Stephen K. Edwards

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CARRSVILLE – Stephen Kurt Edwards, 69, born on August 3, 1944 in Southampton County, Virginia went to be with His heavenly Father on September 6, 2013 at the East Pavilion in Franklin. He was loved and adored by all.



Steve is survived by his wife, Sandra Ellis Edwards; daughter, Lori Edwards; stepdaughters, Shannon Whitley(Keith), Amy Claypoole Johnson (Clark); stepson, Robert Drew Claypoole (Angela); grandchildren, Tyler Whitley, Hunter Whitley, Zuri and Canaan Claypoole; sister, Trudy Atkins (Edgar) ; brother, Linwood Edwards (Betty); nephews, Rich and Jason Edwards and Ed Atkins and his beloved and dearest of friends, Dottie Harcum.

He was predeceased by his parents, William James Edwards and Margaret Bradshaw Edwards, and a niece, Sherry Holt.

Steve was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. He loved the outdoors. Many will remember him sitting under the tree in front of the East Pavilion. That was his spot. He spent many hours there visiting with staff and visitors and just enjoying the outdoors. Up until his muscle disease took away his abilities to move, he enjoyed rabbit hunting and spending time on the Nottoway River. He often would just sit by the river reflecting on life. His muscle disease took away many physical abilities but it only enhanced his kind, loving and caring heart. A truly exceptional man who touched the lives of everyone he met. He is “walking” in heaven now.

Steve was an icon at Grayson & Emma’s Garden Spot. He loved his Garden Spot family and all the people who passed through the doors.

Steve’s wishes were for his friends and family not to be saddened by his leaving but rather to pass on his legacy of love and caring for others. He enjoyed his life and had no regrets.

A celebration of his life will be held at Barrett’s Landing in Downtown Franklin on Sunday, October 6, 2013 form 2-4 PM as he requested. He wants happy faces, music playing, songs sung and memories shared.

Steve loved “We Be Jammin” and he requested memorial donations be made to the Downtown Franklin Association to be used to provide music and entertainment for something he loved so much. Gifts should be sent to 120 S. Main St., Franklin, VA 23851 c/o Dan Howe.

The family wishes to express our appreciation for the love and care provided to Steve from all the East Pavilion staff. They are some of the best and we will always treasure our relationships there.