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Edison W. Midgett

Posted By obits On July 9, 2020 @ 4:45 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 32 Comments

Edison Wilton Midgett was born on Wednesday, August 11, 1926, in Buxton, NC to the late Thomas Browning Midgett and Louria Dailey Midgett both of Buxton.  He went home to Glory on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at his home in Manteo, NC surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Reda Perry Midgett, a brother, Melvin Midgett (Evelyn), a sister, Arretta Midgett O’Neal (Sheldon), a sister-in-law, Leola Perry Toler (Sidney), and brothers-in-law, Norman Perry and Paul Pruitt Jr.

He is survived by his five children: Annette Scarborough (Ricky Sr.), Ramona Wescott (Stuart), Gary Midgett (Jeanie), Amy Gamiel (Bobby), and Kenny Midgett (Sandy).  He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Ricky Jr., Neil, and Heath Scarborough; Jamie and Kevin Wescott and Anastasia Wescott Smith; Dailey Rollinson and Parker Midgett; Kassie Mount, Kait Daniels, and Reed Midgett; as well as sixteen great-grandchildren.

He leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Doris Perry Pruitt and Melba Scarborough Perry, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He attended grade school on Hatteras Island. Before leaving the island, he went to Philadelphia and worked on a sea-going Hopper Dredge. The company was dredging the harbor to get battleships out of the Delaware River. In 1940, he moved to Manteo to continue his education. During this time, he took a job with the Times Printing Company and upon his departure was described as about as promising a printer’s apprentice as ever worked in the print shop. While working he attended Manteo High School and was voted most handsome, best dressed, and most talkative boy of his senior class of 1943.

Edison served with the Merchant Marines delivering supplies across the ocean where the United States was fighting in World War II. He then enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Capt. Benjamin Baxter Dailey, who was the first man in the Coast Guard to be awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal.  In 1954, Midgett directed the rescue of the passengers on the Honduran Freighter, Omar Babum.  This event was the last to utilize the breeches buoy method of rescue.  He retired from the USCG in 1968 as a Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate. In 2017, Midgett was honored to be the Long Glass Presenter at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USCG Cutter Benjamin Dailey. It was there that Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate, Retired Edison Midgett was recognized for his military service and was awarded the Admiral’s Award of Excellence.

At the age of 12, while living in Buxton, Edison professed his faith in Jesus Christ.  He became a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in 1943 where he served on all committees, taught Sunday School classes, filled the pulpit as a Certified Lay Speaker and Lay Leader, as well as supported the children and youth groups as a counselor.  He was a leader in the Gideons International and faithfully ministered in the jail by leading a bible study and praying with them and for their families for over 30 years. In his 93+ years, he has lived as an honest man of integrity and has demonstrated what it means to love your family, serve your country and community, and to walk humbly with your God. The Town of Manteo recognized him as the 2019 Citizen of the Year.

A funeral will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church with Rev. Matt Seals and Rev. Kenny Midgett officiating. Viewing will begin at 2:00 pm. Private burial will take place at Austin Cemetery, Kitty Hawk.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church (PO Box 787, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.mountolivetumc.org) or the Gideons International (PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214 or online at www.gideons.org).

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Beth Ownley Cooper on July 9th, 2020 5:03 pm

Growing up in Mount Olivet, I was always impressed by Edison and Reda Midgett’s commitment to their family, their church and especially to the Lord. I pray God’s peace and comfort upon you as you remember your precious father. He has left you a wonderful legacy of Christian faith and honor.

Condolence from Lois Meekins on July 9th, 2020 5:43 pm

Amy , My heart is sadden by your loss. Your father was a wonderful man. Love and prayers to all the family.


Condolence from Mary Jolliff Moore on July 9th, 2020 7:39 pm

Edison and Reda were such a friendly, faithful, fine couple, who raised some young’uns in the same vein. What a wonderful record, working for our Lord in one way or another, all their lives! Girls and boys (that’s what y’all are to me, with much love), you were raised by the best! I think I had some contact with each of you at some time during your school years. Most notably, Amy, the quiet one. I enjoyed the contacts, whatever, whenever. I pray our Lord will keep y’all in His loving arms, and that you’ll continue to keep up the good work for Him that your parents did. Love, and loads of it, Mary

Condolence from Jay Cudworth on July 10th, 2020 6:56 am

How honored !The meekness the testimony the God Fearing life that Mr .Edison has allowed this county and island to witness to me is unmatched.Thank you Midgett family for sharing such a precious jewel of a man with all that had the honor to know him.With love Jay Cudworth

Condolence from Dale Wescott on July 10th, 2020 7:03 am

Edison was a precious man of God. It was him that I went to to ask that he talk to my Daddy about salvation because I knew Daddy greatly respected him. When I approached him saying that I had a request for him to pray about, as soon as the request was out of my mouth he immediately said, “Well I don’t have to pray about that!” and we arranged a time. I love him dearly. He now has his long deserved rest.

