Edwin Wesley Silas, 85, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at home under
the care of two wonderful granddaughters who are nurses, Jaren Silas Curry and Heather Silas,
along with Hospice Advantage. The family would also like to thank Lisa Hurt, Pamela Sheridan,
and Paul DuBroc for their care of Mr. Silas during his battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Ed was born in Cadwell, Georgia, on March 13, 1929, to the late Edger Wesley and
Bayne Coleman Silas. Ed married Mary Lou Johns Silas on March 3, 1951, and enjoyed 63 years
of marriage to the love of his life.
Ed was a member of the Air Force from 1948 through 1968, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. During his military service, he served one tour of duty in Vietnam.
After retiring from military service, Ed began a career with the United States District
Court, serving as Chief Deputy Clerk and retiring in 1988 as Deputy Courtroom Clerk to the
Honorable B. Avant Edenfield.
Throughout Ed's lifetime, he was devoted to service to others. As his three boys were
growing up, he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, leading all three boys to become
He was past president of the Lions Club; a member of Zerubbabel Lodge # 15, F. & A.M's, the3 Scottish Rite Consistory, Valley of Savannah, the York Rite Commandery, a member of the
Director's Staff of the Alee Shrine Temple; a member of the Red Cross team that welcomed
troops home from the battlefield; and a Chatham County Commissioner from 1990 to 1992.
Ed Silas was a member of Southside Baptist Church, serving as superintendent of the
Senior Adult Sunday School Department; program director for seniors; Sunday school teacher;
Along with his parents, he is predeceased in death by his brothers, John C. Silas and Rev.
H. Clayton Silas; and his youngest son, David Samuel Silas.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Silas of Savannah; two sons, Steven W. Silas (Janet)
of Guyton and John M. Silas (Diane) of Metter; six grandchildren, Jaren Curry (Justin), Heather
Silas, John Silas, Jr. (Brittany), Steven Wesley Silas, Jr. (Alisha), Christopher Silas, and Samantha Silas; and eight great-grandchildren, Bailee, Grey, John, Camryn, Harrison, David, Colton, and Elayna.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Fairhaven Funeral Home – Hubert C. Baker Chapel, 7415 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, Ga 31406.
Funeral Services: 1 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at Southside Baptist Church, 5502 Skidaway Road, with Dr. Allan W. Bosson and Rev. Jerry Claxton presiding.
Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, with Full Military Honors being conducted by the US Air Force, from Charleston, S.C.
Mr. Silas will be taken to the church to lie in state at 11 a.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be given to Southside Baptist Church, 5502 Skidaway Road, Savannah, Ga 31406, or Hospice Advantage.