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Mr. Edward Louis Bleynat

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“Ed and Meredith Bleynat, Wilma and the late Earl Jones are the best neighbors we have ever had and We miss him greatly. Im so sorry. I came down with...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Tony Hawkins - Valdese, NC

“Meredith, Michelle, Ed, Emily, and family, You are all in my prayers. I am blessed to have known your family as I grew up and attended school with...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Frances Robinson - Valdese, NC

“Worked a number of years at VALDESE Hospital with Meredith and with Mr Blynant as a board member; fond memories of both hard working, devoted...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Carol Ervin - Morganton, NC

“Was saddened to read of Ed's passing...I remember fondly sharing cardiac rehab with him. You are in my prayers. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Adrian Kincaid - Lenoir, NC


Commander Edward Louis Bleynat (USN–Ret), age 84, of Valdese passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Ed was born April 18, 1935 in Valdese, North Carolina to Albert and Helen Bleynat. He graduated from Valdese High School and Lees-McRae Junior College, which he attended on basketball and academic scholarships. His high school and Junior College classmates both voted him Best All Around. He matriculated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and transferred to East Carolina University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry.
Following graduation, Ed was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. He was stationed on Guam where he flew in Superconstellation aircraft into the eyes of typhoons and met and married second grade teacher Meredith Brady of Lake Oswego, Oregon. His career continued by flying in P-3 Orions, tracking Soviet submarines. While in the Navy, Ed earned a master's degree in Personnel Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and was attending the Naval War College in New Port, Rhode Island, when several heart attacks mandated his early retirement.
With his strong will, excellent medical care, and family and community love and support, Ed lived another forty-five years after returning to Valdese. He served as board member and officer of many local and regional organizations, including the Valdese General Hospital, Carolinas Regional Medical Center, College Pines Nursing Home, the Historic Valdese Foundation, the Old Rock School Committee, and Valdese Centennial Committee. Devoted to education, he taught Economics and Business at Western Piedmont Community College. In 2018, Ed was honored by the Valdese Rotary Club, of which he was a member, with the Service Above Self award based on lifetime community service, though he mostly regarded himself as being the "recipient of help from others." Ed was proud of his family, his hometown, and his Waldenisan heritage. He was a great family member and patriot and was committed to serving veterans and his community and church.
Ed was a lifelong member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Valdese, where he served as ordained Elder (including service as Clerk of Session), Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and chaired a pastor nominating committee, as well as chairing personnel, building and grounds, and renovation committees. He was named Waldensian Presbyterian Church Man of the Year. Ed lived in the house where he was born, managed its property and buildings, and worked to keep other "Bleynat Hill" family properties in good order. He was often seen on his Ford Jubilee tractor bush hogging and scraping. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Susie Bridges, Mary Leatherman, Helen Warlick, Harriet Hastings, and brothers John Bleynat, George Bleynat, and Charlie Bleynat.
Ed, whose grandchildren renamed him "Dude," is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Meredith Brady Bleynat; children, Michelle Bleynat Bertucci (Paul) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Edward Louis Bleynat, Jr. (Anne) of Asheville, North Carolina, and five grandchildren, Web, Elizabeth, and Luke Bleynat, and Madeleine and Meredith Vessely, along with his sister, Wilma Bleynat Jones, and many beloved nieces and nephews, and their children and grandchildren.
The family will be receiving visitors on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. A graveside service will be held Saturday March 7, 2020 at 10:00AM in the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11:00AM. at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Valdese.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, earmarked for the Community Assistance Ministry or the ministry of your choice, or to the charitable organization of your choice.
The family extends its thanks to the many friends for their companionship and support, especially during recent months.