Edward M. Minner, 85, of Bridge City, passed from life through death and into eternity on Thursday, March 26. He is now absent from the body and face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ed was born Feb. 1, 1930 in Port Arthur, to E.M. and Vesta O’Grady Minner. He was the beloved husband of Peggy McRight Minner and devoted father and father-in-law of Genie, Mark, Linda Martin and husband John, Roger and wife Sherry and Michael and wife Deanna. His “other two daughters” are his granddaughters, who grew up in his home, Jessica Peggy Minner and Jamie Minner DeShazo, wife of Allen DeShazo. Ed is also survived by other grandchildren, Logan, Christian and Hannah; Andrew and his wife Hannah, Garret and Michael Minner, Jr. He was also the proud great-grandfather to Robert Jaxon DeShazo, who affectionately knows him as “Pop”. Ed is also survived by his sister, Maryann Croom of Sour Lake.

Ed retired from DuPont in 1985 after 32 years of employment. He enlisted in the Army and served our country during the Korean War years. He was a devoted family man who, throughout his life was a student of the Bible and was always eager to share what he learned with whoever crossed his path. He considered his pastor/teacher R. B. Thieme, Jr., who passed this life in 2009.

Ed Minner, also known to his friends as “Buddy”, loved to study God’s Word and loved to talk about it. Hebrews 4:12 states “The Word of God is alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Buddy made his transfer from time to eternity in God’s provision of dying grace and with the firm understanding that “for me, living is Christ, dying is profit” (Philippians 1:21); for Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall live even if he dies” (John 11:25). The apostle Paul wrote a eulogy for the faithful servant in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” This would certainly apply to Buddy Minner, as he strived to live a life positive to God’s Word, to seek the high ground of spiritual maturity with the ultimate goal of bringing glory to God.

Family visitation will be held Saturday, March 28, from 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Edward’s memorial service will be conducted at 4:00 pm, Sunday, March 29. Both services will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Edward Minner may be directed to R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries, at 5139 West Alabama St., Houston, TX, 77056.