Eugene C. Edwards, 82, of Fayetteville and formerly of Carteret County, passed away Monday, May 18, 2020, at his home in Fayetteville.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, at Gethsemane Memorial Park. Friends are welcome to attend the service. However, in order to provide social distancing, we ask friends to remain in their cars, the service will be broadcasted through a sound system. For those unable to attend, the family invites you to view the webcasting of the service through Munden Funeral Home’s website. Friends are also encouraged to leave words of comfort to the family through the website.
The family will also have services in Fayetteville prior to the services in Morehead City.
Eugene attended Florida College and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. He taught school at Newport Consolidated School where he met Joan Parker. Both being the basketball coaches, they were often in a debate over team logistics. That debate turned into a deep and abiding love. They married November 25, 1964, in Newport Church of Christ. They settled in Aberdeen, NC in 1966, raising three children, before moving to Fayetteville, NC in 2000. While in Aberdeen, Eugene was very active in the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department, retiring as a Charter Member in 1989. Eugene loved his Lord and served Him faithfully for many years, serving as an elder for the West Fayetteville Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan Parker Edwards; son Gene Edwards, Jr. (Deborah) of Rockville, VA; daughters Stephanie Stone (Gregory) of Raleigh, NC, and Beverly Broach (Thomas) of Scio, NY; eight grandchildren, Holland, Justin, Miranda, Rachel, Phillip, Juliet, Jeb and Will; brothers, Ronald L. Edwards (Anne) of Richlands, NC, Marvin Edwards (Molly) of Pace, FL, Tim Edwards (Jean) of New Bern, NC and sister Gwendolyn Lentz (John) of Graham, NC.
Eugene was born in Grantsboro, NC, the son of the late Benjamin A. Edwards (Al) and Nellie Bly Garner Edwards of Newport, NC. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Jackie Piner of TN and Jenni Kelly of TX.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City. In keeping with the CDC guidelines pertaining to the Coronavirus, those who are ill or at-risk (elderly, immune-compromised) are encouraged to stay home. Additionally, there will be a limit to the number of people in the building at one time, as well, those who attend will be asked to bring and wear a protective mask. Upon entering, guests will be asked health questions and their temperatures will be taken. Help us honor the Edwards family while practicing safe measures.
Eugene’s family wishes to express their gratitude to friends, family, and the caregivers who helped with his comfort and care.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Services entrusted to Pinecrest Funeral & Cremation Services in Hope Mills, NC and Munden Funeral Home of Morehead City, NC.
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