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Thomas E. McPherson


Eddie McPherson, Sr.

Obituary for Eddie McPherson, Sr.

Gastonia, NC

Eddie McPherson, Sr., 71, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Born on February 22, 1946 in Gaston County, he was the son of the late J.Q. McPherson and Betty Jo Whitesides McPherson. Eddie retired from Sun Drop. A graduate of Ashley High School, Eddie excelled in many sports and was a Red Shield All American Football player. A Mason and Shriner, Eddie played and officiated softball and loved working in children’s athletics as well as bingo. He was a US Air Force veteran.

In addition to his parents, Eddie was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald J. McPherson.

Eddie is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Sandra Watson McPherson; children, Andrea R. McPherson, Thomas E McPherson, Jr. (Carly) and Benjamin A. McPherson (Samantha); grandchildren, Emma McPherson and Ean McPherson; sister, Debbie Biddix (Jeff); numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends of Eddie McPherson are invited to attend his visitation beginning at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday in Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors with the Rev. Matt Vanderbilt and Rev. Dale Lawing officiating. Burial will follow in Long Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites.

Condolences may be sent to the McPherson family at

The McPherson family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Eddie be sent to Robin Johnson Hospice House, c/o Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.

The McPherson family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Robin Johnson Hospice House and to Dr. Glenn and the staff of the CaroMont Regional Medical Center Emergency Department for their compassionate care of Eddie.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the McPherson family.



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01/02/18 01:38 PM #1    

Beverly Norris (Rupp)

A really good guy.....Fond high school memories......Beverly Norris (Rupp)

01/03/18 12:59 AM #2    

David Hunter Diamont

​My only year at Ashley was as a senior.  I transferred from a small rural high school in northwest NC.  Eddie and I had football lockers beside each other.  He welcomed me with his big smile and talked with me as if we had known each other for years.  He was a very good person and team mate!  My condolences to his family!  David H. Diamont, Pilot Mountain, NC , retired public school teacher and high school football coach


01/03/18 12:01 PM #3    

Martha McPhail

Eddie Mac and I met in 10th grade homeroom, and shared 11th and 12th homerooms. We had a lot of laughs. He was a great guy. My sympathy to his family, friends, and classmates. Martha McPhail

01/03/18 01:18 PM #4    

William Nicholas Query

Enjoyed knowing Eddie in high school. We played football together. He had a friendly smile for everyone. I am thankful that I got to see him at our reunion. I’ll miss him. 

01/04/18 08:59 PM #5    

Dennis Cloninger

Eddie was one of the good guys. Always happy and a lot of fun.

01/06/18 09:46 PM #6    

Virginia Ann Beam (Harrison)

Eddie was such a sweet guy. The ministers at his service captured the very essence of Eddie. Both of them spoke of his quick smile, caring spirit and his willingness to do the behind the scene jobs at his church that were so necessary but not at all glamorous. He did them for the glory of the Lord. He left a legacy of being a caring and serving person who loved his family dearly. What more could anyone want to leave? May he rest in leave. 

01/07/18 09:40 AM #7    

John Allen Hunter

Eddie and I first met as 9 year old kids playing ball for opposing teams, we finally met & played together when we wore the Green Wave Jersey - Eddie was always ‘all in’ for whatever he did. We all will miss one of the best of the good guys. 

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