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Dawn Edwards

Dawn Edwards

Sunday, April 12th, 1925 - Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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Dawn A. Edwards, 94, passed away peacefully the morning of Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Mars Hill Retirement Community in Mars Hill, NC. Born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925 in Madison County, NC, he graduated high school in Mars Hill, and attended Wofford College. Dawn was associated with Esso Standard Oil Company and Exxon, in many different capacities, for over 50 years, retiring as owner of Edwards Oil Company in 1991. Dawn was a World War II veteran of the US Army Air Corps, where he developed his lifelong love of flying. As a member of Weaverville First Baptist Church, he served as deacon, and sang first tenor in the choir for 54 years. He served on the Board of the Western North Carolina Rescue Mission, was a member of the Kedron Masonic Lodge #387 A.F.& A.M., North Buncombe Optimist Club, and Western North Carolina Pilots’ Association. He loved baseball, and coached Babe Ruth teams for 16 seasons. He had a passion for playing music and musical instruments and knew the lyrics to every song in the American songbook. He also enjoyed woodworking, antique tools, fishing, and flying. His quick wit and down-to-earth wisdom will be missed by all who knew him.

Dawn is survived by his wife of 71 years, Irene Runnion Edwards; daughters Linda Edwards Campbell (and J.Jette Campbell) of Charlotte, and Carol Ann Edwards Nasser (and the late Stephen Nasser) of Chicago; grandsons Michael Dawn Edwards, Coleman David Campbell, and Chase Edward Nasser; two great-grandchildren, Isabel and Judah Edwards; nephew Robert Donivan Edwards, and many devoted friends, particularly Patty and Wayne Higgins. He was preceded in death by his parents Dillard and Bessie, brother John James, and his beloved son Jason David.

There will be a visitation at noon, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 on Tuesday, January 7, Weaverville First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church, PO Box 547, Weaverville, NC 28787.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Weaverville First Baptist Church
    63 N. Main Street
    Weaverville, NC 28787
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 1:00pm
    Weaverville First Baptist Church
    63 N Main St
    Weaverville, NC 28787
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  • Interment

    Old Bull Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    NC Hwy 213
    Marshall, NC 28753
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Lois Ann Bain

Posted at 10:48am
Dear Irene and family,
I have such sweet memories of this good man...his beautiful voice, his strong faith, his example, his cute sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the coming days. Much love, Lois Ann


Posted at 11:58am
Linda and Carol Ann: You might not remember me from Hendersonville but I have lots of sweet memories of all of you when you were living here. Dawn and Irene were dear friends of the Jack Barnett family. I remember a lot of fun times (my husband David) and I had with all of you. My prayers are with all of you at this time. Lots of Love to all - Betty Barnett

Frances Coates

Posted at 10:28am
Dawn Edwards was one of a kind. A gentle kind man who blessed us with his many God given talents. A wise and faithful man.

Bryan Brown

Posted at 08:31pm
"You're going to play baseball for Mr. Edwards," mom said. "Why is that such a big deal?" I innocently inquired. "Mr. Edwards is a wonderful, honest man, a good Christian, and a caring and talented coach of young men." So true...from one of those young men. Thank you Mr. Edwards!

Anita White

Posted at 02:02pm
Dear Irene and family.
Trip and I are so sorry for your lost. You are in our prayers.
Love, Anita

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