Monday, March 20, 2006

Obituary: Edward Withers - Class of 1947

MADISON - Edward Withers, age 48, of 1852 Fisher Street, died on Thursday, April 17, 1975 at the Veterans Hospital in Tomah. Born August 26, 1926, in Memphis, Tennessee, he was a graduate of Central High School. He was defensive all American football player while playing at the University of Wisconsin where he graduated in 1952. He was a former football coach at North Division High School in Milwaukee. He was also an insurance agent. Survivors include two sons, Edward III of Des Moines, Iowa, and Dwight A. at the Air Force base, Offett, Nebraska; his mother, Mrs. Willie Jo Walker, 1852 Fisher St.; three sisters, Mrs. Mamie L. Jones, 1852 Fisher St., Mrs. Bertha L. Bothwell, Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Willie Jo Lewis, Colorado Springs, Colorado; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mamie Matthews, Madison and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the JOYCE FUNERAL HOME, 540 W. Washington Ave., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. The Rev. William De [one line blurred and unreadable on microfilm] Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the JOYCE FUNERAL HOME, 540 W. Washington Ave., where a prayer service was held at 8:30 p.m.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 21, 1975

Notes: If you have a complete, readable copy of this obituary, please email me, so I can correct this entry.

There is a good biography of Ed Withers on on the official Badger Athletics web site. You may access it by clicking HERE.

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