Edward Lamar Ramey was affectionately known as “Ed”, “Big Ed”, or “Mountain”. He was born on September 13, 1955 to Walter and Mable Ramey in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the youngest of five siblings, all of whom are deceased. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and joined the Army in 1973. He served in many capacities while serving in the army, including fireman and pilot. While on active duty, he achieved rank of Sergeant. While he was in the army he was briefly married to Eureka Jennings.
After his discharge, he served in the Army Reserves and the Civil Air Patrol while working at Emory University as a mechanic. He would often share his love for the Army and how he was particularly happy to have flown over the Swiss Alps to view the beautiful countryside where the movie “The Sound of Music” was filmed.
Ed loved his family and would often share how the youth could get scholarships to attend college. He would often write down the names of family members so that they would all know each other as much as possible. In the community, Ed would encourage young people to train for the Army and supported them in many Army related activities. He studied Criminal Justice for several years. He loved to entertain his friends by going out to eat and cooking different recipes, especially from dad’s garden. He especially loved to barbecue. He also loved to walk, fly planes, and drive cars and trucks.
After Ed progressively showed signs of Alzhiemer’s disease in 2016, he moved to Huntsville, Alabama to be in the care of his niece Etete Agbabune Torres. Edward Lamar Ramey was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Ramey, sister Barbara, brothers Robert, Marvin, and Douglas.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Linda Ramey (Douglas); nephew, Douglas Jr.; niece, Kiantra Ramey Butler (Leo) and their children, Ethel Renee Ramey Johnson and her sons, Falcoe and Nicholas; nephew, Andre Ramey and his daughter Andrea; niece Etete Agbabune Torres and her sons Joshua and Juan; a host of other family members, uncles, aunts, and cousins. He also leaves to mourn his passing many dear friends and loved ones who remained true to the end.
The funeral service for Mr. Edward Lamar Ramey will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Royal Chapel of Memories (4315 Oakwood Avenue NW, Huntsville, AL 35810) with Pastor Michael Ross, Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Memorial Gardens.
Public viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2024, and 8:30 until 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Royal Funeral Home.