miss this man more than you will ever know. An American hero, beloved family member, and a friend forever. You may finally rest easy, Uncle Junior.

  • December 14, 2010
    Thomas Turner and family says:
    Uncle Junior will be sincerly missed. I always enjoyed when the family traveled to North Carolina and we visited Uncle Junior and Aunt MaryEllen as I was growing up. Uncle Junior was a loving Uncle to be around. I enjoyed his company. I remember him visiting Grandma Hayhurst (his sister) here in Pennsylvania. Last time I remember seeing Uncle Junior was at Grandma Hayhurst (his sister) funeral. We were enjoying the company of him across from the dinner table and told him to make himself comfortable with undoing his tie and unbuttoning his shirt some. We said Grandma would want everyone to be comfortable. And we had a grand time that day visting with him. My the time has flown since that treasured day. Aunt Pauline (his other sister) was gracious enough to keep us abreast of Uncle Junior's health, and Aunt MaryEllen. The family will miss him dearly.