AVERA, Ed­win Mar­lin,

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93, passed away on Satur­day, May 2, 2020, at the Her­mitage Rich­mond. Born Oc­to­ber 28, 1926 in Val­dosta, Ge­or­gia, he was the son of the late James Daniel and Min­neola Hall Avera; and was also pre­ceded in death by his twin sis­ter, Myr­tis Avera How­ell; brother, Daniel Avera; and sis­ters, Martha Hix­son and He­len Cho­quett. Ed­win grad­u­ated Val­dosta High School, where he played the tuba in the march­ing band. Af­ter 24 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice to his coun­try, Ed­win re­tired as a Ma­jor from the United States Air Force. He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Omaha and went to work in civil ser­vice as a sys­tems an­a­lyst for the United States Army at Fort Lee for 17 years be­fore re­tir­ing. Ed­win also flew for Aero In­dus­tries at Byrd Field in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia. Fly­ing was al­ways his pas­sion and it be­gan with model air­planes when he was 11 years old. Even­tu­ally, he and a friend owned a "Mooney" air­craft to­gether that was used for many happy trips. Ed was a faith­ful mem­ber of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Peters­burg Lions Club, Na­tional So­journ­ers, Ma­sonic Lodge #3 and sev­eral model air­plane clubs. He is sur­vived by his lov­ing and de­voted wife of 68 years, Nancy Nol­ley Avera; and two chil­dren, Al­lan Daniel Avera and wife, Marise and Donna Lee Hunter and hus­band, Ron­ald. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate. In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 225 Clare­mont St., Peters­burg, Va. 23805, or your lo­cal SPCA. Funeral ar­range­ments are be­ing han­dled by the Peters­burg Chapel of J.T. Mor­riss and Son Funeral Homes. Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www.jt­mor­riss.com.

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