Former teacher passes away

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:37 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A man who taught at Freedom High School in the 1970s and 80s and went on to work in Hollywood has died.

Edward Louis Grady, 89, passed away Monday at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C.

Grady was born Aug. 31, 1923, in Kinston, and was a veteran of the Air Force and served during World War II.

Following the end of the war, Grady studied theater and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to teach English in New York and ran a photo workshop at Columbia University before coming to Morganton and Freedom.

“Ed Grady was a super person, I was his supervisor,” the Rev. W.F. McIntosh said, retired school administrator.

McIntosh said Grady worked at the high school into the 70s and served as a drama, TV production and English teacher.

“He was an inspirational person and (students) had pride in being in his classes and plays,” McIntosh said. “He was very interested in student’s performance, in their classroom performance.”

Grady went on to perform in various television and film roles including “A Simple Twist of Fate,” “Children of the Corn II & III,” “Matlock” and others.

Grady was preceded in death by his first wife, Jayne Elliot Grady, and is survived by his wife of 27 years, Carolyn F. Ramsay of Columbia; two children and two step children.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Columbia.