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Second-Oldest Aggie Passes Away

Scot Walker '90 November 21, 2018 10:54 AM updated: December 10, 2018 8:52 AM

W.S. Edmonds '38 of Bryan, who was the second-oldest living former A&M student in the records of The Association of Former Students, passed away Nov. 15. 

Edmonds graduated with a bachelor's degree in agricultural administration from what was then known as the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas.

According to his obituary published on dignitymemorial.com, he worked after graduation in the cotton industry and then for the U.S. Postal Service before volunteering for the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served as a courier in Washington, D.C., New Guinea and the Pacific. After the war, he returned to the USPS, eventually retiring from the MSC Post Office on the A&M campus. He also continued to serve in the Army Reserve, eventually retiring as a major.

He married Mary Marguerite McDermott, known as Marge, in 1947, and they raised their family in College Station. After Marge passed away in 1963, he married Faye Krolczyk in 1965. She passed in 1967 and he married Eleanor Mosso, who died in 2011. 

His family said his passions were the Aggies, duck hunting, fishing and watching Gunsmoke, and that his "secret to life" was cornbread, buttermilk and a raw egg in his younger years, then cherry turnovers and V8 in his later years.

He was featured in a Bugle Call at Kyle Field in 2013; you can watch that video on Youtube.

Service Information

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 24 followed by a service at 11 a.m., both at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1515 S. College Ave. in Bryan. Burial will full military honors will follow at Bryan City Cemetery, 1111 N Texas Ave. Then a reception will follow at VFW Post 4692 at 1447 S. FM 2818 in Bryan. The family says everyone is invited to all events.

The Oldest Living Aggies

The oldest living Aggie known to The Association is Col. Tom C. "Ike" Morris '33 of San Antonio, who turned 108 in August 2018. Edmonds was 105 when he died Thursday in Brazos County. 

The oldest known Aggie after Col. Morris is now Col. Lee E. James '36 of Mesquite. He will turn 105 in January 2019. Other Aggies who are known to be 101 or older:

  • George Baram '37 of California turned 104 in May 2018.
  • William D. McMahon '40 of Longview, Texas, turned 102 in September 2018.
  • Dr. Wilmoth C. McArthur '47 of Georgia turned 101 in June 2018.

The oldest living female former student we know of is Marietta Gaffney Die '68 of Cedar Park, Texas, who turned 101 this month.

Some records in The Association's database do not include birthdates. If you have information about other former students who may be among the oldest living Aggies, please email The Association at AggieNetwork@AggieNetwork.com.

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