David Earle Eden
David Earle Eden, 82, of Brevard, N.C. died at home September 28, 2019. He was married to Linda, his college sweetheart, for 61 years. Together, they raised two strong, independent-thinking daughters, Lynn and Wendy.

Dave attended Towson State College, where he would excel in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. His love of education continued throughout his life. He would go on to receive a master's degree in education from Arizona State University and a master's degree in library science from Florida State University. He was a firm believer in public school education, teaching elementary through high school students and college classes throughout the United States.

After almost 20 years of teaching, Dave became a literacy advocate building successful library systems throughout the south. Among his many accomplishments was modernizing and expanding libraries in Grady and Thomas counties in Georgia and Union County outside of Charlotte, N.C. His success was recognized often. He was named North Carolina Library Director of the Year in 2003 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wingate University in 2004.

Dave's passion for writing and illustrating poems, cards and letters for family and friends blossomed into a love of pastel and watercolor painting. Later in life, almost everyone he met was lucky enough to receive one of his original works of art.

He was loved dearly by his family and friends, and he will be greatly missed. He is survived his wife, Linda; two daughters and their husbands, Lynn and Tim Chambers of Ringgold, Ga. and Wendy and Jeff Jones of Beaufort, S.C.; a brother, Bill Eden; a granddaughter, Mallory Howsen of Chattanooga, Tenn. and grandson, Dixon Jones of Beaufort, S.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Killian Howsen.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Published on October 2, 2019

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Melanie (Bauer) Blow
Oct 05, 2019
Dave was a special boss at Thomas County Public Library! He let me come and do things with the children, like arts and crafts and reading stories to these same kids each week. Sometimes he would ask me to come in for special events and I would willingly help out because he was paying me while I did the work. Thank you Dave Eden for letting me "Spread my Wings!" GOD BLESS YOU, Linda, what a great man he was and may be rest in peace.