He was born September 30, 1927, in Frio County, Schattel, Texas to Charles Edward Sadler and Mayme Elizabeth Davidson. He died August 23, 2014.
Coming from a large family, Ed began work at an early age, and was unable to complete high school. However, his education never stopped. He could work math in his head faster than those using a calculator and could look out over a pasture of hundreds of cattle and tell you exactly how many head were there. Not eligible to be in the service because of the loss of his eye at the age of 6, Ed began work at the San Antonio Stock Yard and worked there 14 years. He operated Humble Gasoline Stations, then worked as a ranch manager---his true calling. Ed had a great “eye” for cattle and horses, buying and selling many throughout his life. He lived by the cowboy code of ethics where a handshake sealed the deal. He was admired for his frankness, honesty, and integrity. As a nephew said, “Sometimes, quiet, unassuming guys like Ed don’t know what influence they have on other peoples lives.”
Ed worked in Von Ormy at the O.R. Mitchell Ranch, then moved to Seadrift, Batesville, Refugio, La Pryor, San Marcos, Wheelock, and finally Beeville---managing ranches for the Welders, BK. Johnson, the Heldenfels, and others, always taking the opportunity to “do a little better.” As he said “A poor man has to work for money, and I made changes when it was the best for my family.” Ed helped his son Joel, raise Santa Gertrudis cattle. Joel showed and won Grand Champion in Crystal City, San Antonio, and Laredo.
While walking along the streets of Lytle, Texas, Ed met Cora Mae Hester, his beloved wife of 63 1/2 years. They were introduced by a close, mutual friend. Ed and Cora spent many hours dancing the night away and loved Texas Swing, especially the music of Bob Wills. In April, they enjoyed the Fiddlers Frolic in Hallettsville, with Ed dancing with Cora and his daughter, Linda. Linda and Joel did not inherit their dad’s ability to play or sing, but certainly learned to love to dance.
Ed’s dad taught him to play the fiddle at a young age. He played and sang with his Dad and his 7 brothers and sisters, was in a band for many years, and always found people that loved to “pick and sing” wherever he and Cora lived. In the last few years, he played with good friends, with Cora fixing dinner for everyone while they played and sang. He was especially pleased that his granddaughter, Brittany, also played the fiddle. Brittany and her husband, Michael, played the fiddle and guitar Ed had given them and sang many of his favorites with him while he was in the hospital---“Waltz Across Texas,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “How Great Thou Art,” and many others.
The Brummett was Ed’s beloved family cemetery and he took care of it for the last 18 years. He installed new pipe fences, repaired and replaced headstones, built outhouses, and in the last few months, constructed a pavilion for gatherings. Ed and Cora organized a yearly Brummett Cemetery get-together, making new friends (many of which were relatives), and raising money for the care and upkeep of the cemetery. Even though officially “retired,” he spent many hours buying old tractors and other pieces of equipment, fixing them up, then selling them---never losing his love of “horse” trading.
The Ed Sadler family would to express a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Otero and his staff (as Ed said, “Dr. Otero is the greatest of the great); Mission Trail Baptist Hospital and its dedicated doctors and nurses, (Stefani, Mary, Nikki, Diane, and many others); and the many friends and family that visited, emailed, and texted. Thank you!!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brummett Cemetery, in care of Security State Bank, 200 Texas Highway 132 North, Devine, Texas 78016.
Survivors include his wife, Cora Mae Hester; daughter, Linda Cooper and her husband, Mel; son, Joel Wade Sadler and his wife, Jennifer; grandchildren, Lawson Cooper, Cameron Cooper, Brittany Guzman and her husband, Michael; Jordan Wade Sadler and Jacob Wyatt Sadler; one great-granddaughter, Kennedi Brooke Cooper; brother, Kenneth Sadler; sister, Adele Neill and husband, Leonard; beloved nieces and nephews; and NUMEROUS other family members and dear friends. Ed will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Devine from 11:00 am to service time. Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Devine with interment following at 4:30 pm in the Brummett Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, 303 W. College Ave, Devine, Texas 78016 (830) 663-4445.