|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1981|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 2010|
PHARO, EDMOND GEORGE, III, age 28, died on February 13, 2010 at his home in Hoover, AL. "Eddie" was born in Savannah, GA and lived most recently in Birmingham, AL. He was baptized at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church on December 27, 1981. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Sarah Monaghan Stapleton. He is survived by his parents, Larry and Catherine Stapleton Pharo of Birmingham; his sister, Elizabeth Pharo of Atlanta, GA; his paternal grandparents, Edmond and Gen Pharo of Birmingham; and several aunts and uncles. He is also survived by cousins Shawn Pharo, Jason Pharo, Lauren Pharo, Jesse Armstrong, Elizabeth Armstrong Laurin, Jeff Armstrong, Kevin West, Alan West, Cristen West Younts, Thomas Taylor, Michael Taylor, and Patricia Taylor McDevitt. The funeral service was celebrated on Wednesday, February 17 at 10:00 am at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church. The family received visitors at the church on Tuesday, February 16 from 5-7 pm with a Trisagion Prayer Service at 7:00 pm. Burial was at Elmwood.
The following tribute to Eddie was written by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor of Troy University:
Attending the funeral of a friend, especially a young one, is more than a time of mourning, it is also a time for serious introspection. What do we seek from life? What constitutes success? As I sat in the church at the services for Eddie Pharo on 17 Feb 2010, I reflected upon those questions and was reminded of the following words I wrote at age 17:
For what good is life for which we labor so.
What success do we seek, which our results will show.
How may we arrive at that one deciding point,
That point which reveals the results of our sow?
After almost five decades I have concluded the measure of a man is not what's in his financial portfolio, but what's in his heart. I have attended the funerals of corporate giants where there was not a wet eye in the church. The "results of the sow" of these men were indifference, callousness, and self-centeredness.
Henry David Thoreau said: "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." At the service for Eddie Pharo I saw a multitude of family and friends who were grief-stricken, who felt a palpable sense of loss because this good young man was gone from their lives.
This sense of loss is captured by Eddie's friends on a Facebook page dedicated to his memory. The site, which has more than 200 members, includes several moving tributes. Here is a sampling:
• "Someone who lit up the room and made you feel like you were his best friend."
• "It was impossible to be in a bad mood around Ed."
• "His heart was always open; his emotions always genuine."
• "His love for his family and friends knew no bounds. He loved his mother, Cathy, and father, Larry, more than they might ever know."
These words paint a picture of a young man of integrity who loved his family, who cared deeply about his friends, and who made others feel better about themselves. In short, these words describe a successful man.
When we pass from this world may all of us be so lucky as to inspire the love and respect that Eddie Pharo inspired in others. I shall not forget Eddie's funeral. Nor shall I forget the feelings evident in the faces of those who loved him.
May God Bless the Memory of His Devoted Son Eddie Pharo.
Jack Hawkins, Jr.
"This for Eddie"
Lord, take this grief from us
Place it into some dark abyss for now
Restore our loving joy through faith
As on the first moment he was kissed upon his brow.
Our days pass in a brief, sometimes troubled storm
A tempest mortals seldom see
Our God through time will heal this sorrow
Eddie's soul abides with you, his memory still with me.
william p. gresham
February 17, 2010
Created by: Rick Bryant
Record added: Feb 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48522111
Eddie, you were too young when you left us. May the Lord always comfort your family and friends... Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.|
Added: May. 22, 2010
Neil B (John 3:16)
Added: Apr. 27, 2010
Added: Feb. 22, 2010