James Edward “Ed” Baugh, 80, completed his earthly journey on Jan. 14, 2020.
Mr. Baugh was born in Williamson County to the late David Lewis and Ethel Baugh.
He was educated in the Williamson County Schools system and graduated from Franklin Training School in 1960, where he received the Best Citizenship Honor Award. He united in holy matrimony to Mary Hardison in September 1963, and during their 56 years, God blessed them with two children.
Ed was employed as a porter with custodial duties for Franklin Main Street Merchants, Williamson County Bank and Williamson County Hospital; an upholsterer at Jamison Bedding; laborer in construction and brick masonry; and owner and operator of commercial cleaning service Durango Boot Company and Bell Construction Company while working at CSX Railroad, where he retired as a mechanic and welder.
He exemplified his father’s work ethic by constantly quoting him, saying, “If you sit down, you'll go down.” He loved recalling the days of his work experiences and especially his co-workers at CSX. Upon retiring, he devoted much time to lawn care and landscaping — he loved working outdoors.
Ed accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of lifelong friend and classmate Elder Adrian Wheeler at Green Street Church of God. Ed served on the usher board there. He later moved his membership to Locust Ridge Primitive Baptist Church under the leadership of Elder Jasper Hatcher, serving as an usher and on the security team until his illness in February 2018.
He was preceded in death by brothers, David L. Jr. and Bradley Baugh, and sister, Christine Baugh.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Mary Ruth Baugh; daughter, MaLisa Thompson; son, Kevan (Tosha) Baugh; grandchildren, Kayla C. Blakely, Xavier Baugh, Jalen Baugh and Ashten and Amelia Baugh; brother, Robert L. Baugh; sisters, Mary Frances Allen and Gwendolyn (Thomas) Bright; aunts, Emma Hooten and Rebecca Lane; uncle, James Bernard Baugh; sisters-in-law, Margaret (Orlando) Davis and Eddie Hardison; nine nieces; and six nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Locust Ridge Primitive Baptist Church, located at 4991 Murfreesboro Rd. in Arrington. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Locust Ridge Primitive Baptist Church.
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 615 794-2289 williamsonmemorial.com