EDITORIAL: Remembering Ed Paschal

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Do you know who coined what was used as Lee County’s official slogan for many years?

The slogan, “Committed today for a better tomorrow,” can still be seen on signs entering into Lee County. The author of the slogan was Nathan E. “Ed” Paschal, who served the county as a commissioner for 20 years. 

Paschal, who passed away earlier this week, was an honorable public servant about whom much can be said. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Following his stint in the military, Paschal was an employee of Roberts Company and Eaton Corporation. He was a member of Carbonton United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of Northwest Pocket Fire Department and he was a member of the Sanford Lions Club.

He was a devoted family man, as he and his wife Betty celebrated 60 years of marriage. He was a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. 

Those who have been treated to one of Paschal’s delicious peach cobblers will never forget that delightful experience.

He had an appreciation for history — and an appreciation for the county he loved and served. 

Regardless of your political leanings, no one could dispute that Ed Paschal cared about this county and never let politics get in the way of what he believed was the right thing to do.

The remembrance of Paschal by Herb Hincks, who served as chairman of the Lee County Board of Commissioners during Paschal’s time on the board, was as fine a testimony as anyone could have. Hincks said of Paschal: “Ed was loved by everybody that he met. I think if you knocked on every door in Lee County, you would not find anyone that would say anything bad about Ed. He was a real gentleman.” 

Another person who knew Paschal well was Gaynell Lee, clerk to the board of commissioners. She said of Paschal, “He was a soft-spoken man who didn’t talk much in meetings, but when someone called and needed help, he would do it right away.”

Ed Paschal will be remembered for many reasons, but especially for his service in looking after the concerns of the people of the county he loved.