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Edgar Columbus Cearley III

Edgar Columbus Cearley III

In loving memory of our dear classmate

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01/19/09 09:39 AM #1    

Stephen Ray Puckett

Former GM of KYKX Tyler-Longview dies

Edgar “Ed” Cearley III died of natural causes Aug. 25. He was 61. The University of Texas alumnus became general manager of KYKX Tyler-Longview in 1990.

He served as past chairman and board member of the Great Texas Balloon Race, director of the Longview PRCA Rodeo from 1990-1998 and board member of the Gladewater rodeo.

In 2000, Cearley became the president and CEO of WTOT/WJAQ Marianna, FL. He always planned on returning to Texas.

“He was a loyal person, always looking out for other people before he would do something for himself,” said his daughter Ginger. “The biggest thing people take away from him, in any giving setting, is how much he was happy to be in your presence, that you’ve enriched his life, whether it’s one interaction or a lifetime.”

Cearley is survived by his parents, Buster and Dot Cearley, his daughter, Ginger, and son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Elizabeth.,0,w

Added by his old friend in fond memory, Steve Puckett

02/02/09 07:00 PM #2    

Janne Semeyn (Boone)

Ed was always so friendly to everyone, and had a great smile on his face all the time. He is greatly missed.

02/11/09 08:58 PM #3    

Anita Marbury (Marbury)

It is difficult for me to think of life without Ed. Ed always cracked me up before I really understood personal humor.

One of the sayings that I hear in my head from Ed was
" Keep your belly button clean"

What a guy. I was lucky to know him and he sure made me laugh.

04/06/09 04:50 PM #4    

Joanna Hinton (Garrett)

If anyone remembered one of our reunions, Ed was more or less our MC. He was so entertaining and when Wayne Hollis and his biker girlfriend came in wearing all black leather - Ed picked on Wayne. And then, I remember his statement about Dr. Stan Shoemaker having an exam table in the back of the room if any of the girls were needing a check up. The laughter was what Ed always tried to get from all of us. He was totally successful in everything he touched. I dearly loved him in taking someone who was down and out and turning them around to laugh. It would be a better world if he was still with us.

05/01/09 01:23 AM #5    

Peggy Lee Pratt (Ervin)

I'll never forget Ed. From kindergarten thru high school, he was ALWAYS one of the most kind, nice and funny guys I ever knew. To this day if I think of him,I see his big friendly grin.
He could always make you feel good about yourself.
He will be missed.

11/04/09 11:35 PM #6    

Lynda Johnson (Warren)

It has been hard for me to write this about Ed. We were great friends and were emailing back and forth before his death. In high school Ed always joked about being President of The United States someday. We all suffered a loss when Ed left us so early! I will miss him! His parents are still living in Longview, Tx. They lost both of their sons way too early in life. If anyone lives nearby Longview, I know Mr and Mrs Cearley would love to hear from you. Ed called them everyday; they knew something was wrong when he didn't call them over the weekend. I still can't believe it! Ed loved his children so much, and bragged on them. He missed getting to be a grandfather by a few months! Such a loss! I will always fondly remember Ed!!
Lynda Johnson Warren

03/23/10 10:41 AM #7    

Carolyn Johnson (Blake)

I am still in shock reading this news! I remember our times in orchestra and band, and seeing him as friends after graduation. Just so hard to believe.

02/08/11 01:51 PM #8    

William Terry Robertson

Wow, it's taken me a long time to be able to write something on Ed's page. Of course, he, Stan Shoemaker and I were best of friends forEVER! We didn't talk a lot over the last years but when we did, it was like time had never passed. I can't recount all the times we had together other than to say I miss him so much...I still have his cell number in my phone...I know I'll see him again some day and that's a great help. Love your friends and your family with all your might!

08/07/16 12:40 PM #9    

Stephen Ray Puckett

Another obit:

EDGAR "ED" COLUMBUS CEARLEY III went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 22, 2008 in Marianna, Florida. Born August 3, 1947 in Houston, TX, Ed graduated in 1965 from Waltrip High School. He attended Southwestern University where he was a Phi Delta Theta, and in 1969, he graduated from the University of Texas. Ed's career was in radio sales, marketing and management. He spent many happy years at KILT FM/AM in Houston before moving to Longview where he was GM of KYKX. At the time of his death, he was President and GM of a group of stations including WJAQ in Marianna, Florida. Ed was passionate about his Texas Longhorns and attended National Football Championships of 1969, 1970 and 2005. But even the Longhorns took second place to the love he felt for family and friends. His children, parents, brother and large circle of friends always knew they could count on him for love, support and laughter. Ed was a York Rite Mason. He is preceded in death by his brother, Steve Cearley. He is survived by his parents, Dot & Buster Cearley of Longview, daughter Ginger Cearley and son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Elizabeth Cearley, all of Houston. He was looking forward to the birth of his grandson in January. Memorial services will be at First United Methodist Church of Longview, Thursday August 28, 2008 at 2:00PM. Memorials may be sent to the.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 27, 2008

02/14/17 10:59 PM #10    

Carrol Johnson

Edgar Columbus Cearley, III

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