Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Edward Luther Efird

Edward Luther Efird, 74, of Albemarle passed away peacefully at Novant Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte on Saturday, March 10.  His funeral service will be at 2 PM Friday, March 16, 2018, at St. Martin Lutheran Church with Rev. Stephen Rust officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full Military Rites conducted by the Stanly County DAV Ritual Team. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 until 1:30 prior to the funeral service.

Mr. Efird was born on March 13, 1943 in Stanly County to the late Luther Brooks Efird and Maggie Lee Efird.  He was a long-time farmer and worked in the family business at Efird’s Nursery and Landscaping and Efird’s Rifle Range.  He was a veteran of the US Army and Mr. Efird was a long-time member of St. Martin Lutheran Church where he formerly served in the choir and on the church council.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 54 years, Bernita Efird; two children, Janna Efird Shaver and Landon Efird; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his brother Joseph L. Efird.


  • Lynette Norton Goodman Posted March 11, 2018 10:04 pm

    So sorry to hear this, Edward was a great man. He was always so helpful we I would come to the nursery. Prayers for the family 🙏

  • chesterlewis Posted March 12, 2018 12:23 pm

    Bernita sorry that i have not got to see you.i will miss edward always . enjoyed seeing him and just talking about old times, God bless you and the family.

  • Freda Huneycutt Posted March 12, 2018 12:41 pm

    Bernita, Janna, Landon so sorry to hear of Edwards passing. Edward was a special person, full of laughter, love, hope and faith. He will truly missed. I am on the road, and not at home. I wanted to let you know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. He is walking the streets of gold now with Jesus by his side.

  • Margaret Owens Posted March 12, 2018 6:03 pm

    Landon so sorry to hear of Edwards passing. You are all inn my thoughts and prayers

  • Sharon Thompson Posted March 12, 2018 10:57 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. He and Joe did landscaping for us on two of our new homes and they both were so kind and helpful . You all are in my prayers. God bless.

  • Greg & Krista Dennis Posted March 13, 2018 10:29 am

    Our prayers and condolences go out to all of the Efird family. Mr. Efird was always more than willing to go out of his way to assist or help anyone. He will deeply be missed by all.

  • Robin Efird Clark Posted March 16, 2018 11:28 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Edward he was such a wonderful person. He always had something good to say no matter what. I will always remember the good times from my child hood about how Edward loved to pick on me. I know he will be missed. You are in my prayers.

  • Rambo Posted May 5, 2018 12:39 am

    Ed was one of the nicest men i had ever met in the stanco area, often times sharing his personal experiences with me to help me better understand the system that we all live in today. Not a time went by that he never offered a handshake or a hello. When i first came to the county i was treated with no respect and looked down on by most.
    When i was reffered to his prvt business at his residence i was greeted with no sore eyes. He was always in the best mood regardless of his pain and frustrations. My favorite memory of Ed was the day he spotted for me. He gave me advice and tips regardless of whether i wanted them or not lol..
    I only recently learned this news, but im more than confident that he got to where he needed to go and was greeted by his god.

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