Edwin Grant “Ed” Saye

September 20, 1945September 26, 2020

Edwin Grant “Ed” Saye, 75, of Gainesville, passed away September 26, 2020 following a short illness.

Ed was born September 20, 1945 in Athens. He was the son of the late Ralph Milton Saye and Belle Barrett Saye.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by, his siblings, Ralph Milton Saye, Jr., Carolyn Saye Nelson, Harry Wendell Saye and Hugh Donald Saye.

Ed had a passion for singing. He sang with the Jesters and Genteels for 50 years. Later in life his true calling was to minister to people through gospel music. He attended Freedom Tabernacle in Cumming and worked for Kraft Foods for 17 years. Ed spent many years ministering to people at the Good News at Noon in Gainesville.

Survivors include his wife, Frederica “Freddie” Saye; daughter, Libby Renee Saye McFry (Kevin); son, Robert Edwin “Bobby” Saye; two sisters, Naomi Saye Wolfe and Bess Schillinger; five grandchildren, Christian Douglass Saye, Beau Ryland West, James Dalton Saye, Drew Channing West and Conner Ryland Castleberry Saye.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Sunday, October 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at VFW Post 2872, 835 Sunset Drive in Athens.

Due to the social distancing requirements the service will be held outdoors. Please bring your own lawn chair.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  • A Celebration of Ed’s Life

    Sunday, October 18, 2020


Edwin Grant “Ed” Saye

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Elaine & Marcus Stancil

October 21, 2020

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Ed. He was a true blessing to many. You have our sincere condolences, and we will keep you close in our thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks. ...
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you should need anything.

God's Blessings,
Marcus & Elaine

douglas huff

October 14, 2020

Good memories from Child St School, Athens High School
and Charlie Williams
Got notice of Henry Keller passing last week , and combined with
Ed passing, I'm in a blue funk
Reminding myself of the good times helps a lot
God speed to all

Doug Huff
Cumming, Ga

Rita Tweedell

October 11, 2020

If you knew Ed you knew love. He had a way of making everyone feel that they were important and they mattered. God created everyone equal and Ed did too. We all have a favorite story or tale to tell about our friend Ed. He lived a wonderful life here on earth and I know Heaven will be more “Heavenly “ now that Ed is there. Love and condolences to Freddie and family who will always be in my prayers.

Libby McFry

October 11, 2020

I just wanted to say thank you for all the memories that have been shared on this memory page for my daddy!!! He truly was one of a kind and he loved you all so much!!! It does my heart good reading these precious messages!!! Thank you all!!! Libby To my daddy, you were and always will be the man who won my heart from the beginning of my life!!! You were always on my side and would not let me stop when I did something!!! Thank you for believing in me!!! I just want you to know that you will always be my hero!! Thank you for teaching me how to love, treat people, and have the utmost respect for everyone!!! Thank you for your unconditional love to me, no matter what I did you and I would sit down and talk about things!!! You were never too busy for me and I really appreciate that daddy!!! I love you and I miss you!!! Until we meet again, your baby, Libby Lou

Weymanda Sellers Casper

October 7, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Ed’s precious family! Ed was a special friend to ALL my family for many years! Wayne and he have enjoyed talking together over the last year. God bless u all. Love, Wey Sellers Casper and family

Bobby Smith

October 7, 2020

Ed was such a remarkable friend, he made an indescribable impact on my life!!!
I love him dearly and I miss him already! See ya soon ole friend!!

Delores Wages

October 3, 2020

Henry and I camped with Ed at Clarks Hill and many camp grounds back in the late sixties, he was great fun and always took time with the kids. I met him again not so long ago and he gave me one of his Gospel tapes. So sad to hear about his passing, Heaven has another beautiful singing voice. Mrs. Henry (Delores) Wages

Gilbert Milner

October 3, 2020

Ed Saye brought so many of those
who grew up in Athens and surrounding
counties together through his music
outreach and faith. He touched so many
people through the many kindnesses
he extended to those who were in need
of a little lift in life. He lived his life in the
way he practiced his faith always looking
out for ways to help others. Although we
mourn his passing we can be comforted
that we know he is surely in wonderful
place. He leaves a void in the lives of
family and friends but left us with and
example of how life should be lived. Ed
Saye will be truly missed. Gilbert

Delores White

October 3, 2020

Ed was a friend to everyone. Never met a stranger.
Prayers for his family for strength and comfort.

Howard Bradley

October 2, 2020

Ed was a kind neighbor for 40 years and I am so pleased to have known him. My parents Joye and Howard loved him and appreciated the many things he did for us - including sharing Kraft food samples which I always looked forward to when I came home from college.

Ed was a man of great faith and shared his recorded music with me. Ed has a special place in heaven !

May God bless Freddie and all the rest of his family. You will see Ed again !


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