Longtime publisher and recent publisher emeritus of The Herald-News Edgar L. Emens, 73, of Dayton, died at home Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.
Mr. Emens was born on Oct. 24, 1938, in Muscle Shoals, Ala., the son of the late William Edgar and Anna Lee Harris Emens. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Harris Emens and William Henry Emens.
Mr. Emens was a longtime member of the Tennessee Press Association and served as district director and on various committees.
His love and care for his community was evident in his dedicated service to Rhea County. Emens served as three-term president of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce and also served as a Rhea Economic Tourism Council board member and American Legion member.
He faithfully served his country in both the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant and National Guard and was an active supporter of the Women's Care Center.
Emens was a member of First Baptist Church of Dayton.
Ed is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 37 years, Diane Holder Emens; two sons, Gregory Lee Emens (Cindy Osborne) and Jonathan Matthew Dixson; daughter, Stephanie Diane (John David) Bradford; and three grandchildren, Savannah Lee Emens and Jessi Corinne Emens of Mount Juliet, Tenn., and James Hunter Bradford of Chattanooga. Remembering Ed in his death will be pallbearers Judson Emens, Charles Emens, James Rous, Kyle Mitchell, George Thacker and Chip Pendergrass. Honorable pallbearers are Bill Hollin, Raymond Walker, Bob Vincent, Eddie Jordan, Mike Keen and Jerry Hendrix, as well as the management team of Jones Media Inc., who wish to honor their friend and colleague.
Funeral services for Mr. Emens will be held Saturday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m. at Coulter Garrison Funeral Home in Dayton. The family will receive friends before the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24.
Mr. Emens will be laid to rest at Rhea Memory Gardens. Pastor Milton Knox of First Baptist Church of Dayton will officiate and Mr. Lebron Purser will deliver the eulogy.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Women's Care Center and the building fund at First Baptist Church of Dayton.
Arrangements were made by Coulter Garrison Funeral Home Inc. of Dayton.