Saturday, March 9, 2024
2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)
Joseph Edgar “Ed” Sherman Jr., husband of Beverly “Bev” Grant Sherman, passed away February 10, 2024, just three days before his 85th birthday.
In addition to his loving wife and soulmate, Bev, he is survived by a son Joseph “Joe” Edgar Sherman, III of Longwood, FL and a daughter Amy Sherman Opper of Valrico, FL.
Other than his immediate family, Ed is survived by, a sister, Anne Sherman Hagood of Easley and a brother, Walter Betsworth Sherman (Geraldine) of Fort Mill. There are also multiple nieces, nephews and their children.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph “Joe” Edgar Sherman and Fay Betsworth Sherman of Clemson, SC. Also, a brother-in-law, Charles “Charlie” Cleveland Hagood of Easley and a niece, Grace Hagood Downs of Columbia.
Along with everything Ed experienced and accomplished in life, other than expressing his love of family and an abiding faith in God, one of his last wishes was for his friends to know that the love and respect he had for them was immeasurable.
After earning a BS Degree in Textile Management from Clemson College, Ed spent 10+ successful years in the textile industry, after which he built a very accomplished 30+ year career as an Executive Recruiter. Although the real and most fulfilling joy of his professional life began at the young age of 68, when he dedicated his final 10 working years to Republic Locomotive Company in Greenville as Business Development Manager.
In addition to his professional life, with so many varied hobbies and interests, as well as charitable and civic endeavors, he was quite the Renaissance man. Among other things, Ed was an accomplished snow skier, scuba diver and holder of a Black Belt in Aikido. He loved gardening: flowers and vegetables. He was a keen student of philosophies and religions. He completed volumes of genealogic study of the Sherman family. Along with that, as a Mayflower descendent, he served several years as the Governor of The Society of Mayflower Descendents of South Carolina.
Ed also enjoyed a lifelong “hobby” of collecting discarded bicycles from curb-sides and even city dumps. He would take them home and rebuild them, usually, to a condition of better than new. Each of his many reconstructed bikes were given anonymously to needy children at Christmas.
However, Ed’s most passionate physical activities were riding his own bicycle and sail boating. Every year he kept a detailed log of his bicycle rides. Amazingly, at the age of 84, through the middle of December, he had put almost 2,000 miles on his bike in 2023 alone. Bev happily joined him for many of those adventures.
He was also a loyal long-time member of the Western Carolina Sailing Club (“WCSC”) at Lake Hartwell. There he spent literally thousands of hours working on his boats, winning many sailing competitions and best of all, enjoying many treasured friendships. Years ago, WCSC set out to select a non-profit, charitable organization where they felt they could make a difference with some fund-raising activities. Ed played an integral role in selecting Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson. For the past 21 years, WCSC has operated the largest single, annual fund-raising event for that organization. Appropriately, it was also Hospice of the Upstate that served Ed and Bev in his final few days. The love and expert care they received from hospice will always be deeply appreciated.
Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
A casual graveside memorial service and internment will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Clemson at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Visitation will follow at the gravesite.
Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.