Calling Hours (Only 10 people at a time), Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Private family service (maximum 25 people) will be Saturday, May 30, 2020 at White's Chapel. Livestream will be available beginning at 8:30am. Interment: Greenlawn Cemetery.
Peacefully on Friday May 22, 2020, Almighty God in His Infinite Wisdom, Mercy and Grace closed the eyes of our Beloved, Edward Oliver Emanuel, Sr. and he entered into his Eternal Rest.
Edward was born on February 25, 1932 in Fort Valley, Georgia to the union of Theodore Emanuel, Sr. and Alice (Bryant) Emanuel. He is preceded in death by both his parents and his brother Theodore Emanuel, Jr.
Edward joined Usher Temple Baptist Church at a young age where he gave his life to Christ. His father was a deacon and his mother an usher in the church. He attended Hunt High School in Fort Valley, Georgia where he was the leading basketball player. After high school, Edward joined the United States Airforce where he served for two years. While in the Airforce he was a left-handed boxer who was a Golden Glove winner in Pennsylvania and in Air force competitions. After the air force, Edward attended Fort Valley State University for four years where he majored in secondary education with a minor in political science.
He met and married Louise (Small) Emanuel and were blessed with two children. In 1960 Edward moved his family from Fort Valley, Georgia to Columbus, Ohio where his uncle had moved for better opportunities. He and his family took up roots in the newly developed African American community called Southfield.
His first job after moving to Columbus was at Gladden Community House. Later he became employed by the City of Columbus, Department of Recreation and Parks where he served as recreation leader, and soon promoted into management where he became a center director then a regional director over several centers. He worked at several recreation centers over his career some are: Sullivant Gardens, Milo-Grogan, Clarifield, Watkins, and Brentnell. Over the years he met and mentored hundreds of youth. Edward was known as the gentile but effective Director. He loved working with children and giving them loving and kind advice to help them fully achieve. Edward always saw the best in people and never met a stranger. He was not only skillful with his hands in boxing, but he created delicate string art, played numerous games, including ping pong, horseshoes and his specialty was billiards. He was one of the best non-professional billiards players around and was instrumental in helping others learn the game. He used his boxing skills to serve as Golden Gloves judge for the Boys Clubs of Columbus and Recreation and Parks. He was an excellent chess player and taught many others the game. Of course, he taught his children Brenda and Eddie all the games he played.
He leaves to enjoy his loving memory and legacy his daughter Brenda L. Emanuel, Silver Spring, Maryland; Edward O. Emanuel, Jr, Columbus Ohio; Ex-wife, mother of his children and caregiver, Louise Emanuel, Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Brandess (Christopher) Alexander, Columbus, Ohio; Danielle K. Thomas, Silver Spring, Maryland; Daelon Emanuel Howze, Columbus, Ohio; one great-grandchild, Zila Breeze Alexander, Columbus, Ohio; sister in law, Marie Emanuel, Columbus, Ohio; nephews Theodore Emanuel, Jr; Victor (Annalyn) Emanuel; niece Alice (Emanuel) Adams, Columbus, Ohio; great niece, Elizabeth Emanuel and a host of cousins and friends.
Arrangements by WHITE’S FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 867 S. JAMES ROAD, COLS, OH 43227, BENJAMIN F. “BENNY” WHITE, JR, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, (614)947-1123, whitesfh867.com.
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