Edsel D. Edwards, son of the late Everett Edwards and Nellie Ray Edwards, was born on Feb. 1, 1926, near Bloomfield and died in the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center at Poplar Bluff on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at the age of 78.
Mr. Edwards was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp serving in World War II, a former mechanic at Sigler Chevrolet in Dexter, the former sheriff of Stoddard County from 1969-1972, a former truck driver for Duty Trucking Company in Bloomfield, a former employee of Mayo Feed Mill in Bloomfield, a 50-year-member of Bloomfield Masonic Lodge #153, and a resident of rural Bloomfield.
He was united in marriage to Helen Tiller on Dec. 24, 1947, at Piggott, Ark. Mrs. Edwards survives of the home near Bloomfield.
Besides his wife, survivors include one son, Larry Edwards of Mansfield, Ohio; two brothers, Harvey Edwards and Bryce Edwards, both of Flint, Mich.; one sister, Delma Obards of Bloomfield; and two grandsons.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Edwards; and two sisters, Vinnie Hopkins and Veda Edwards.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Lambert officiating.
Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.