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Edward P. Sterling

February 27, 1930 ~ November 12, 2017 (age 87)

Edward P. Sterling, a longtime resident of Columbia, MD passed away on November 12, 2017 at Medstar Montgomery Hospital at the age of 87.  He was born on February 27, 1930 to the late Saluthiel W. and Lucille V. Sterling in Terra Alta, West Virginia.  Following high school he served a 4 year term in the U.S. Air Force, before marrying the love of his life and starting a family of eight children.

Edward is described by his family as a very hard worker.  He worked as a self-employed tile contractor for over 50 years before retiring. Although a private man, Edward loved spending time with his wife and family. He enjoyed his cross country road trips with his family. He was always the first one packed and ready to go to his next adventure. He also loved a good seafood dinner and occasional Coors Light.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years Thelma “Betty” Sterling; loving children Nancy Clark (Gregory), Linda Melton, Cathy Miller (Bill), Eddie Sterling (Brenda), Greg Sterling, Mike Sterling (Gail), Roger Sterling (Tara), and Pamela Eslin (Robby); cherished grandchildren Tabatha, Niki, Carla, Stacy, Michael, Christie, Mary, the late Little Eddie, Mark, Justin, Little Greg, Laura, Anthony, Jeanna, Jennifer, Sammi, Megan, Cassidy, Brian, Nicholas, Clint, Ashley, Kayla; siblings Betty McKelrath, Wally, Joe, Ron, and Shirley Murphy,  and the late Max Sterling and Gerald Murphy. He is also survived by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 


He will be greatly missed.



 Service Information

November 15, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

Funeral service and burial will be private with family only

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