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James Edward “Ed” Wynn, age 89, passed away this past Friday, December 17th, 2021 in Griffin, Georgia, after a short illness. A native of Jonesboro, Georgia, Ed was the youngest son of a large and extended family.
Enlisting in the United States Coast Guard in 1950, Ed served his sea duty on the ice-breaker ship USS Eastwind and later served lighthouse duty at Egg Rock Lighthouse in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was there he met and fell in love with Ms. Mona Lee Hollis; at the conclusion of his service, they moved back to Jonesboro where they raised a loving family. After 39 years, Ed retired from the Clayton County School System as the Supervisor of the Audio/Visual Department. Throughout his life, Ed was most proud of his family, and how blessed he was for the 69 years he spent by Mona’s side.
Ed Wynn was the living embodiment of human kindness; whether it be someone in need, a friend or co-worker, fellow churchgoer, or simply a turtle trying to cross the road, Ed Wynn lived by the Golden Rule and family values instilled in him by his loving mother, Jesse.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Jesse, his brothers Bob and Dan, and his sisters Sybil Mundy & Carolyn Moore. He is survived by his wife, Mona Lee Wynn, daughter Brenda Smith (née Wynn), son-in-law Allan R. Smith, grandson Dr. Matthew A. Smith and grand daughter-in-law Amanda M. Smith (née Griffith), great-granddaughters Mila Katherine and Tessa Meredith, step-granddaughters Adrianne McKita (née Smith)(Ed McKita) and Julia Kelley (née Smith)(Beau Kelley), brother Vern Wynn, and sister Ann Lee (née Wynn) as well as a large extended family.
Details for a celebration of life ceremony are forthcoming, and in lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Brightmoor Hospice Center in Griffin, Georgia. The Wynn family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 W, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.
Louine Young says
So sorry Mona, Brenda and Family.
Robin S. Rawls says
Brenda, you and all of your family are in my heart. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Dads are very special blessings.
Annette Qualben says
Our love and prayers for you.
Janet Scarbrough says
He was such a good man. Prayers for all the family to find peace in the days ahead and look back on the great memories you have with him.
Dell Bowen says
Mona,Bren, and family,
Ed left a wonderful legacy for all of you and
That legacy will live on for generations. How fortunate to have all those lovely memories to draw on as you continue on your earthy lives. Bless your family.
Dana Holmes says
Ed was the best of us. He was someone to admire and aspire to be like. He loved his family with his whole heart and soul. He treated all he met with respect and genuine kindness. None better. He is loved and will be sorely missed. The world lost a great human being. I was privileged to be able to call him my Uncle Ed.
Martha Sligh says
I believe Ed was one of the kindest men that I have had the pleasure of knowing. It was so obvious that he loved his family unconditionally. Brenda, when I met your parents, it was easy to see where you got your kind, loving spirit. I know all of you (his family) will cherish your memories and love for Ed always. I’m glad that I had the pleasure of knowing him.
Edith Cozad says
Praying for you and your family. So very sorry. I have always admired your mother and father. Mr. Wynn was a kind and gentle person.
Roy Dunn says
Brenda,so sorry to hear about your father.I never met your father,but I,m sure he was a Hero to your family.May God be with you and your family during this time.May Gods love comfort your family and and give each one peace during this time.
Steve Davis says
He was my second dad growing up and the best person anyone could ever know. He set a great example on how to live my life and treat others.
Lyn Smith Moore says
Ed was such a wonderful person. He was such a help to Carolyn. My sincere condolences to Brenda and the family.
Ann Wynn Lee says
NO SISTER COULD HAVE A SWEETER, AND MORE CARING BROTHER. – I AM SO THANBKFUL FOR THE MANY PHONE CHATS
WE HAD OVER THE PAST YEAR, AS HIS HEALTH WAS BEGINNING TO FAIL HIM. HE NEVER COMPLAINED ABOUT ANYTHING
AND ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT HOW FORTUNATE HE WAS TO HAVE HIS SWEET WIFE, MONA, AND OF COURSE THEIR
DAUGHTER, BRENDA AND HER BEAUTIFUL FAMILY HE WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS GRANDSON,. ,MATTHEW, WHO HAS
WORKED SO HARD IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND HIS EDUCATION. WE LOVED TO SEE WHO COULD REMEMBER THE
MOST ABOUT OUR SCHPP; SAUS AND MANY FRIENDS. I WILL FOREVER MISS MY SWEET BROTHER, ED.