Dewey W. Edwards Sr.

Published 5:02 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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FRANKLIN — Dewey Wayne Edwards Sr., 77, passed away Sept. 15, 2020 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Dewey W. Edwards Sr.

Born and raised in Waves, North Carolina, a village on Hatteras Island, on Aug. 15, 1943, he was a son of the late Woodrow Wilson Edwards and Mellie Midgett Edwards. He was predeceased by three brothers, Woodie and Don Edwards and his baby twin brother.

Dewey was a graduate from Cape Hatteras High School, and after graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and served four years. He was a retired assistant paper mill superintendent for Union Camp Corporation after 34 years of service. After his retirement, he enjoyed meeting with his breakfast crew and then going to cook breakfast for his grandchildren whom he adored.

He was 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Pendleton Masonic Lodge No. 825, a former Shriner and a member of Charles R. Younts American Legion Post No. 73. Dewey was also a member of the Bronco Rod and Gun Club and a volunteer fireman for Murfreesboro Fire Department.

Dewey was a member and former deacon of Conway Baptist Church, faithfully attended Franklin Baptist Church Sunday School and Contemporary Services, and attended worship service at High Street United Methodist Church with his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Betty Grizzard Edwards; his children, Dewey Wayne Edwards Jr. and Donna Edwards Rose (Davis); three grandchildren, Daelyn, Dutchess and Denver Rose; a sister, Judy Williams (Ronald); a sister-in-law, Diane A. Edwards; a special nephew, Ronnie Williams (Gina); a host of nieces and nephews who he loved; and a very dear friend, Homer Styron.

A service with Masonic Rites will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, in Wright Funeral Home with the Rev. Nathan Decker officiating. A private burial with military honors will be held in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. prior to the service in the funeral home, and suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Franklin Baptist Church, High Street United Methodist Church or the Courtland Youth Athletic Association (CYAA), 24224 Story’s Station Rd., Courtland, VA 23837.