Edgar

Edgar F. Klarp

The following obituary appeared in newspapers in South Carolina. They tell a bit about my uncle Edgar but not all. I called him “Dunk Dunk” from an attempt as a small child to say Uncle I think. He was one of the kindest and most caring men I have ever known. He loved his family dearly and made a point of keeping in touch, remembering birthdays, and just calling to see how everyone was doing. I got a call from him at least once a week if not more. No long conversations. He really wanted to know how we were doing. This was a regular treat to us and he called even a couple of weeks before he died.

Always a man with a joke to cheer you up he seemed to have one for every subject. If I said my arthritis was bothering me he would tell me an arthritis joke. No matter what was bothering me he could cheer me up. My cousin, his daughter, told me that he called them, his children, every day to tell them he loved them. I will miss him always as he was a very special man that I loved dearly.

Edgar Faulk Klarp, of Atlanta, devoted husband, loving father and ceaseless teller of jokes, died Friday, March 16, 2007. He was 84.

Born in Sumter (known there as Buseye Klarp), he developed lifelong friendships and was voted best dancer of his Sumter High graduating class. He was a World War II veteran, a Marine who served in the Pacific. He attended the University of South Carolina and Emory University. He worked for printing company Stecher-Trong in New York City and Baltimore, where he met and married his wife, Jean Davison Klarp. He worked for the remainder of his long career as an insurance salesman with Mutual of New York in Decatur, Ga., Transamerica/Occidental in Atlanta and then as an independent agent under the name Benefit Planners of Atlanta.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years; his three children, Grant Klarp of Portland, Ore., Margaret Barnett of Decatur, Ga., and Jessica Klarp of Black Mountain, N.C.; four grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Klarp Brown and her husband, Robert T. Brown, of Manning; nephews and nieces, Robert T. Brown Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla., Susan Andrews of Derwood, Md., and Raymond Case Jr. of Ellicott City, Md.; and many more nieces and nephews. Ed was joyful and kind to the end.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please send contributions to the National Audubon Society, 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, Attention: Chuck Nwoke, in memory of Edgar Klarp.