OBITUARY

Edwin Ed Taylor Magee

March 27, 1954March 31, 2021
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Ed Magee, age 67, a lifelong resident of and entrepreneur in El Dorado, AR passed away peacefully on March, 31, 2021. Ed was born March 27, 1954 to E.H. "Buddy" and Lee Taylor Magee. Ed is survived by his wife, Karen Peek Magee, his son Taylor Magee and wife Kerri Hughes of Fort Smith. His daughter, Leslie Magee Duffield and her husband Blake Duffield of Conway, four grandchildren, Colette and Draper Magee and Amelia and Garret Duffield. He is also survived by his brother Don Magee and wife Diane along with a loving extended family and dear friends. A devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, Ed always lavished praise on his family and spoke eagerly about them to anyone willing to hear, especially when it came to is grandchildren whom he adored. Ed was an active member of First Baptist Church in El Dorado, where he enjoyed playing the drums in the praise band. A life-long musician, Ed was equally at home tapping out a rhythm or smashing his specialty, Born to Be Wild! He found joy in traveling with his family and friends. Ed took many trips to New York City for pleasure and mission work, as well. Many of his most treasured memories were of family trips to Orange Beach. Ever the servant, Ed made sure to bring an abundance of sand toys and water balloons for vacationing children to enjoy. He was renowned for his sandcastles. During the stormy season, Ed always kept an eye on the weather, local and otherwise. He enjoyed storm-chasing and would often be captivated watching thunderstorms roll in from his patio. Ed had an outgoing personality and loved making people feel special, and he was an eternal jokester, which always charmed his grandchildren. He would delight in making children smile on his daily walks with his beloved four-legged companions. He also spent many hours working with the youth of El Dorado as a soccer coach for the Boys and Girls Club and El Dorado High School. Ed was often a fixture on the soccer fields refereeing numerous tournaments and games throughout the region. His impact on this community will last for generations. He was blessed to have many great companions with whom he shared long talks, golf outings, and coffee-shop devotionals. Above all, Ed devoted his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In both conversation and through the very way he lived his life he demonstrated no greater aim than to share the love of our Heavenly Father with others. There will be a memorial service for Ed Magee at First Baptist Church of El Dorado on April 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., with a private burial under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Social distancing will be practiced and face masks will be required. For those that cannot attend, a live stream will be available on the First Baptist Church of El Dorado's YouTube channel. Honorary Pallbearers include: Gary Bevill, Tony Forbes, David Greer, Mike Horne, Jamie Powell, David Prothro, Steve Rogers, Jay Stouppe, and Randy Thompson. In lieu of flowers, Ed’s family wants to honor his request that toys be brought to First Baptist Church in El Dorado to be donated to local children, or that memorials be made to the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado or First Baptist Church Music Ministry. Condolences may be made online at www.youngsfuneralhome.com

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Lacy Sellars

April 9, 2021

Karen,

Darlene and I send you our love and prayers at this difficult time. You and Ed were such special friends the two years we lived in El Dorado and we enjoyed all the laughter we shared together. Ed was a true man of faith who lived God's joy in all he did. His smile and humor will always be in my memory. God bless you and your very special family!

Lacy and Darlene

Arthur Wade Parker

April 9, 2021

Karen & family,

Ed will truly be missed. He was the epitome of optimism and I had the pleasure of being in his company to referee many soccer games. May God comfort you like no other during this time.

Wade & Kathi Parker

Rachel Adams

April 8, 2021

Ed was such a great man. I have many fond memories of his jovial spirit at family reunions and other gatherings over the years. I’m sending my love to you all.
Love, Rachel Adams

Kathy Johnson

April 8, 2021

Karen and Family,
Billy and I are so sorry for your loss. Ed will be missed by all, he was a good person and loved life to the fullest. Heaven gained an angel. Just know our prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless

Billy and Kathy Johnson

Lucy Arnold

April 6, 2021

Karen and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Ed was a wonderful guy. May God, who understands your sorrow, bless and comfort you now and throughout the days ahead.
Lucy Arnold

Sid and Lynn Campbell

April 6, 2021

Lots of great memories come to mind when thinking of Ed. God gained a great angel and we lost a great guy and friend. You will be missed by all those close to you and also to those that you touched in your life.

Rick Brown

April 5, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Great memories of Ed and I officiating soccer matches at the Boys and Girls club and for the high school for so many years. Was honored to be able to help him coach the high school girls team. A great guy. He will really be missed. Praying for your family

Gary Wagnon

April 5, 2021

Goodbye Old Friend,
Our friendship started in 1st grade at Yocum and carried on throughout the years that followed. I have so many memories of playing in the neighborhood - championship wrestling in your back yard, climbing the "gum ball" tree in my front yard, riding bikes through the Arboretum. On to Barton where we were both drummers (you far better than me). Remember the immortal words of Bill Craig, "Drummers, Quiet".

After college, we both ended up back in El Do - you at First National, me at Garretts. In fact, you and Karen were the 1st people Nancy met when we got back since we lived across the street (remember the lion in the back yard).

During my year as Jaycee President, I nominated you and had the pleasure of awarding you El Do Man of the Year. You in turn drafted me to head up the 4th of July festivities.

As our kids got older, we were fortunate to have you as Allen's soccer coach and Karen as Lauren's campfire leader.

The years passed, we moved to Tucson and our visits back home grew fewer and fewer. But the times we were back and our paths crossed (often at the Spudnut Shop), it was always with that unforgettable "Ed" smile and questions about how the family was. And it didn't take much prodding to get you talking about your kids and grandkids.

Ed, I hope that there are a dozen or so people that can take up where you left off, because I 'm sure it will take that many. I know Karen, Taylor, Leslie and the grand kids are missing you every day but I know that heaven's gained another saint. I'm blessed for having known you and called you my friend.

Mona Yaney White

April 5, 2021

Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Ed was a great guy. May your memories comfort you.

Praying for you and yours.

Mona Yaney White

Nelson Post

April 5, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Ed for many years and he was always a great guy to be around. Witty, upbeat, outgoing, you couldn’t be around Ed for long before he had you smiling. He will be missed by many. Prayers lifted for his family.

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