Ed Rufus Dale
May 1, 1941 – February 13, 2020
ED RUFUS DALE HICKORY- Ed Rufus Dale, 78 of Hickory went home to be with his Lord on February 13, 2020. Born in Marion, he was the son of the late Clark and Irene Dale. Ed grew up in Spruce Pine and attended Harris High. He married the love of his life, Ernestine in 1961. Ed came to Hickory in Nov. 1961 and worked for Hickory Springs until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of Highland Methodist Church and the Wesley Star Class where he was president a number of years. Ed liked to do woodwork, play croquet, bocce, bowling, cards, and dominos. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Dale. Survivors include his siblings, John Dale and wife Bette of Spruce Pine, Virginia Howard and husband Jim of Augusta, GA, Linda Tule and husband Lynn of Cincinnati, OH; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12 PM at Catawba Funeral Home with Pastor Roy Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:30 am -12 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Catawba County Association of the Blind INC, 480 17th Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601 or Highland United Methodist Church, 1020 12th Pl NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The Dale Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.
- John Dale (Bette), Brother
- Virginia Howard (Jim), Sister
- Linda Tule (Lynn), Sister
- Several nieces and nephews
Catawba County Association of the Blind INC
480 17th Ave NW, Hickory , NC 28601
Highland United Methodist Church
1020 12th Pl NE, Hickory, NC 28601
- Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
- A Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ed Rufus Dale
February 15, 2020
A memory: Ed and I had started playing cards together with the senior citizen's group. My husband worked late and Ed and I went to eat at the pizza buffet on 127. We were enjoying the meal when a couple came over to say hi to Ed. He did not introduce me to them for quite a while. Then he had to and he just used first names. Told me they went to his church but didn't tell them I was from the senior center. They went back to their seats he excused himself and went over to their table for just a halfminute. He came back with that guilty grin he had and told me he had asked them not to mention me to anyone else at church because I was a married woman. I'm smiling as I share this. Ed will be sorely missed.
February 14, 2020
I met Ed and Ernestine through my sister who lived in Hickory. I was saddened when Ernestine went to heaven and I will miss Ed. I did not get to see them often but loved playing cards with their group at the church. Ed always got my pecans for me through his class at church. I will miss Ed and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
February 13, 2020
Heaven gained an Angel that we got to know here on Earth. You will be missed.
Douglas and Sue Wiseman
February 13, 2020
Fond memories of the days around Dale Road.... May God bless us all.