Paul A. Edwards Jr.

Published 11:19 am Thursday, May 31, 2018

BOYKINS — Paul Aaron Edwards Jr., 71, passed away on May 28, 2018.

Paul A. Edwards Jr.

Born and raised in Boykins, he was the son of the late Paul A. Edwards Sr. and Cleora “Cleo” Griffin Edwards.

Paul was a 1967 graduate of Southampton High School, and served as a cook in the Navy from 1967-1971 aboard the USS Marius.

He was the floral designer and owner of Boykins Florist & Gifts for over 30 years, a member of Boykins United Methodist Church, and was active in the Franklin Little Theater.

He also volunteered with the Food Bank of Southeast Virginia, ran the food pantry at the church, and decorated the Chrismon tree at the church with all handmade ornaments since the 1970s.

Left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Jonna Edwards of Boykins and Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer (Bill) of Portsmouth; two grandsons, Jackson and Myles Edwards-Bodmer; one sister, Linda Beatty of Boykins; and former wife, Barbara B. Edwards of Portsmouth.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, in Boykins United Methodist Church with Pastor Kyle Bass and the Rev. Michael Baugham officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. After the burial, the reception will be in the church fellowship hall.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Boykins, and suggests that memorial donations be made to Franklin Cooperative Ministries, Boykins Fire and Rescue or Boykins United Methodist Church.