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Clyde L. Edgison Sr.-US Navy-AN-Vietnam Era Veteran

Clyde L. Edgison Sr., better known as “Tom”, 82, of Oldsmar, Florida passed away at the Hospice Brookside, Palm Harbor, Florida of natural causes on June 26, 2021. He was born of July 20, 1938 in Kannapolis, North Carolina to Roy and Viola (Krimminger) Edgison and was of the Baptist faith.  He was in the US Navy at the beginning of the Vietnam War serving as a aircraft mechanic on the USS Antietam (CVS-36). The USS Antietam was stationed at Pensacola, Florida and after his honorable discharge, he returned to his native Kannapolis and became a welder in the construction field.  Clyde was a fun loving person and known as a practical jokester to all of his family and friends.  When you visited Clyde at his home, he charged 25 cents (a quarter) to visit his home, use the bathroom, have a cup of coffee or to talk with him.   His favorite saying was “Will cost you a quarter, pay a quarter. Please leave it in my cup”.

He leaves behind his friends and family with numerous and precious memories.  His loving family is his wife, Jean Edgison of Oldsmar, Florida: his beloved children; Clyde L. Edgison Jr. of Palm Harbor, Florida; Terina Barger and her husband, Chad of Salisbury, North Carolina; Brian Stepp and his wife, Lee of Fox Island, Washington; Michelle McDaniel and her husband, Mark of Salisbury, North Carolina;  Teresa Cress and husband, Kim of Salisbury, North Carolina; Kristen Dunleavy of Hudson, Massachusetts, grandchildren: Brittany, Brandon, Mason, Micah, Braden, Tanner, Lauren, Kannon; great-grandchildren Raina, Raelyn, River and a host of family and friends.

The family will receive friends and family at Veterans Funeral Care, 830 North Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida 33765 on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 9:30 am until 10:30 AM.  A funeral service will begin in the Chapel at 10:30 AM with Chaplain Garth to officiate. Full military honors will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday afternoon, July 8, 2021 Florida National Cemetery, 9202 SW  102 Avenue, Bushnell, Florida with the US Navy and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guards providing honors to a beloved war hero.

Clyde will have a sign posted at the guest book in the funeral home that will read:  “To look at me in my last days on earth—It will cost you a quarter.  Please leave it in my cup.”

The family request, that in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to the “Fisher House”, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines, Florida 33744 in the Loving Memory of Clyde L. Edgison, Sr.  The Fisher House is a place for family members to stay at Bay Pines VAMC who are there visiting their loved one at no cost to the family.




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  • Laurie Spors says:

    Although I won’t have as much money as I would have had in retirement due to the many quarters spent at Tom’s home, I will cherish each memory from the purchase! Prayers as you celebrate his life! It was a life well lived filled with the love of God living the fruits of the Spirit; Love, Joy, peace, Patience, Gentleness, Kindness and Self Control. I will truly miss him. With Love, Laurie

  • Mickey Stewart says:

    Sorry I couldn’t be there but I have my quarter ready I will miss him saying he will slap me because we joked alot living across the street it was easy to go a harass Him will miss him

  • Shelly Moore Belt says:

    Tom sure was a character! He was so kind and so funny. Even though I only knew him for a short time, it felt like many years. He treated my aunt Jean like a Queen. I am praying for their family every day. Much love to you all. Shelly Moore Belt

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