Born in Huntsville, Alabama on December 3rd, 1918. Young Ed was to grow into an all round athlete for the Huntsville High Crimson Panthers and the cadets of Marion Institute. Ed was not a one dimensional person, however. He was vice-president of his senior class (class of 37), member of the student council and business manager of the first Pierian. The broad base of experience in school was to serve him well in the future, as one of the front line civic leaders of Huntsville Madison County during its great economic expansion of the last half of the twentieth century. Ed is one of two people (Billy Joe Rowan, the other) to win the Acme Athlete of the Year Award as both a junior and senior - 1936-37. Ed played football for Coach Frank at Huntsville from 1935 to 1937. He captained the team his senior year. Ed also played basketball (35,37), baseball (36-37) and was a member of the first track and tennis teams at Huntsville. As a cadet at Marion Institute, Ed almost duplicated his athletic career of Huntsville High. He received Best Athlete of the Year Award in 1939 - Played football, basketball, baseball and again captained the football and baseball teams in 1939. Ed is a veteran of World War II (1942-45). He served with the 471st Bomb squadron. His service to this community has been instrumental in the successful development of the potent economic capability of all of North Alabama. Ed is married to the former Dean Knox and they have two daughters: Dottie Mitchell Cozzens of Norcross, Georgia, and Trudy Mitchell Home of Grenada, Mississippi.