It is with sadness that I inform our readers that a long-time contributor to Freedom Outpost has gone home to be with the Lord. Ed Wood passed through the door of this life into the next on Saturday. In several conversations with Ed prior to his departure, I told him that I wanted to prepare something that would seek to honor God in the life that he lived. Though he was not one to parade himself, he told me that since he wouldn't be here, he would have nothing to say about it. Those that know him will know that was said with a sense of humor. Here is a culmination of those thoughts.

Ed was a prolific writer and a wonderful gentleman. I remember many of his contributions and had always told him the shorter he made them the more profound and pointed he was, and it was true.

The piece that resonates in my mind most was "Why I am a Southerner," which he wrote back in 2013. I loved the way he communicated the southern lifestyle and heritage in a brief essay, but he was often like that.

Ed was always so gracious towards me personally and a very humble man who commented back in August, "Just wanted to express my appreciation to you for including my offerings among your more qualified writers."

I'm not the only one that noticed these things. Those much closer to him also noticed what a wonderful person Ed was. In fact, it was Freedom Outpost contributor Publius Huldah who sent Ed my way. She was considered one of his many "adopted daughters." He told me he has ten!

A couple of those adopted daughters had this to say about Ed.

Ruby, daughter number 6, wrote before his passing, "DAD, Just so as you know, I am continually impressed by your brain. I don't see where you have missed a beat. I told Wes last night after reading your email that I was amazed by your intellect and ability to state and recall information considering the pain medications that you are taking. You are just a force for which to be reckoned! I pray you remain pain free. I pray for a miracle. I am glad that there are those who have made their concerns known regarding your salvation. I believe you are humble enough to recognize your need for a Savior and, considering some of the things and thoughts from your past, you have that taken care of."

Karen Lees, adopted daughter number 4 and Freedom Outpost contributor, wrote, "Dad #2, Did you know your first name Samuel means "God heard" or "God's heart"? Ed means "wealthy"... And you certainly are wealthy in many ways. You have generously shared the wonderful gifts God gave you. We may never know the many lives in which those amazing gifts have made a difference. I am among the many who dearly love you for sharing."

These were probably among the closest to him. However Tom, a co-worker, said, "Thank you for your friendship, you advise and guidance in my professional life, and for all the good times he had together. I am glad I can call you friend… just know when you leave you will take a piece of me with you."

Even Tennessee Senator Paul Bailey felt like Ed made him a better person and considered him a second father. "Ed, please know that you are one of my best friends and I contribute my being a state senator to to you.  You've always pushed me to be the best, was encouraging when I needed encouragement, and told me the truth even when I didn't want to hear it. Although you never adopted me as a son, (to go along with all those daughters), I've always considered you to be my second dad. I love you."

Then there were many of his cherished readers.

Susan at TMS Ranch commented, "Your contribution to the awareness of our disgusting group of leaders who seek to destroy our country."

Still another commented, "My Dear Ed.  I feel like I know you.  I have enjoyed your articles via Mel.  You have a fantastic mind."

A couple who were acquaintances of Ed's remarked, "Although I only met you the one time at Ernie Cheek's, I feel you are one of us, a very knowledgeable man, and an all around good fellow.  I enjoyed our one on one conversations and have continued to enjoy your great articles in the local paper… Ed, you will be missed by everyone who ever knew you.  I just hope you bring as much enjoyment to people in your next life as you have in this one."

Ed will most certainly be missed not only in the life he had with others close to him, but also here at Freedom Outpost. In God's Providence, Karen Lees will be taking his place. She has already contributed several articles to educate readers and for that we are thankful.

I am grateful to have known Ed not only as a writer and contributor, but also as a friend. Please keep his family in prayer during this time that God's grace may abound to them even as it did to Ed.

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