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Originally published: 2013-12-31 08:42:17
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Edwin Baker Vosburgh Jr.

Edwin "Ed" B. Vosburgh Jr., 87, of Laurel Park Road, Blowing Rock, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 30, 2013, at his home.

He was born on April 14, 1926 in Utica, N. Y., son of the late Edwin Baker Vosburgh Sr. and Arlene Veghte Vosburgh. He spent his childhood in Lansing, Mich., Lancaster, Mass., and Chicago, Ill. In 1937, he and his family moved to Charlotte, where he resided until relocating to Blowing Rock in 1992. He attended Sharon High School in Charlotte, and Georgia Military Academy in College Park, Ga. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He was employed with his father in 1956 in the wholesale furniture industry, where he spent most of his career, becoming a well-regarded manufacturer's representative for Clayton Marcus Furniture Company of Hickory. For many years, he had the pleasure of presenting the "E.B. Vosburgh Sr. Outstanding Salesman of the Year Award," which was selected by the Southern Home Furnishing's Club, and awarded annually at the High Point Furniture Market. He was honored as the recipient of this award in 1980. In 1986, he was recognized as Salesman of the Year by Clayton Marcus Company, Inc. He was past president of the Virginia-Carolinas Wholesale Furniture Association, and a member of the International Home Furniture Representative Association. He traveled the Carolinas until his retirement in 1997.

He was a former member of Providence Baptist Church of Charlotte and Carmel Country Club of Charlotte, and an active member of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blowing Rock, where he served on several committees, and as trustee. He volunteered with Hospice of Watauga County, Boone, and was a member of the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock, where he was a board member and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the board of the Historical Society of Blowing Rock, served as a board member of the Blowing Rock Community Foundation, and was a member of the Blowing Rock Arts and History Museum. He had the esteemed honor of serving as president of the Blowing Rock Country Club from 1987 to 1989.

He will be remembered for his wry sense of humor and quick wit. He loved nothing more than telling a good joke to an appreciative audience. His greatest joys were his three daughters, seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and he appreciated a good game of golf, particularly with friends and family.

His dash will be remembered with memories of a man of great grace, quiet wisdom, gentle strength, resounding humor and joy, and a spirit of abiding gratitude. He often numbered and expressed his greatest blessings at family gatherings saying, "I've been blessed with a wonderful, wonderful family, three gorgeous daughters, three fine, fine sons-in-law, seven wonderful grandchildren, one great-grandson, and Tacky, who made it all possible. I am so blessed and grateful for this family and for our beautiful home."

He cherished an opportunity to sit and contemplate the marvel of the majestic views and sunsets afforded him from the windows and porch of his beloved Blowing Rock home. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and his sister Connie (Mrs. Ed Rich); and is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Tacky Smith) Vosburgh; sister, Marcia (Mrs. Tate) Bowers; three daughters, Vicki V. Worsham and her husband, Billy Worsham, Julia V. Vice and her husband, Dannie Vice, Martha V. Johnson and her husband, Tim Johnson; seven grandchildren, Graham Worsham, Eleanor Grace Worsham, Palmer Johnson, Tim Johnson, Nellie Page Johnson, Anna Beth Vice, Sara Kate Vice Jenkins her husband, Jake Jenkins; and one great-grandson, John Austin Jenkins.

The family received friends and family at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock, followed by a memorial service beginning at 3 p.m. Military honors, provided by American Legion Post 130, followed the memorial service. Friends were welcome to join the family in a celebration of Ed's life at the family home, following the service.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to MediHome Hospice of Watauga County, the Appalachian State University Belk Library, or Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blowing Rock.

Online condolences may be sent to the Vosburgh family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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