Hoen McGuire “Mac” Edwards Jr.

Published 6:02 pm Friday, July 19, 2019

ZUNI — Hoen McGuire “Mac” Edwards Jr., 80, a resident of Zuni, died on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Hoen McGuire
“Mac” Edwards Jr.

Born on Jan. 23, 1939, on the family farm in Southampton County, Mac was the son of the late Hoen McGuire Edwards Sr. and Jessie Louise Doughtie Edwards.

Mac graduated in 1961 as a proud member of the VPI Cadet Corps. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and the Virginia Army National Guard; was a member of the Franklin Baptist Church; and had formerly been a member of Tucker Swamp Baptist Church and a member of the Southampton Historical Society.

He was a retired farmer who for many years operated Blackwater Farms in Unity.

Mac gave many years of faithful service to the Masonic Order as a member and past master of Courtland Lodge No. 85, A.F.&A.M. and was a member of Purdie Lodge No. 170, A.F.&A.M., Windsor. He was a 32nd-degree Knight Commander Court of Honour Mason in the Newport News Scottish Rite bodies, and held honorary membership in Smithfield Union Lodge No. 18, Smithfield, Virginia; Virginia Lodge No. 177, Claremont, Virginia; and Ivor Lodge No. 291, Ivor, Virginia.

Mr. Edwards served as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 32 in 1982. He was appointed to the following positions: 1980 Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. Committee on Work; 1985 Grand Pursuivant of the Grand Lodge of Virginia; and in 1997 Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge of Virginia.

He was formerly a Shriner of the Khedive Temple, Norfolk, and was a former member of Mt. Nebo Royal Arch Chapter No. 20 and Portsmouth Commandery No. 5. He was appointed Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Delaware in 2001.

Mac is survived by a daughter, Audra Louise Gray and her husband, Daniel of Franklin; a son, Joseph McGuire Edwards of Zuni; and grandchildren, Donald Thomas Blythe III, and Christian Alexander Blythe.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Ann Brantley Edwards; his uncle, Talmage Edwards; and his aunt, Lois Edwards Hann.

The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, in Poplar Spring Cemetery, Franklin, with Rev. Dr. Charles Quarles and the Rev. Steven Gibson officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Franklin Baptist Church, 208 N. High St., Franklin, VA 23851; or the Masonic Home of Virginia, 4101 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, VA 23223-4916.