Edward Alden Oliphant

Born: Sat., Feb. 2, 1918
Died: Wed., Dec. 28, 2011

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Edward Alden Oliphant
Morehead City, formerly of Dunn, NC and Queens, NY
Edward Alden Oliphant, age 93, a devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and uncle, passed away on December 28, 2011.
Born in Brooklyn, New York on February 2, 1918, to the late Percival and Signe (Youngberg) Oliphant, “Ed” was retired from the former Morganite, Inc., of Long Island City, NY and Dunn, NC, where he served with dedication for over fifty years in various roles including machinist, for which he studied at Pratt Institute, chief union steward, and for several decades as plant engineer.
Known for his oft-spoken phrase, “what can I do for you?” Ed enjoyed his family and friends and cherished sixty-four years of marriage to his late wife, Grace Pieper Oliphant. He was proud he was born on Groundhog Day and liked being asked to inform all who asked how many more weeks of winter could be expected.
His fond childhood experiences included a ride in a blimp at age 10 or 12, in the area where La Guardia Airport in New York City now stands, and camping as a Boy Scout at Ten Mile River Camp Mann in New York State.
In Dunn, where he moved in 1966, Ed was president and past president of the Dunn Lions and relished his jocular role as Tail Twister. He was proud of the thousands of eye glasses he helped the Lions collect for sharing with others. He was treasurer of the Men’s Club of the Divine Street Methodist Church and often served as an usher, just as he had earlier at the United Methodist Church in Hollis, NY.
Ed is survived by his son, Richard (Jenni) of Swansboro, NC; daughter Linda (Richard) Stanford of East Lansing, MI, and grandson, Tristan (Lana) Stanford of Ellettsville, IN.
A private family funeral service will be held.

The family respectfully request in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Salvation Army PO Box 305 Morehead City, NC 28557 or a charity of one's choice in memory of Ed.

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Susie & Walter Byrd
   Posted Thu December 29, 2011
Walter & I would like you to know that for the short time that we knew Ed, He was so easy to like..I don't think I have ever met such a sweet man..He was the ultimate Gentleman in every way..You all will certainly be remembered in our prayers..Go with God, Ed...

Paul and Teeny Perry
   Posted Thu December 29, 2011
To Ed who I knew thru church attendance and business assoc I send my condolence. it was my good fortune to have known Grace and Ed.

Paul Perry

   Posted Thu December 29, 2011
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort as I have in Gods promise that soon “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore” Revelation 21:4. We are further comforted in Gods promise that our dead loved ones have the hope of living again. John 5:28, 29; Isaiah 26:19. My condolences go out to the family.

Mary Lemuel Blalock
   Posted Thu December 29, 2011
Sending our sympathy to Ed's family. He was such a fine man, a devoted member of DSUMC, and a good neighbor while living in Dunn. We know that you have many wonderful memories that will sustain you in the sad days and weeks to follow. God Bless tbe Oliphant family.

Mary Lemuel Blalock
Anne Blalock Marsh

Kaye Corbin Bledsoe
   Posted Thu December 29, 2011
Wishing you, Richard, and your family peace and comfort in the midst of your sorrow. May cherished memories give you strength.

Joe Ryan
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
Worked with Ed at Morganite for a good many years in NY and in Dunn. He was a fine man. Our prayers go with him and with his family.

Bill and Karolyn
   Posted Sat December 31, 2011
Uncle Ed will be sadly missed by all that have ever had the pleasure of meeting him, he was the ultimate gentleman through and through. I am proud to say that I am his niece. We love you Linda, Dick Richie and Jen.

Mike Saulter
   Posted Sun January 01, 2012
So sorry to hear of Ed's recent passing. Got to know him through my church's monthly visits with Ed and our other friends (New Hope Baptist Church). Ed reminded me so much of my father Fuller who passed at 94 and was married to my mom for 65 years. After we would sing and minister I enjoyed spending a few minutes talking with Ed. He mainly spoke about what it was like growing up in Brooklyn. Ed always has a smile and a good story to share. We will all miss him very much.

Jim Rose
   Posted Sun January 01, 2012
Family & Friends,

My name is Jim Rose, I am the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Beaufort, NC. New Hope Baptist church has had the privilege of ministering at the Carolina House where Ed was a resident. I want you all to know that we are thoroughly blessed to have known Ed and that he always brought a genuine smile to our faces as he shared stories with us from his life.

Ed, "Brooklyn" is what we called Ed, is in our thoughts and his family will be in our prayers...thank you Lord for the opportunity to know Edward Oliphant.

Rufus & Sharon Murray
   Posted Sun January 01, 2012
Richard, Jenni and Family: We were sorry to hear about the passing
of your father. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family
and have you in our hearts....

Rufus & Sharon Murray
Cedar Point, N.C.

Rev. Gayla Collins
   Posted Tue January 03, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Oliphant''s passing. The church was notified and the family has been added to our prayer list. You are in our prayers.
Rev. Gayla Collins, pastor, Divine Street United Methodist Church, Dunn, NC.

Robert and Ellen Jernigan
   Posted Wed January 04, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Oliphant were much loved members of my church family. Grace was a very good friend of my mother-in-law, Emily Jernigan. Their ''assigned'' pew was directly in front of the ''Jernigan'' pew. Many wonderful memories. I am so sorry. Prayers are with you.
Robert and Ellen Jernigan

Rev. Dr. Douglas Pieper
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
It is my sincere hope that this is sent. Uncle Ed was a great influence imylife and I am indebted to him and his wonderful wife, Aunt Grace, for the
tremendous encouragers they were in helping me to achieve my many goals

They were always there for me. I remember the fond memories I had when
I lived with them and my cousins, Linda and Richie. I always felt I was part
of their family and I grieve for thei loss. I am tearfully writing this because
I shall miss them but do realize that, because they were believers, that our
reunion will be joyful one!

I am praying that all who read this will give their hearts to the Lord and
that you will enjoy that blessed reunion in Heaven with my beloved Aunt
Grace and Uncle Ed. They were my God-parents and lived up to those
requirements and I love them for that. Hallelujah!!

Melanie Collins
   Posted Mon January 16, 2012
Dear Family--
So sad to hear of Ed''s passing. Your mother and father were such good friends to the Harnett County Public Library. We remember them fondly and often.
--melanie collins, ret. director

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