Raleigh W. Edwards

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 26, 2008

SMITHFIELD—Raleigh William Edwards,, affectionately known as “Pop” was born July 19, 1925, in Isle of Wight County to the late Fred and Sarah Tynes-Edwards.

Mr. Edwards attended Isle of Wight Training School and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. Raleigh proudly and courageously served his country during World War II, where he was awarded four Battle Stars and a Good Conduct medal.

Upon returning to his hometown of Smithfield, he married the love of his life, Goldie Johnson. Their union spanned the test of time, with 62 blissful years. From this union, they were blessed with four children, Willie, Catherine, Alvin and Gale.

He was employed at Smithfield Foods for 26 years. He also was a successful brick mason. His love for his community was exemplified by his years of dedicated service to Union Bethel AME Church, where he faithfully served as a Pro-Temp of the Steward Board and on the usher board.

He was an active member of the Mason Lodge Antioch #6 in Isle of Wight County.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Catherine Edwards Bradby; brothers, James and Fred Edwards; and sisters, Maggie Hill and Beatrice Hayes.

On June 19, 2008, Raleigh went home to be with the Lord.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories his loving and devoted wife, Goldie Johnson Edwards; three children, Willie Edwards (Marion) of Ivor, Alvin Edwards (Denise) of Smithfield and Gale Taliaferro (Rowland) of Smithfield; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at Union Bethel AME Church.

Interment was in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk.

Arrangements were by Pretlow & Chapman Funeral Home.