A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory in Bristol, TN. The service will be officiated by Jason Myers, Care Ministries Coordinator of Cornerstone Church. Visitation with family and friends will immediately follow the services. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a local animal shelter of choice in Eddie’s honor.
Eddie was born on July 9, 1939 in Bristol, VA to the late Edward Milton and Mary June (Smith) Esser, Sr. He grew up and raised his family in First Presbyterian Church in Bristol. He attended Tennessee High School and East Tennessee State University until his junior year when he eloped with the love of his life, Doris “Dottie” (Curtis), to be married in Boone, N.C. He provided for his family as a successful salesman first with Strong-Robinette and ended his 55 year career with Implac. As a car enthusiast, he loved racing and restoring vintage automobiles. He became a driving instructor for the National Automobile Sport Association. Eddie was also a member of the Early Ford V-8 Club and a member of Cornerstone Church in Johnson City.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Doris “Dottie” Esser of Johnson City, TN; children: Kim Shipley (David) of Chattanooga, TN, Edward Milton Esser, III (Priscilla) of Macon, GA and Missy Rigby (Steve) of Warner Robins, GA; 12 grandchildren: Kaylin Kittle (Mick), Madeline Brady (Ryan), Jack Limerick, Nigel Esser, Stein Esser, Coco Esser, Reiny Esser, Gracie Preston, Rachel Preston, Stevie Rigby, Max Rigby and Luke Rigby; brother: Fred Esser (Linda) of Bristol, TN; niece: Heather Sheets (Marcus) of Bristol, TN, their sons, Jackson and Eli Sheets. Niece: Tammy Curtis Lyons (Chuck) and their sons Trey and Jay Lyons.
The family would like to thank Serenity Hospice of Warner Robins, GA and Amedisys Hospice in Elizabethton, TN for their professional and loving care.
The family would like to invite friends to gather with them after the service. Location to be determined by day of service.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Arrangements especially for Mr. Esser and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.