Condolence from Patricia Dailey Rosen on July 10th, 2020 7:30 am

I am so deeply saddened by your loss. Cousin Edison was one of the finest men I have ever known and he wilk be greatly missed. My father, Louria Dailey Midgett’s cousin J. Benjamin Dailey Jr. , always expressed his love and respect for him. Edison touched the lives of so many and will ever remain in my heart.

Condolence from Roxanne Jackson on July 10th, 2020 7:41 am

A great and humble man has joined his wife and His Lord that he showed in his everyday walk ! Mr Edison was a special man that showed his love with a smile a Hello or just his presence ! Too the family you where all so blessed by having a God fearing man that showed his love for each of you in so many ways ! May you rest in the love he shared with each of you .

Condolence from Kay Midgett Sheppard on July 10th, 2020 9:46 am

Amy, I never got the pleasure of meeting your mother and father but I did get to meet you several times on my trips to Dare County and I know the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious father, a God-fearing father who raised a wonderful daughter that I’m proud to call my friend. The Sheppard family will be praying for your family in the days to come.

Love to you and your siblings,
Kay Lynn

Condolence from Karen L Walker on July 10th, 2020 9:58 am

Jeanie,girls ,Gary and all family. Caring thoughts for surely each of you live by example you’ve experienced from Godly heritage, kind , gracious and touching many others. Mr. Edison was a light always to all he encountered on his journey. So are each of you! He is strolling all over heaven with beautiful Ms . Reda! I only imagine Lords greeting, well done, my good and faithful servant!

Condolence from Pamela Sawey on July 10th, 2020 10:39 am

I did not know Edison very well but the few times we were together were wonderful. He led such a full life. He is someone the whole family can be proud of. Deepest condolences.

Condolence from Lynda F. Midgett on July 10th, 2020 12:19 pm

When I heard of Edison’s passing, I thought about the song “What a Day That Will Be When My Reda I Shall See” and I know she was waiting for him at those golden gates. Pass the memories around and he will live forever.
Love y’all,
Lynda F. Midgett

Condolence from Ann Willis Taylor on July 10th, 2020 12:36 pm


My deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. May you find comfort in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. May your cherished memories help you in the days ahead.

Condolence from Lynette Crews on July 10th, 2020 2:13 pm

While heaven celebrates, there is a huge void here on Roanoke Island. I would love to be witness to the unending line of individuals who could step forward, testifying to the wisdom and love of GOD shared with them by Mr. Edison. He loved the LORD, loved family, and cared deeply for others. He set the bar high and his family knows beyond a shadow of a doubt what they can do to honor him best—continue walking in the ways of GOD. Prayers continue for each family member in the coming days.

Condolence from Lloyd & Deloras Meads on July 10th, 2020 5:03 pm

Lloyd & I are saddened to hear of the passing of your dad. We know he is rejoicing at being in the presence of his Lord & Savior! We are lifting you & your family up in prayer. ❤

Condolence from Shelton Ott on July 10th, 2020 6:11 pm

To the Family Of Mr.Edison Midgett,
I can only say I knew of him from church at Mt. Olivet. I loved this man and I love the family. He will be dearly missed on that old favorite pew that the whole family shared.

Condolence from Marsha M. Brown on July 10th, 2020 10:27 pm

To Annette, my maid of honor & dear old friend, I’m blessed having known Ms. Reda & Mr. Edison. They were a precious loving couple, outstanding parents & truly devoted Christians who inspired many. Your sweet Daddy & Ms. Reda too will be missed by all but just imagine how happy they must be together again with Jesus & each other…forever! God bless you & your whole family. Love you.❤️

Condolence from Ruth Dalton on July 10th, 2020 11:25 pm

So very sorry for your loss. What a great man in every way. His example reminds me of the words to a song from several years ago, “May the footprints that I leave lead them to believe, and may all who come behind me find me faithful.” Found…faithful.
Thoughts and prayers,

Condolence from Linda & George Pearce, Manteo, NC on July 11th, 2020 12:32 am

Sending our sympathy to his loving family and many friends. Such a good and respected man. With his passing I thought of that old saying “they don’t make’em like that anymore.” But in the case of Mr. Edison and Mrs. Reda that’s not quite true. There’s another generation of good folks because of them. Those children and their offspring will remember Mr. and Mrs. Midgett and continue to honor them. A living legacy.

