Donald Reed Edens

10 July, 194118 February, 2021

Donald Reed Edens passed away on February 18, 2021. Don was born on July 10, 1941 in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late Johnnie and Ruth Edens. Don married Eunice Thompson and they shared 28 years of marriage prior to her passing on January 21, 1989. He is survived by four daughters Debbie (Rupert) Alvarez, Donna Gallifant, Pam (Isaac) Rascon & Christine (Weston) Rogers, nine grandchildren Tara Alvarez, Caleb Gallifant, Rupert Alvarez, III, Sarah Gallifant, Elias Rascon, Corey Vegas, Jacob Rascon, Amanda Rascon & Bodhi Rogers and nine great grandchildren Ellie Alvarez, Rupert Alvarez IV, Rocky Alvarez, Bruno Alvarez, William Gallifant, Julia Gallifant, Addie Gallifant, Harmony Rascon and Josiah Zugg-Rascon. In addition, to his parents and wife, Don was preceded in death by his three siblings Johnnie Edens, Charles Edens & Virginia Brown.

Heaven welcomed our Daddy home this past Thursday night. We miss him more than words, but we are at peace knowing he is no longer in pain and is reunited with his loved ones who have passed before him. Don Edens, better known as “Coach”, was an educator and coach for over 35 years in the Cartwright School District. He collected over 300 trophies throughout his lifetime as a reminder of his and his daughter’s accomplishments. He cherished his daughters dearly and proudly shared our childhood victories until his very last days on Earth. Dad taught us the meaning of hard work, built our confidence through positive experiences, and taught us how to find the silly in the serious - a trait he is well known for. This man had a way with people. He made you feel like a million bucks, even on your worst day. He was not a man of profound words, but he knew how to show up and that was always more than enough. The impact he has had on his students, athletes, colleagues, family, friends and daughters is one that will last a lifetime. His legacy lives on in us and our children. See you later, alligator.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the (Holiday Park Elementary School, PE Department, in the Cartwright Elementary School District).

Don was laid to rest in late February. His family and friends will be gathering on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9AM in Resthaven Park Cemetery, at his grave which is north of funeral home at the top of the cemetery, to reminisce and share memories.


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Valerie Talavera

9 March 2021

Coach Edens was one of my favorite people at Holiday Park school when I was a student there. I am now 35 years old and I still remember him as if it were yesterday. Always out there with us cheering us on, always so fit always telling us to go long go hard you can do it, you got this! He was the most sweetest man, and he will forever be missed. You made a difference in my life coach, Thank you for pushing me , and never allowing me to give up!
Love ,
Your student

Denise Ferrante

9 March 2021

I am deeply saddened to hear this. I attended Holiday Park from 2nd-6th grade. Coach was always helping me to make that run though my pain.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time.
May he Rest In Peace and the game go on always!
See you later Alligator! :-)

Lisa Deist

9 March 2021

He was such a wonderful coach! I went to Holiday Park from Kindergarten to 6th grade, he was my coach all those years. Always encouraging, fun, funny, kind, caring. Thank you for sharing your father and grandpa. He was a part of my childhood that I can look back a smile on.

Butch Edens

5 March 2021

I remember back in the day when uncle Donald would come visit. He always wanted to go hit some balls it was a lot of fun doing that with him .He always had good stories to tell me about my daddy Charlie. Thank you uncle Donald for the times we had they were fun going to miss you!

Carmella Moy

28 February 2021

We met in 2009 doing our daily walks in our neighborhood park. I was getting started into a new routine of daily walking when our paths crossed. Ever since, on God's green earth we walked together for over 10 years. A southern gentleman from Wilmington, NC and this midwest woman from Chicago, Illinois. I thank the Lord for bringing Don Edens into my life...Don you will always walk in my heart.

Peggy Canady

26 February 2021

As newlyweds Don and Sissy’s first apartment was right in the heart of Wrightsville Beach. I was in Junior High School and loved hanging out with them. Don was so much fun and always invited me to come stay with them on the weekends. He loved that I was athletic and was always trying to get a family game of softball together with me and my brothers. Actually any kind of sport was fun to him and his enthusiasm delighted us all. Those were fun times and I’ll always cherish them.

Anne Brown Wessell

22 February 2021

There’s not enough room to write my memories of Uncle Don. He was bigger than life! His huge laugh was contagious. He taught me how to play ball and now when I play ball with my Grandkids, I always think of him! When we went to Wilmington to visit, he’d always take off and play with us! My love and undying prayers go out to Debbie, Donna, Pam and Christine and all of his grandchildren ! He will never be forgotten❤️💔

Sally Domingue

22 February 2021

My favorite memories of Uncle Donald will always include humor & sports. He loved to get us outside to race each other or play ball. He was always so present & happy. I loved watching him get Granddaddy or Eunice to laugh with an old story or silly joke. I guess what I remember the most is the love he had for his family. Every memory I will cherish forever 💕
Love always,

larry edens

22 February 2021

My memories of Don Edens are some of the greatest moments of my life. The memories will always be with me. Don was a super athlete with outstanding competitive approach. He would give you the total package of his ability and determination . Don loved the game of Baseball and played with great attitude. I always enjoyed playing sports with him. Don was more like a brother than a uncle. Don loved his family. I will miss him but never forget him.

Rick Edens

21 February 2021

My Uncle Donald was a role model , a friend and one of the best athlete’s I have ever been around . A true competitor but a man of principle and compassion !
I use to meet him at a playground in our hometown to play basketball on Sunday nights. I so looked forward to the time being with him and watching him bring joy to any game he played !
I am very fortunate to have played baseball with him along with my brother on the same team - memories I will never forget as we had so much fun and ...we won every game we played !
But then ; that was the Edens Way and Donald personified the gift of winning !
I will never forget my Uncle and will miss him dearly !

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