Edward “Fast Eddie” Lee Small, 79, of Newport, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at his home.

A celebration of life is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Carteret County Speedway in Peletier. Per his request, his body will be donated to science to help further Parkinson’s disease research.

Edward was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired after a long career as a civil service air craft mechanic at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. He was a Mason, loved fast cars, NASCAR and building engines. He became good friends with a special woodpecker that Eddie trained to peck on a metal plate he installed to signal it was feeding time.

Mr. Small is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Small of the home; son, Stewart Small of Ridgeland, Miss.; daughter, Teresa Hemenway of Newport; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Grace Dawson of Tarboro, Faye Rouse of Kinston and Connie Foote of Orlando, Fla.; and two brothers, Durward Small of Grifton and Ronald Small of Kinston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Seth and Maybelle Small; a sister, Nettie Small; and a brother, Ray Small.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Road North, Box 15, Charlotte, NC 28227, or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Arrangements are by Noe Funeral Service Inc. of Beaufort. Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noefs.org.

(Paid obituary)

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