Edward A. Colden

April 5, 1931 - November 18, 2022

04/05/1931 - 11/18/2022

Past Services

Sunday December 04, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday December 05, 2022
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Monday December 05, 2022
12:00 pm
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
757-461-4054 | Directions

Edward A. Colden, 91 of Virginia Beach passed away peacefully on November 18, 2022. Born in Portsmouth, Va he was the son of George E. Colden and Margaret Colden Lomick. He was predeceased by his first wife Naomi P. Colden, a sister Alice Colden and his daughter Alexcia Colden. He is survived by his wife Eva Baker­Colden; daughters Jacqueline Thweatt and Margaret Colden and sons Edward Colden and Daniel Curry; grandchildren Travis Stanfield, Amanda Stanfield, Zachery Thweatt, Ariel Thweatt, Sean Colden, Trevor Colden, and KeKoa Colden. He is also survived by sister Fratius Johnson, brother George H. Colden and many nieces, nephews and his Cardio Rehab family.

After graduating from I.C.Norcum High School Ed entered the US Air Force and made a career as a medical tech. He worked at the 3450th and the 7100th USAF hospitals. He was with the 820 Medical Group (SAC), the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing/11th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron (MAC) from Scott AFB with the DC 9 Nightingale. He retired as a MSGT. After military service he obtained a BS degree in biology from Norfolk State University and worked at Sears in major appliances until he retired after 26 years.

Ed truly enjoyed life by being a connoisseur of soup and a music aficionado. His days at Cardio Rehab were always filled with music and lots of singing.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mary Baker, Dr. Gunawardena, Dr. Gottimukkala and Dr. Leilanie Gonzalez for truly caring and being interested in Ed’s health throughout the years.

Viewing will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 between 4 – 6 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel on Rouse Dr in Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 at 11 am at Altmeyer. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with full military honors. A reception will be held back at Altmeyer after the burial.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to the
Food bank of SE Virginia PO Box 1940 Norfolk, Va 23501.

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Daniel Curry
11 months ago

Thank you for the moments we shared. Rest In Peace!

Sharon DeRamus-Epps
11 months ago

Jackie, Margaret and Junior, your father has passed on to his next journey, but what both your Father and Mother(Naomi) encouraged, nurtured and instilled in you, that will never depart.  They gave you more than the gift of life…they gave of themselves; as you will give to your nuclear family. I love you all as my siblings and I pray God will continue to comfort you through your times of grieving. Love you all so much! Sharon (“Shake”).  

Margaret Colden
1 year ago

I am sure I will be too emotional today to speak, but I wanted to thank all of Dad’s friends and our family who are/were able to attend the Viewing and the Funeral Service. It is a testament to his extroverted and kind personality that he had so many friends from all walks of life. I could not have had a better father who showed me how to go after my dreams by his fortitude in whatever he pursued. A great example of his dogged determination was his goal of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Norfolk State University at night while he was working full-time, raising four kids, all after his 20-year Air Force career. Well done, Dad! I am going to miss our lively discussions about everything!

Joyce Colden
1 year ago

My sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of Edward. May the Lord provide you comfort and peace.

Dr Mary W. Colden
1 year ago

On behalf of the members of my family, I would like to extend our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences. We have been in prayer for you since the day we received the news of Edward’s homegoing. Though this must be a difficult time, it is our fervent prayer that God will undergird you and all who knew and loved Edward with His grace. We trust that God hold you in His loving arms, fill your hearts and thoughts with precious memories, renew your strength and give you the peace that passes all comprehension. We shall continue to pray for you.

Christine MacPherson
1 year ago

So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing Thinking of you Eva, especially at this difficult time. ❤️🙏

Reesa Bloom
1 year ago

Mel and I are so saddened to learn of Ed’s passing. He was such a kind and great neighbor. We were lucky to know him, and you. Hang tough. ( but he got his bachelors in biology so he could work at sears! Lol)

Majella (Midge ) Ryan
1 year ago

Eva, As I said before I was honored to be his best man. he was one of the best people I have ever met. Truly a great gentleman and he will be missed.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
1 year ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Edward A. Colden, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Air Force Veteran, Edward A. Colden, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

1 year ago

I will miss you my dearest brother in-law until we meet again in heaven. There will alway be a green bean casserole at thanksgiving in your honor at our house. Love you forever and always