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EDWARD STRINGER JR.


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EDWARD STRINGER JR. Obituary
April 13, 1944 - December 26, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Edward Hand Stringer, Jr., 72, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side Dec. 26, 2016, in Oklahoma City. Ed was born on April 13, 1944, to Edward Hand Stringer and Gertrude Shaffer Stringer in Brunswick, GA, where his father was stationed with the Coast Guard. The family returned to the Philadelphia, PA area, where Ed grew up. His summers were spent at Cape May, NJ, where he enjoyed many years of competitive sailing. His football career began at the young age of 12 when he was chosen to represent the Delaware Valley at the Kumquat Bowl in Florida. Ed attended The Haverford School, where he was an excellent student, a leader and an outstanding athlete winning eight Varsity Letters; Football Captain, Wrestling and Baseball. He was All Inter-Academic center for two years, All Main Line and All-Scholastic. Ed won a Maxwell Award and the Delaware Valley Coach's award twice, the Blue Cross award, and the Crowell Award as the MVP of the Greater Philadelphia area. He was the team MVP and Captain of the 1961 Undefeated Inter-Academic Champion Football team. In 2004, Ed was inducted into The Haverford School Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon graduation in 1962, Ed was offered an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He declined the appointment to accept a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to play football, where he started at center for two years, was Captain of the Freshman team, Co-captain of the 1965 team, was twice 1st team All-ACC, was twice 1st team All-ACC Academic and an Academic All American. He played on the 1963 Gator Bowl championship team and the Co-ACC championship team. One of his fondest memories was beating Ohio State at Ohio State. Ed was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Following graduation from UNC in 1966, Ed entered Harvard Business School, earning his MBA in 1968. Naval Officer's Candidate School in Newport, RI followed. However, his Naval career was cut short due to a health concern and he was given an honorable discharge. Ed accepted a position with Gulf Oil Corp. in Houston, TX. There, he met Sally Ann Morrison on a blind date and they were married Jan. 3, 1970. In 1973, following a year at Gulf's Corporate Office in Pittsburgh, PA, the family moved to Jacksonville, FL, where Ed became President of Horne's International, a national interstate highway restaurant chain. In 1978, Ed, Sally and their daughters moved to Oklahoma City to be near family. Ed became Vice-president of Sally's family's business, Morrison Paper Company. Their daughters attended Heritage Hall School and Ed's service and dedication to the school was instrumental in its growth. He served as a Trustee for many years, and Co-chaired the development committee during the fundraising for and construction of the new Upper School. Following the sale of the family business, Ed joined Massco, Inc., retiring last August. Ed was in attendance at all his daughters' activities when they were young and that carried over to his grandchildren's activities as well: baseball, basketball and soccer games, school programs and Grandparents' Day, ballet recitals and gymnastics. Ed was there. Ed was a gentleman. He was friendly, positive, kind, engaging, honest and humble. He was a true family man, putting his wife, daughters and grandchildren above everything else. He will be so very missed. Ed is survived by his devoted wife of 47 years, Sally; his two daughters, Sarah Stringer Butler (Doug), of OKC, and Kate Stringer Koetting (Jake), of Leawood, KS; eight adoring grandchildren, Luke, Thad, Beau, and Blythe Butler and Jeb, Tom, Whit, and Gus Koetting; his brother, Henry Stringer (Candace), of Berwyn, PA; his sister, Hannah Stringer Manry, of Salem, MA; an aunt, Marilyn Stringer, of Berwyn, PA; brothers-in-law, Bob Morrison and Dan Morrison (Diana), and sister-in-law, Susan Morrison Dyke (Tony), all of OKC; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Trudy Stringer; and his wife's parents, Robert and Sarah Ann Morrison. A Memorial Service celebrating Ed's life will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Nichols Hills United Methodist Church Music Fund or to Heritage Hall School.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 8, 2017
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