Edward Henry Champney went to his Heavenly Father on December 9, surrounded by his family at Asbury Hospice House.
A Celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, December 13, at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM with visitation beginning at 12:00 at the church.
Ed was born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on March 7, 1937 to Anna Wilton and Daniel Champney. After their early deaths, he was raised by his aunt, Cora Wilton, and his uncle, John Wilton in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. After attending East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, Ed joined the United States Air Force, serving as a pilot of KC-97s and KC 135s. While in the Air Force, he earned two Medals of Honor for the number of missions flown over Vietnam, refueling fighter planes.
After leaving the Air Force, Ed enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi. After earning his bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Business Administration, he started his employment at USM. He worked his way from Senior accountant, supervisor of payroll and general accounting, assistant director, ending as Director of Financial Affairs in 1988. He retired on June 30, 1999.
Ed was a longtime member of Parkway Heights UMC, seeing in many capacities, including being the church treasurer for many years . He enjoyed watching sports ( especially USM sports )playing bridge, traveling, and loved being with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn,and sons: Edward Henry (Skip) Champney of Pascagoula MS; Steven Champney (Mary Anne) of Baton Rouge LA; ;Kevin Champney (Trish) of Brandon, MS.; and grandchildren: Will Champney, Mary Catherine Champney, Blake Champney, and Ian Champney, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken and Mary Frances Smith and treasured nieces and their families.
The family would like to express their gratitude for his caregivers from Home Instead, as well as the loving care from staff at Asbury Hospice House.
Those wishing to make memorial gifts are encouraged to give to the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Edwards Street Pantry, or the Edwards Street Fellowship Health Clinic.