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Meet Our Members: Ed and Elaine Dearman

Ed Dearman has been attending WABC since he was born. His first residence was at an apartment across the street from the old Western Avenue location at the home of Lucille Baker (who was later his first-grade teacher). This two-story home no longer exists there. Ed’s parents and grandparents were members at Western Avenue and in the summer of 1950, he was enrolled in the cradle roll department.

Western Avenue has been a part of Ed’s life since then. His brothers, parents and even neighbors were or continue to be part of the congregation. He remembers great Sunday School teachers like Mr. Alexander, Rob Harline and Mr. Bost. He and some others in the boys class joined the church when they were nine years old. Rev. Davis was the pastor at that time and had a great influence on Ed and the rest of the South Side Community. 

There did not seem to be a time when Western Avenue was not part of Ed’s life. Many strong bonds with other friends still continue to this date. He met and eventually married Elaine Beatty in August 1971. Ed and Elaine were blessed with two children, Jennifer and Jonathan. They have blessed them with four grandchildren. 

Except for the time they were at Appalachian State and Ed’s first duty station in Lenoir, NC, the Dearmans have been part of Western Avenue. Ed was employed for the state of NC as a probation/parole officer and had a career for 31 years. Elaine taught kindergarten for 30 years. Ed’s time at WABC has included working with the youth, Sunday School teacher, deacon, usher and security. Elaine has taught in the church nursery for many years. 

The Dearmans appreciate the increased number of friends that have come into their lives and how they have all come from so many different places and backgrounds. He and Elaine have been witness to so many circumstances that have changed their lives including births, deaths, difficult relationships and great moments of joy. The Dearmans look forward to the continued growth of our church and its influence on our community. People take note and respond when you mention you are an active part of our church. WABC has weathered many controversial situations in the past but has continued to prevail. 

Posted by Meredith Collins at 7:00 AM
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