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William Edwin Dearing, 78

William Edwin Dearing of Winchester passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Sunday, Nov.15, 2020, at the age of 78.

A native of Kentucky, he was the son of the late Deward Dearing and Rachel Hatton Dearing. Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Deward and Shrepta Dearing; as well as two sisters, Jean Dearing Crowell and Emma Dearing Bowman, and one brother, James “Jimmy” Dearing.

Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Judy Sama Dearing; his children, Jeff Dearing, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Laura Dearing Carignan, Georgetown, Kentucky; and Mark (Melanie) Dearing, Catlettsburg, Kentucky; one sister, Carol (Ollie) Wallace, Lexington, Kentucky; six grandchildren: Amber Dearing, Micah Brown, Alex Carignan, and Clay, Lydia and Blake Dearing; and nieces and nephews.

Ed served our country in the U.S. Navy. Throughout his adult life he was an avid fisherman, enjoyed golf and Kentucky Wildcats Basketball.

He was an active member at Central Baptist Church involved in choir, leading Bible classes and missions. In 2001, he moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, where Ed became active at First Baptist Church. He was a choir member, involved in missions, served as a deacon, taught men’s Bible class and served in Prison Ministry. Upon returning to Winchester in 2015, Ed returned to Central Baptist and was active in choir, prison ministry and led a men’s Bible class.

Ed was passionate about sharing his faith, specifically that Jesus loves you and the plan of salvation. He loved reading his Bible and studying scriptures. He was a man of prayer, believing in the power of prayer and praying for others. Ed is where he lived his life to be — in the presence of the God he loves and served faithfully for many years here on earth. His celebration of life will point to the one he loved more than anything.

Services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at Central Baptist Church, 101 W. Lexington Ave., Winchester, KY 40391 by Pastor Mark Dearing.

Burial will be on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

Family will receive friends at Central Baptist Church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Arrangements made by Scobee Funeral Home.