Edward Smith Schoenberger ’55

Edward Smith Schoenberger ’55 passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 9 at his home in Jacksonville, Fla. The son of the late Esther and Earl Schoenberger, Sr., Schoenberger was born outside Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sep. 2, 1933. His family moved to Jacksonville in 1939, and he grew up in the St. Nicholas area. After graduation from Davidson, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-58 and retired after 19 years in the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain. He married Carol Ann Cooper of Nutley, N.J., in 1962. In 1968, he returned with Carol to Jacksonville, where he worked in the insurance business, spending the last 10 years of his career as risk manager for Atlantic Marine, Inc. He was a Jacksonville Exchange Club member and former president. His deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ guided his life. He was a devoted member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, where he served in many ways: as elder, as first-grade Sunday school teacher, as a willing volunteer to do whatever was needed. He enjoyed the time he spent visiting in nursing homes and hospitals and regular lunches with dear friends. Schoenberger had a true servant’s heart and his life exemplified the word “goodness.” Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Carol A. Schoenberger, 8649 Haverhill St., Jacksonville, FL 32211-5119; daughter, Nancy Holland (Steve); son, Neil (Alison Emery); grandchildren, Evan and Rebecca Holland, and Lindsay, Lukas, and Landry Schoenberger; brother, Earl Schoenberger ’51; sisters, Betty Walton (Frank) and Emily Wasson (John); nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.