Edward Terrell Obituary (1950-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Terrell, Edward F.

Ed Terrell went home to be with Jesus on August 21, 2021. Ed was born on May 30, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Richmond High School, Richmond, IN, in 1968 and attended Purdue and Indiana Universities. Ed was an artist, played the accordion, and was extremely intelligent.

A car accident in November 1971 changed Ed’s life forever, leaving him with 3 traumatic brain injuries and a 50 percent chance of survival. After much prayer, 10 weeks unconscious and 8 months in the hospital, he was able to return home. Soon after, he dedicated his life to Christ. Although he was confined to a wheelchair with double vision, right side impairment, and speech aphasia, it did not stop him.

After the death of his parents, Ollney and Mary Terrell, Ed was able to move on to a life of his own. He was an adventurer who learned horseback riding, wheelchair skiing, bowling, camping, water skiing, and hot air ballooning in Colorado. Ed loved painting and drawing, and God restored his gift despite his vision problems and the loss of his dominant hand. He also faithfully served in the churches he attended over the years as a greeter and sang his signature song, “Amazing Grace”. He was a huge supporter of the Human Race, Exceptional Friends of Art, and the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.

After 9/11, Ed knew he could not serve in the armed forces and instead donated over 50 liters of blood over a period of years as his contribution to the Red Cross. Thanks to God’s amazing grace, Ed lived nearly 50 years after his severe head injury.

His sisters Nancy Terrell and Dianne Davis (Doug), his niece Regina Brooks and his nephews Tony Terrell (Crystal) and Nathan Davis survived. He also left behind his great-niece Kirsten Brooks and his great-nephews Anthony Terrell, Tobias Terrell and Matthias Terrell, as well as many other family members and friends. As a last generous act, Ed donated his body to science for study. Instead of flowers, the family on bionic.net is asking for blood donations to the Red Cross or the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina in Ed’s honor. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 27th at 6 p.m. at Definition Church, 1806 Merritt Drive, Greensboro, NC.

Published by Greensboro News & Record on August 25, 2021.

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