Edward Paul Wooten went to see His Savior peacefully at Liberty Hospital on November 8, 2017 in Liberty, MO, one week short of his 83rd birthday. Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maudenia, of Liberty, MO; daughter Elaine (and her family) of Liberty, MO; daughter Denise (and her family) of Argyle, Texas; daughter Cindy (and her family) of Excelsior Springs, MO; and son Vance (and his family) of Kansas City, MO. Ed is additionally survived by his 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, his sisters Mary and Linda of North Carolina, and brothers Roger of Colorado and Kenny of Oregon.
Ed was born on Nov 19, 1934 in Kansas City, MO, to Isom and Emma Wooten. He graduated from William Jewell College with a degree in Greek/Sociology. He also attended Hannibal-LaGrange College, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Ed and Denia met in St. Louis, MO, and married in 1957. Ed had a varied and interesting work career, which continued right up until the week before he died. His primary professions were as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister and as a Probation/Parole Officer for various jurisdictions, (including the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary and Jackson County, MO). After his “retirement” from his professional careers, Ed could not be idle and reinvented himself as a Snow Plow Operator, Tomato Farmer, Car Rental Shuttle Bus Driver, and his personal favorite: Dirt Delivery Man (“Dirt Men Don’t Lie!”).
Ed Wooten never knew a stranger, interacting with a myriad of people as he went about his life, usually connecting through humor. He was endlessly interested in the lives of others, was at his best when others needed him, and showed generosity to a fault. Ed was also accomplished at singing, with his beautiful tenor voice. In 1982, he recorded a gospel album entitled “Ed Wooten Sings.” Ed was passionate about The Herriman Jewell Classical Music Concert Series, as well as the Gaither Vocal Band. He also enjoyed the beauty of nature, traveled extensively across the United States, and collected antique tea cups after inheriting several from his aunt.
Visitation is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Pisgah Baptist Church, Excelsior Springs, MO with a graveside service to follow at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. Pastor Doug Richey will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ed’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The family is so appreciative of all who came to visit Ed during his final days and were blessed by the attentive care he received during his stay at Liberty Hospital.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Isaiah 26:3
Our Sincere Condolences
I will miss you grandpa, grandma, thanks for being so strong through all of this. Praying for you through this all. love you.
RIP my good friend and neighbor. Gone but never forgotten.
Grandpa Dare, Darla, Tracey, and I will have to pass on stories of tractor rides, playing in the dump truck and dump trailer, playing on dirt piles made just for us, you teaching us how to blow bubbles in milk… Lol along with garden stories. You will always be loved and missed please take care of my son up in Heaven.