Edward Lyle Harlow was born at Lexington, Va. on Dec. 30, 1935, the son of the late Lyle Davis and Mary Sue Kirkpatrick Harlow.
He graduated from Lexington High School and Washington and Lee University with the class of 1958 and later received a master’s degree from JMU. Edward served in the ROTC and left the Army Reserve as the rank of captain.
Edward taught for 36 years. At Harrisonburg High School, he taught English and was director of the first high school musical comedies in the Valley. He continued his teaching career at Blue Ridge Community College for 30 years before retiring.
Also, he began farming as a teenager with his grandfather in Rockbridge County and continued to farm until a few years before his passing. A lover of animals, he bred fancy chickens, canaries, Cairn terriers and purebred sheep and cattle at different times over the course of his life. He was an avid gardener and loved trees and flowers.
He had a love of art, theatre and opera that entailed yearly trips to Abingdon and Chicago.
He was a Lutheran by faith.
Edward was preceded in death by his first grandchild, Sadie Rose Harlow; and brother, Michael Kirkpatrick Harlow.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra Hamrick Harlow; his sons, Lyle Hamrick Harlow of Chicago Ill., and Edward Lee Harlow and wife, Regina Cyzick Harlow, of Grottoes, Va., as well as two grandchildren, Eli David Harlow and Elsie Ray Harlow.
Friends may call at the home in Bridgewater, Va., at any time or at the home of Lee and Regina Harlow in Grottoes, Va., Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sadie Rose Foundation, P.O. Box 382, Dayton, VA 22821 or the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 80, Weyers Cave, VA 24486.
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, May 4, at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Va. at 11 a.m.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.