Marion-Richard D. Edwards, age 79, of Marion, passed away Friday, July 9, 2010 at Memorial Mission Hospital. A native of McDowell County, Mr. Edwards was born May 19, 1931 and was a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Glenn Edwards. He was a member of Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church and he retired from the U.S. Air Force and Department of Corrections. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Preceding Mr. Edwards in death were his two daughters, Sandra Kay Edwards and Gwendolyn Hope Scroggins, and a brother, Arthur Edwards. Saddened by the loss of Mr. Edwards are his wife of 59 years, Ruth Frisbee Edwards, of the home; Vicki Webb, daughter and husband Robert, Richard D. Edwards Jr., son and wife Terri, Elaine Harris, daughter and husband Rev. Robert Harris; Mattheau English, Michelle Schmidt, Stacy Buchanan, Jennifer Ford, Kayla Staie, Luke Edwards, and Noelle Harris, grandchildren; Courtney, Claire, Taylor, David, Gwen, Willow and Corry, great-grandchildren; J.C., Bruce, Howard and Wayne Edwards, brothers; and Lucille Byrd and Mary Hollifield, sisters. A funeral service was held Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 2 p.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Revs. Milton Hollifield and Robert Harris officiating. The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. Interment was in Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. Full military honors were provided by the U.S. Air Force. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church, 1938 Highway 221-A, Forest City, NC 28043. An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.
Published in The McDowell News from July 13 to July 20, 2010