MOUNT AIRY — Mr. Arnold Edward “Ed” Marion, 83, of Mount Airy, passed from this life, surrounded by his loving wife and children, as God sent the most beautiful sunset for us to see at 5:38 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson. He was born in Surry County on March 16, 1929, to the late Arnold Sebastian and Sally Leah Easter Marion. Mr. Marion was a charter member and deacon of Pleasant View Baptist Church for over 50 years. His faith in God and family made him a strong, loving and wonderful example of what a father, husband and grandfather should be. Mr. Marion retired from Duke Power Company in 1984 after 30 years of service. He loved his family and being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He treasured spending time with them, fishing and taking vacations to the beach. Mr. Marion appreciated tools and the art of making furniture. He made each of his family members a special piece of furniture and a cutting board, crafted by his loving hands. Mr. Marion loved helping his son, Scott with his landscaping business and digging trenches with his favorite tool, “his trencher.” He always was there helping anyone in need. When someone would come to ask him for something, he would jokingly respond with, “it’ll cost you a quarter.” He built a wonderful loving home and family that consisted of three children, six grandchildren and six-great grandchildren. “He was the driving force for his family to make us all want to do the best we could do through hard work, love of God and family.” Mr. Marion is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Annabelle Hiatt Marion of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Lane Hawks of Mount Airy and Debby and Rick Beasley of Greensboro; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward Scott and Pam Marion of Ararat, Va.; grandchildren and spouses, Dr. Jennifer Christian Smith and husband, Doug, Julie Seivers Newton and husband, Matthew, Donna Christian Stovall and husband, Chris, Joni Seivers, Lindsay Seivers Stanley and husband, Jon, Ryan Seth Marion; great-grandchildren, Aidan Christopher Stovall, Mattison Grace Newton, Carter Logan Smith, Emma Katherine Stovall, Jordan Elizabeth Newton, and expecting Parker Annabelle Stanley in two weeks; and a sister, Joy Lee Goad. In addition to his parents, Mr. Marion was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth M. Easter; and two brothers, Robert Marion and Lester Marion. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Pleasant View Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Parks officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to be made in memory of Mr. Marion, to the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.