Edwin Caldwell Bewley went into Jesus’ loving arms very peacefully on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in Westerville, Ohio. A loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to so many, Ed was born on March 23, 1926 in a farmhouse in Troy, Texas (Bell County) to Cecil Naylor Bewley and Buena Bruce Porter Bewley both since deceased. His loving wife of 65 years, Clara Maxine Bewley, preceded him to heaven in 2015.
Ed’s surviving children include son Robert and wife Debbie, of Marble Falls, Texas, daughter Kathy Bewley, of Tampa, Florida and daughter Sherri Bishop and husband Danny, of Westerville, Ohio. Ed was blessed with Granddaughter Jessica Denise Bishop Myers, husband Zach, great grandson Gehrig Zachary Myers and great granddaughter Beatrice Anne Myers. He was also blessed with granddaughter Rebecca Ann Bishop Carson, husband Dustin and great granddaughter Maxine Elaine Carson.
Ed has surviving brothers, Cecil Rae Bewley, of Lawton, Oklahoma and Oscar McKelvey Bewley, wife Bertie Jo, of Pasadena, Texas. He was preceded in death by Riley Marshall Bewley, of Houston, Texas, Mildred Loveto Bewley Faulkner, of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Bunah Fay Bewley Woodard, of Mesquite, Texas.
Dad was a World War II veteran, having been drafted in June 1944 the day after he finished his High School studies. After basic training in Fort Hood, Texas, he was assigned to Southern California, assigned to the 69th Infantry Division, also known as the “fighting 69th”. During an incoming artillery attack, Ed was the only soldier to survive in his Company earning a Purple Heart when he sustained shrapnel injuries to his leg. He was sent to California to recuperate where he was discharged to return to Houston, Texas.
After he was discharged, Ed enrolled in the University of Houston earning a BBA, Accounting in 1949. He and Clara married in November 1949 in Houston, Texas followed by a honeymoon in Galveston, Texas at the Galvez Hotel.
Ed was one of the first computer programmers in the US working for Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company assigned to the first Univac computer. He was also one of the first programmers assigned to the IBM 360 mainframe computer. His entire career was spent as a computer programmer before being promoted to a Systems Analyst.
Mom and Dad exposed the kids to camping in East Texas and the Texas Hill Country. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster in Boy Scout Troop 500 in Houston, Texas. After the kids left home, they enjoyed camping in their Argosy Travel Trailer belonging to a club in Ohio. They were Presidents of their Square Dance Club in Houston, Texas. He was also President of the Congregation at Glenbrook United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. They loved their family and spending time with them. They were members of Central College Presbyterian Church of Westerville, Ohio.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Central College Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 7, 2020 at 10 AM with a visitation one hour prior.
The family thanks the Heartland Hospice for the personal care that they provided our Dad the past few months. They made his final days so comfortable. The family so appreciates the love and compassion that was shown to Mom and Dad by The Village at Westerville staff since 2014 when they moved from Houston, Texas to Westerville, Ohio. To express our appreciation, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that a contribution be made to The Village at Westerville, 215 Huber Village Boulevard, Westerville, Ohio 43081 (Staff Christmas Fund in the memo field).