Condolence from Eddie Twyne on July 11th, 2020 7:57 am

Mr. Edison was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. He was a true gentleman, humble and kind. He genuinely cared about helping people and more importantly helping them find Jesus. He made an impact on this community and so many lives of people whom he met and befriended. His legacy is his family that will carry on his lessons on life and church. Our community lost a good one and his leadership will be missed.

Condolence from Sunny and Deanna Briggs on July 11th, 2020 7:59 am

May God hold this family close during this time. Mr. Edison was very devoted to his God! You can see that in his children lives passed on to his grandchildren. Such a blessing to many other’s in Dare County and the work he did with the Bibles he passed on so proudly to other’s. Hold close to all your precious memories of your Dad and Mama for they will bring joy to you till you meet again! Love and Prayer’s.

Condolence from LEONARD FRANCIS JR on July 11th, 2020 2:10 pm


Condolence from GWEN H BRAY on July 11th, 2020 3:36 pm

Ramona, sending love to you and all your family.

Condolence from April Sawyer Coneys on July 11th, 2020 7:44 pm

Growing up in Mount Olivet provided me with many great role models and Mr. Edison was one of the best! He was always so kind and such an example of living his faith in God! I was blessed to know him and will miss his smiling face on my visits back to Mount Olivet. His legacy will live on through you all and the countless lives he touched! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Joe love on July 11th, 2020 8:21 pm

To all the family may our Lord be with you all at this time and always

Condolence from Sybil on July 11th, 2020 11:34 pm

Dear. Ones Of Edison, your grief will be intense but with grief you have sweet memories. Those will sometimes find you smiling through tears. He and I were young together. Hatteras and Buxton were farther apart than now. Even then he was talkative and cheerful. Oh, think of his rewards and rejoice!
With you in the surrounding love of Our Father,
Sybil Austin Skakle

Condolence from Stephanie Swain on July 12th, 2020 8:13 am

Sending prayers of comfort to you and your family, my god grant you peace.

Condolence from Kurt Dailey on July 12th, 2020 8:40 am

Edison was as fine a man as has I have ever known. Go bles the entire family.

Condolence from Terry Waterfield on July 12th, 2020 10:20 am

What a man. he was a legend in the Coast Guard. During my time in Coast Guard I heard many stores about him
( All Great things he did.

Condolence from Rad tillett on July 12th, 2020 1:15 pm

Our deepest sympathy in your great loss

Condolence from Jep and Carol Adams on July 12th, 2020 4:47 pm

What a beautiful service today for Mr. Edison. He lived his life honoring his commitment to God, thereby blessing many other people with whom he came in contact. He inspired others to be soft-spoken, yet bold in their faith, and to stand up for their belief. “Go and make disciples of men” was a scripture he lived.
Jep: Edison and Paul guided and encouraged me in the Gideon ministry, which became one of the most important things in my life.
Carol: As I told Ramona the afternoon Edison passed away, his family will greatly miss his guidance and the love he always showed them, but the angels are surely rejoicing in heaven to welcome him.

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on July 12th, 2020 5:14 pm

To all of Mr. Edison’s family — It was a privilege to know Mr. Edison, and we have many memories of his kindness at Mt. Olivet and to all throughout his community. Sincere sympathies to each of you in your great loss.

Condolence from Larry & Maxine Thomasson on July 19th, 2020 10:14 pm

Maxine and I extend our sincere condolences to Edison’s extensive, impressive family that numbered some forty, when they all got together to enjoy Mrs. Reda’s cooking, especially her desserts. I understand he was ready to join her in heaven as the end neared and be welcomed into the arms of Jesus. He and Paul Midgett were instrumental in getting me to join The Gideons many years ago and together we placed many a Gideons Bible in motel/hotel rooms up and down the beach. His wisdom, wise counsel and contributions to the community were most helpful in whatever challenges or problems might have been facing the church at any given time. He will be sorely missed. Blessings to all who knew this humble servant.

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