Robert G. Edwards

Published 11:44 am Monday, March 21, 2022

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FRANKLIN – Robert G. Edwards, M.D., of Franklin, VA, 85 years old, died on March 18, 2022. He was the son of the late Fred David Edwards and Essie Mae Vinson Edwards. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Mona Edwards.

Robert G. Edwards

Robert was a 1953 graduate of Franklin High School and graduated from the University of Virginia (Col ’57, Med ’61). While there he lived on the Lawn his fourth year of undergraduate school and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He belonged to Theta Delta Chi fraternity and served on the staff of the Cavalier Daily and was a member of Skull & Keys. After graduation he entered the University of Virginia School of Medicine and lived on the Range for two years. He did his internship and internal medicine residency at Norfolk General Hospital and served as chief resident of Internal Medicine his las two years.

He was a member of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation and later the Virginia Athletic Association and held UVA season football tickets for almost 50 years. He was member of the Advisory Committee for the UVA Medical School and was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Society of Alumni and the Robley Dunglison Society of Patriarchs and Matriarchs.

After completion of his internal medicine residency, he returned to his hometown of Franklin and entered private practice and joined the staff at Southampton Memorial Hospital. Always interested in cardiology, he was instrumental in founding the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at that hospital. He became director of the ICU and served in that capacity for 30 years. He and his wife, Sandy, a CCU nurse at SMH, established many of the rules, by-laws and procedures of that unit.

Early on he was active in the Tidewater Heart Association. He and Jim Wagenbach, chief of the Fire Department and Rescue Squad, taught CPR to the rescue squad and the hospital nurses. He helped establish the Bio Ethics Program at the Hospital and served as chairman of that committee for several years.

He served on the Board of Directors of Southampton Memorial Hospital for 20 years. He was president of the Southampton Memorial Medical staff and president of the Tri-County Medical Society. Being active in the Medical Society of Virginia, he represented Franklin and Southampton County in the Medical Society House of Delegates for approximately 40 years. He also held membership in the Southern and Seaboard Medical Societies.

He was a member of the Franklin Rotary Club, the Franklin Baptist Church, the Cypress Cove Country Club and the Franklin Shag Club. Dr. Edwards practiced medicine a total of 54 years in his hometown of Franklin.

He loved his family and together they enjoyed their many good times spent at UVA sporting events. He took every opportunity to go back to Charlottesville for meetings and reunions. He also had a great fondness of the beach and often spent time at the Outer Banks and Virginia Beach.

Dr. Bob is survived by his wife, Sandy; his son, Kendall and wife, Kim, his son David and wife, Shauna and his five grandchildren, Jackson, Kendra, Savannah, Kaylee and Campbell; Sandy’s children, Jeff McNeil (Candy) and Ashley Gates (Joey) and their children, Rachel, Emma, Madelyn and Anderson.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21 in Franklin Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Qualls and the Rev. Steve Gibson officiating. Burial will follow in Poplar Spring Cemetery. A reception will be held in the church Fellowship Hall following the service. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Franklin Baptist Church.