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The Earthly Life of Mr. Edward (Rat) Christian ended as he entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Monroe, NC.

He was born September 23, 1932 in Anson County to the late Fred Christian and Ella Watkins Christian.

He attended the public schools of Anson County and was a graduate of West Ansonville High School.  He served in the United States Army and fought in the Korean War. 

He was employed by the Department of Transportation until he retired.

He confessed Christ at an early age and joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he remained a faithful member until his illness.  His hobbies included reading the Bible, fishing and hunting with his friends.

Edward had many nicknames but most people called him “Rat.”

He was united in Holy Matrimony to Essie Mae Lindsey. He is now reunited with a daughter, Linda Davis; two sons, Michael Christian and Willie Christian (Cassandra) and ten siblings  who preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 60 years, Essie Mae Christian of the home; four daughters, Debra Mcguine (Tim) of Ansonville, NC, Betty Jean Smith (James) and Tabitha Wright both of San Diego, California and Vivian Gaddy of Ansonville, NC; two sons, Marshall Lee Christian of the home and Mitchell Christian of Indian Trail, NC; twenty-two (22) grandchildren; thirty-two (32) great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, three special cousins, Phyllis Watkins, Thelma Watkins, Nathaniel Davis; other cousins and many friends.


The Homegoing Celebration was held at 2:00pm,  Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.  Burial followed in the family plot of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Ansonville, North Carolina.

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  • Friday, February 1, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Mrs Essie we were sadden to hear of the passing of Bro Christian. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. May God's blessings be with you always. Love and Prayers
    ~ Rev& Mrs Rollins Graham   Lake Park, NC
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019
    What can you say about a man like Mr.Christian I always love to pick with him. When I would see him on porch I would asked can I find a Christian in Ansonville? He would say here I am or raise his hand and we would laugh.He will be missed and you all are in my prayers.
    ~ Pastor Anthony Ledbetter   Polkton, NC
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019
    To the Mr. Christian family. God promise one day there will be no more suffering, no more out Cry of pain and no more dying, all these things will be things of the past. (Rev.21:4.) I hope this will give you some measure of comfort, from my family to your family.
    ~ L.Culbertson
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    To the Christian Family, "For if we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus." (1 Thess. 4:14) May this promise from the Creator bring you hope and comfort during this most difficult time.
    ~ H. Gatewood   Charlotte, NC
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    May you find comfort and strength in knowing that God loves you and he cares for you, through talking to God in prayer, and from God's Word, the Bible. Psalm 36:7 says: "How precious your loyal love is, O God! In the shadow of your wings, the sons of men take refuge." Nahum 1:7; God is "a stronghold in the day of distress." He is mindful of [takes care of] those seeking refuge in him." Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 147:3; Isaiah 41:10;13)
    ~ Rachel Morton   Graham, NC
  • Monday, February 18, 2019
    We are saddened to know you are grieving the recent loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the words found in Psalms 34:18 which reads: “ Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15 Isaiah 55;11). See and imagine yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Monday, February 18, 2019
    Our warmest sympathies goes to you and yours in these difficult moments. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez