Eddie Charles Edwards was born April 4r 1942 to Mr. Charles and Mrs. Pauline Edwards in Dyersberq, Tennessee. He was called to eternal rest on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
He was raised and educated in Dyersberg, Tennessee and graduated from Bruce High School in 1960. His parents had instilled in him a strong work ethic and principles of integrity, honesty, family and community. Eddie moved to Lorain, Ohio in 1962 with one suitcase and $12.52 in his pocket and began his life-long quest of improving himself through education and application: He enrolled at Lorain County Joint Vocational School (Blueprint Reading & Estimating); Admiral King High Adult Education Class (Welding); Cleveland State University (Business Management: Construction Scheduling Technical Management) and Leadership Lorain, Class of 1986.
His passion was for justice and fair play and he sought both by joining the political arena in the City of Lorain as well as Lorain County. Eddie served 18 years as the 5th Ward Councilman. He served as Lorain Council President Pro Tempore for 8 consecutive years, served as Chairman or Vice-Chairman on several Federal and local committees and also was a member of various committees over a number of years which positively impacted the City of Lorain and it’s citizens. He was active in the Lorain Unit of the NAACP, where he served two terms as president and was the recipient of its Community Service Award in 2014.
Mr. Edwards has been recognized over the years for his devotion to his duties and exemplary leadership skills, words of wisdom and encouragement. He believed any job worth doing was worth doing to the best of one’s ability. He was a Man of Distinction.
He met Mary Elizabeth Mastin in his sophomore year of high school; they married in 1961 and raised two children; Darnisha Hunter and Gregory Edwards. In later years, Mr. Edwards married a second time, to Anne Robinson Edwards in 2001 (deceased in 2003). Mr. Edwards had wors hiped with several area churches over the years and was currently a member of Second Baptist Church in Elyria, where he served as the Director of the Adopt-A-School Initiative until his health failed last year. He was faithful and well thought of by his church family.
Services for Eddie Edwards will be held at Second Baptist Church 427 Chapman Lane, Elyria, OH. 44035. Wake: 4 – 8 p.m, Friday, July 7, 2017; Home-going Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017. Pastor Carl P. Small will be the Eulogist.
His memory will be carried in the hearts of his children, Darnisha Hunter and Gregory Edwards; Mary Elizabeth Mastin, grandson, Duprie (Janette) Grady; great-grandchildren, Osiris Grady, Orion Grady, Aria Grady; Sister, Margaret Edwards and brother Effie Lee Edwards and several Nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Charles and Mrs. Pauline Edwards and his sister, Edith Edwards, along with his wife, Anne Robinson Edwards.
Memorial contributions may be made to Adopt A School Initiative, 427 Chapman Lane, Elyria, OH., 44035.