Colonel (Ret) Johnny Haywood Edmundson

Colonel (Ret) Johnny Haywood Edmundson

August 31, 2021, 85, Goldsboro –

With much sadness, the family of Colonel (Ret) Johnny Haywood Edmundson announces the passing of their beloved father and hero on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Johnny was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anne, our mother, just nine days earlier. We are certainly grieving our losses, but because of our hope in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are also rejoicing with Dad and Mom, as they are together again in heaven, celebrating new life in the presence of their loving Savior.

Born to the late Jack and Pauline (Hill) Edmundson, in Wayne County on September 11, 1935, Johnny grew up dreaming of serving his country as a fighter pilot. After joining the United States Air Force, he achieved that goal and while stationed in Mississippi met and fell in love with his future wife, Anne Hudson Edmundson. The loving couple shared sixty-three years of marriage together and welcomed five children into their family: Elaine, Nanci, John, Joel, and Mike. In later years they enjoyed with delight their sixteen Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Johnny will be remembered for his keen intellect, deep generosity, wonderful sense of humor, and courageous patriotism. During his service in Vietnam, flying the F-100 Super Saber, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in the face of danger while protecting US and Allied soldiers. He also served as an Instructor Pilot and throughout his career, his valor and skill were recognized with numerous decorations. Some of the countries where he and the family were posted included: Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

Johnny truly leaves behind a larger than life legacy. It is our prayer that his example of commitment to God along with his spark for adventure will live on and grow in the hearts of us all.

The Edmundson family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in the fellowship hall of Antioch Original Free Will Baptist Church in Pikeville, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. A service to celebrate Johnny’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary with Rev. Greg Stancil officiating. Internment with Full Military Honors will follow in the Eureka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Antioch OFWB Church, 1407 Antioch Road NE, Pikeville, NC 27863.

Arrangements by Seymour Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Online condolences may be written at