Ed Samsel

May 29, 1947August 21, 2013

Ed Samsel, 66, husband of Janet Jorges, has "Gone to Glory" and met his Savior face to face on August 21, 2013. Ed was born in Morristown, Tennessee and was raised in nearby Bean Station, Tennessee. He was a graduate of Rutledge High School in Grainger County, TN and received his B.S. degree in finance from ETSU in Johnson City, Tennessee. Ed moved to the Knoxville area and had a 40 year career in the banking industry including executive positions at First Tennessee Bank, Sun Trust Bank and ORNL Federal Credit Union from which he retired in 2008. After retirement, Ed earned his commercial Realtor's license and worked in commercial Real Estate development and financing. Ed enjoyed baseball and was the pitcher for several men's teams in Knoxville. He was an avid VOLS fan! He was a member of Rotary International Farragut Chapter and also served 13 years in the Army National Guard of Tennessee. In 2012, Ed moved to Chattanooga and married Janet Faith Jorges. Two months later, Ed was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He and Janet began fighting the disease that eventually took his life. Since Ed had no children, he was glad to share in the lives of Janet's children: David and Cheryl Parker; Rickey and Diana Johnson; Ricky Burnette and Denise Sterchi and grandchildren: Parker, Anna, Laura, Blake, Will and Olivia. Ed loved his new home in Windward Pointe in Chattanooga and the caring and supportive neighbors there. He attended Bayside Baptist Church when his health allowed. Ed was preceded in death by parents, Gale T. and Ann Mayes Samsel and by his brother, "Ace" Danny Gale Samsel. Survivors include his wife, Janet Jorges-Samsel; several aunts, uncles and cousins in Northeast Tennessee. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the North Chapel of the Chattanooga Funeral Home. A celebration of Ed's life will be on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2:00 o'clock the North Chapel with Pastor Eric Stitts officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, TN, 37343. Please share your thoughts and Memories at


  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 24, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, August 23, 2013

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Darryl and Carolyn Wilson

August 28, 2013

Janet, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Debbie & Dana Holloway

August 25, 2013

Janet ~ Our hearts are broken for your loss. Ed was such a great man! We ditto David Noblit's memory of our RED SOLO CUPS ~ That was a great weekend FULL of precious memories! Let's all get back together and finish our Red Sea Defense song as a tribute to Ed!! We love you and pray that God will give you the strength to make it thru this difficult time.

Gerald McKelvy

August 25, 2013

Janet, sorry to read of your loss. Thoughts are with you and your faamily

Jim Merritt

August 25, 2013

So sorry to hear of Eddy's passing. He was my friend and classmate at Rutledge High School. Eddy would have known me as "Ronnie" and Janet you may have known me as "Bassel" from TWC.

Leah Lamb

August 24, 2013

I am sorry to hear of your passing. I'm sorry I didn't keep in touch with you. I'm sorry that I didn't have the chance to say "I'm sorry you were sick." I'm sorry that I never thanked you for the opportunity to work for your department. I try to make everything in life positive. So from this, I have learned to say what's on your heart TODAY because tomorrow is not promised. Many prayers for your friends and family through this difficult time.

David Noblit

August 24, 2013

Janet: Jenny and I are in Boston trying to learn how to be better facilitators of peace. We are happy that we shared what we hoped was a positive moment in your lives together; Ed and you. Watching the football game, with RED SOLO CUPS in hand was, and is, a memory that we will always revisit with humor and fondness. We wish for you strength, courage and peace.

Sheila and Danny Thompson

August 24, 2013

Janet, so sorry to hear of Ed's illness and death. We worked together at First Tennessee for several years. We met last year at Chick Filet and you both seemed so happy.

August 23, 2013

Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not realize that you had remarried. I know that it is difficult at this time, but remember that God has a purpose in all things. Although you did not get to spend a large amount of time together as a married couple, the time that you did have was very special. Know that you are loved and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God provide you comfort.

Brent & Cathy Hawkins

August 23, 2013

Janet, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief...Love,

August 23, 2013

Janet, My name is Carolyn Baylor Burgin and I am a cousin of Ed's in Bean Station. I was so sorry to hear that Ed has been sick and of his passing. You and your family will be in our prayer and in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Ed was a wonderful person. ....... With deepest Sympathy ........ Carolyn Burgin