Edward Franklin Klinger

April 25, 1945July 10, 2018

Edward Klinger passed away Tuesday morning, July 10, 2018. His bravery in the face of so many medical challenges inspired his family, friends, and the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice who helped him.

Ed, who always researched and planned meticulously, was able to be with his children, Jeremy and Jessica, and grandson Wyatt in the past two weeks. He maintained a steady stream of communications with his family and many friends up until his death. He loved without reservation. His wife, Mary Jo, has been a strong and compassionate friend and advocate throughout Ed’s illness.

Ed was proud of his Brandeis University education and the Peace Corps service he experienced in Turkey. His students and friends from Turkey were an important part of his life.

Following the Peace Corps, he attended Washington University of Law. He clerked for a federal appellate judge and practiced in Fargo-Moorhead for 30 years.

Ed moved from his law practice in North Dakota to St James in 2004. He was active in Kiwanis, managing the Meals-On-Wheels program for Kiwanis that still benefits so many in Brunswick County. Some of his happiest times were with Mary Jo as they served their MOW friends on the Boiling Spring Lakes route. He was also very active in the Kiwanis Teen Court where his extensive legal experience and compassion helped many kids.

He was a nationally-ranked racquetball player; he was an avid reader and had a passion for golf.

A celebration of life will be held at the St. James Members Club on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. A service will also be held in Fargo, North Dakota at a later date.

Ed is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Jo. During their years together, she with love and sacrifice, was his constant companion, muse, caretaker and most importantly, his best friend. In addition to Mary Jo, Ed is survived by children Jessica and Jeremy (Michelle), their mother Marjut, step children Jenel (Brent) and Jeff and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ed may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation at or to the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock –Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC.



  • Celebrat Wednesday, August 8, 2018


  • Celebration of Life

Edward Franklin Klinger

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Deb Slaton

July 16, 2018

MaryJo....I'm not sure if you remember me but I was working for Dave Streed at the law firm in Moorhead when he passed away in the 70's. I've kept in touch with Debbie Peterson Bond and Cindy Wessels over the years via facebook and met up with them for a pizza at Duane's a few years back when we were in MN. Debbie forwarded me Ed's obituary and I wanted to tell you I'm so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I loved that law firm and the fun and diverse people that worked there. I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers for comfort for the difficult time ahead. With sincere condolences, Deb (Borst) Slaton

Sue Pendray

July 13, 2018

Mary Jo, Jessica and Jeremy,
I am sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He was a joy to work with and the best boss I ever had. I'm glad I had the privilege to know him.

Doug Johnson

July 13, 2018

To the Family of my Friend Ed,

At the YMCA in Fargo Ed, Dan Knighton and myself played racquetball every Sunday . Ed was one of the best, in fact I don't know anybody that could claim they had on a victory over Ed.

He was a good friend, and a kind man he will be missed.

Dan Schwandt

July 13, 2018

Mary Jo and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a great guy who I always admired. He had a big impact on my life. It was Ed who suggested I interview for a legal investigator position at his firm. The rest is history. I have often wondered what my life would have become but for that conversation. I greatly enjoyed Ed’s sense of humor. I tried to beat him on the racquetball court, but that was impossible. He would just laugh as he ran me all over the court. I will never forget Ed. I am fortunate to have known him. Cherish your memories. Rest well my friend. Dan Schwandt

Bernie Reynolds

July 12, 2018

Condolences to Ed's family. He was a good friend and partner. I had some very good times with him, particularly in his old stomping grounds in New York. He will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.

Roz Buck

July 12, 2018

Mari Jo and family, thinking of you today and the days ahead. Remembering what a wonderful man Ed was and what a huge loss it will be. Will never ever forget the Christmas parties and Ed's story of our Christ's birth. It got better every year. May God give you the strength to move forward.

Roz Buck