He was born on July 10, 1947, in Clarksdale to the late James Alex and Willie Evelyn (Fuqua) Rector.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Donna King; brothers, James Rector and Thomas Rector; and grandson, Connor Corcoran.
He is survived by a son, Edgar Albert “Bert” Rector Jr. (Stacy) of Columbus; daughters, Donna Katherine “Kasey” Corcoran (Chuck) of Lynn Haven, Fla., and Megan Powell Westby (James) of Peoria, Ariz.; a sister, MaryAnn Sparrow of Greenwood, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
Eddie was a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland and a former Allstate agent and Baskin-Robbins franchisee. He was well-known for his high school and college athletic achievements, love of music, outgoing personality, and enthusiasm for life and friendships.
A private service will be held at a later date. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.