John Edmondson (Baltimore Sun )
John Edward Edmondson, a retired sales executive and merchandiser, died April 18 of pancreatic cancer at his Catonsville home. He was 79.
The son of a steelworker and a homemaker, Mr. Edmondson was born and raised in Cincinnati. After graduating from Withrow High School, he enlisted in the Army and served with an infantry unit in Korea during the war.
After he was discharged from the service, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1957 from Ohio State University.
He worked as a postal mail carrier until 1959, when he took a job as a property manager for Lucas and Anderson Property Management.
Mr. Edmondson moved to Lochearn in 1964, when he joined House of Seagrams as a liquor and spirits salesman. In 1967, he went to work for the Reliable Liquor Co. as a salesman, and eventually became vice president of sales.
He left the company in 1979 and returned to Cleveland, where he owned and operated an Arco Mini Mart franchise until 1986, when he moved to Catonsville and took a job as a merchandiser for Kraft Foods.
He retired in 2009.
He was a member of the Baltimore Marketing Association and Toastmasters. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
"His hobbies were Toastmasters and reading," said his daughter, Pamela Edmondson of Albuquerque, N.M.
Mr. Edmondson was an active member of New Psalmist Baptist Church, 6020 Marian Drive, Baltimore, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Edmondson is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Mary K. Jones; two sons, Michael Edmondson of Columbia and Jon Edmondson of Marriottsville; a brother, Calvin Edmondson of Atlanta; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.