Edgar Dixon Hoyle

Edgar Dixon Hoyle, 91, died early Saturday morning in Jefferson, N.C. after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Cooleemee, N.C. on August 10, 1926 to Marion Hudson Hoyle, Sr. and Margaret Efird Hoyle. He suspended his studies at UNC-Chapel Hill to join the Marines in World War II and was training for an invasion of Japan when the war ended.

On returning from the war, he resumed his education at UNC where he earned his degree in Pharmacy. He married the former Mary Lee McMahan of the Farmington Community and joined his father and brother, Bob, in the family business, Cooleemee Drug Company, serving as pharmacist.

Edgar and Mary Lee moved to Emerald Isle, N.C. in 1972 where he worked with Eckerd Drug Company in both Morehead City and Jacksonville. On Retirement, he and Mary Lee began a series of moves that took them from the coast to the mountains of their home state, staying several years in Glendale Springs, West Jefferson, Deep Gap and also the Atlanta area of Georgia.

Edgar is survived by a son David (Julie) of Glendale Springs and daughter, Beth French (John) of Flowery Springs, GA., three grandsons:Ballard Hoyle (Sarah), David French (Katie), granddaughters Ginny Lawrimore (Dave), and Lauriel Rader (Donnie); two great grandsons, Simon Lawrimore and Turner French, one great granddaughter, Madison Edwards; four nieces, Sister Martha Hoyle, Ruth Hoyle, Janet Towell (A.J.), and Tina Roten (Rich) and sister-in-law Marjorie R. Hoyle.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee, brothers Marion Hudson Hoyle, Jr. and Robert Efird Hoyle, and grandson Joseph French.

Memorial services are being planned for Edgar at The Parish of the Holy Communion in Beaver Creek and Cooleemee United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice(1877 N.C 163,West Jefferson, NC 28694) of Ashe County and Cooleemee United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank hospice, Forest Ridge Assisted Living, Ashe Assisted Living, and especially Ashe Memorial Hospital staff for the loving end of life care they gave to our father.