HAMPTON, VA. - Edwin "Ed" Carleton Gwaltney, 87, passed away on October 11, 2016. He was born in Newport News, Va., on January 10, 1929. He attended school in Newport News and was a 1947 graduate of Newport News High School. Growing up in East End, he was a newspaper carrier and was in the Boy Scouts. Ed was a timekeeper for the C&O Railroad before he started a long career in building materials sales. He worked for several firms including Benson & Phillips, Ranhorne & Granger, Nice Brothers, Mr. HOW Warehouse before landing at Lowes Contractor Sales. In retirement he worked part time for Newport News Waterworks. He was a Life Member of the Wythe Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad. He held several offices in the Fire Company including President, Vice President and Secretary. He served as President of the Firefighters Association of Tidewater. He also served as President of the Virginia State Firefighters Association from 1983-1985. He was a diehard Redskins fan, NASCAR fan and for many years, he could be found every Saturday night in the pits at Langley Speedway. Ed was preceded in death by his parents Winfield Scott & Margaret Wood Gwaltney; brother, Charles Gwaltney; sister, Kathleen Frost; daughter, Brenda Kennington; and grandson, David Scott Gwaltney. He is survived by sons, Larry Gwaltney (Carol), Doug Gwaltney (Vivian); grandchildren, Trisha (Jason), Steven, Brandon, Christopher and Shannon; along with great grandchildren, nieces, nephews. The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service celebrating Ed's life will follow at 1 p.m. at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Brian Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
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