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Funeral services for Edward (Eddie) L. Furman, 73, of Neches, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept 16, 2017, at Rhone Funeral Home with Dan Manual officiating. Visitation will precede the service at 2:00 p.m. and burial will follow at the Neches Cemetery.

Eddie was surrounded by family and friends on the evening of his passing. He drifted peacefully home in the arms of Bettie, his devoted wife of 50 years.

Eddie was born November 6, 1943, in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Furman spent his youth in Eden, New York. Following his high school graduation, Eddie proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, completing two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was employed in the construction and oil field industries, and later, in sales. He was a licensed peace officer, employed as a Deputy Sheriff for Anderson County for five years. He is most noted for serving as a faithful husband, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. Eddie was a Christian and a faithful member of the Crockett Rd. Church of Christ for 42 years.

Ed Furman was a multi-faceted and talented man. He was an architect, an artist, a poet, a published author, and a scholar of history. He was a member of the John H. Reagan Camp/Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, served on the Board of Directors of Dogwood Trails, and was a member of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce. He was a Charter member of the Reagan Memorial Museum and a member of the Anderson County Historical Society. In addition, he was a member of both the Neches Volunteer Fire Department and the Anderson County Rescue Unit.

As a returning adult student, Mr. Furman received an Associate Degree from Trinity Valley Community College. He was an honor graduate and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor fraternity. Mr. Furman and his wife, Bettie, founded the Neches River Runners Organization, funding scholarships for students on the Palestine Campus of Trinity Valley Community College for over 20 years. Ed's legacy continues through the efforts of this organization, celebrating its 27th year.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Martha Furman, brother Jack Germain, brothers-in-law Donald Wayne Cross and Paul Pearson.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Bettie, of Neches, one brother, Leslie Furman of West Seneca, NY,
brothers-in-law, Danny Cox (Mackie), Eric Moseley (Cindy) of Neches, Ed Jorgensen (Shelah) of Jacksonville, TX. Nephews, Gary Cox, of Cibolo, TX, Tracy Cox (Denise) of Missouri City, TX, Eric Moseley, II (Stacey) of Tyler, TX, James Pearson of Palestine, TX., Roger Furman of Derby, NY, Mike Smith (Dani) of Maryville, TN, Nieces: Ashley Radford (Jody), Sara Jo Helms (Jason) of Tennessee Colony, TX, Lindsey Urbina (Modesto) of Neches, TX, Candace Cotton of Palestine, TX, Karen Burnett and Debbie Rudolph of Buffalo, NY and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. Eddie served as a second "father" to each of his nieces and nephews as well as many other young people who were so fortunate as to have crossed his path.

Pall Bearers will be his nephews, Gary Cox, Tracy Cox, Clayton Cox, Eric Moseley, II, Kade Helms, and Kolby Radford

You may honor Ed with flowers or by donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or the charity of your choice.
Funeral services for Edward L. Furman are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guestbook, go to www.rhonefuneralhome.com.
Published on September 14, 2017
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