RINGGOLD — Edward R. (Ed) Vickrey, 83, of Ringgold, Georgia, passed away on September 24, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 2, 1935 to Raymond Ellis and Millie Myrtle Vickrey. He was member of First Baptist Church of Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Garrison Edward Thurman. Survivors include his wife of 65 years Mary Anita, daughters Mary Angela Shuster, Kelly Diane Greene, Leslie Renee (Steve) Blackwell, son Edward (Ed) R, (Annette) Vickrey Jr., granddaughter Mary Kathleen Shuster, grandsons David Harrison Shuster, Joshua Connor Vickrey, and Nicholas Fielding Thurman. Ed graduated from Chattanooga Central High School in 1953. He held a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Masters degree from the University of Tennessee, and a Specialist in Administration and Supervision degree from West Georgia College. Ed spent much of his younger life devoted to music in the retail music business, first working in band instrument sales with Al Miller Music Store, then as owner/partner of Mr. Music in Eastgate Center. Selling his interest in the store to his partner, Ed began his second career in 1973 as a teacher at Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe High School, spending most of his nearly 30 year tenure as teacher, vocational supervisor, principal, and finance director/assistant superintendent in the Catoosa County Schools, retiring in 1998 as superintendent of schools. For a brief period during that time he served as night coordinator, then president, of Walker Technical School, now known as Northwestern Technical College. Following his retirement he served on the Tax Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission in Catoosa County, later filling in as an interim county manager for a brief period. To satisfy his long-time love of music he played in the MidSouth Symphonic Band and church orchestra until 2016 when he finally gave up playing the trumpet at age 80. Visitation will be 4-6 PM Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home in Ft. Oglethorpe. There will be a private family funeral at Lakeview Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catoosa County Children's Fund. PO Box 130 Ringgold, GA 30736 Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.