EDENS, Joseph Cook Jr., 85, of The Plains, Va., died on June 3, 2013. The son of Joseph Cook Edens Sr. and Huldah Holladay Edens, he was born on June 21, 1927 in Richmond, Va. Along with his older sister, the late Huldah Edens Jackson, he grew up in Baltimore, Md., where he graduated from the Gilman School in 1946. He completed his education with a degree from Princeton University in 1950. A dedicated baseball pitcher throughout his college years, Mr. Edens was an All-State Player in the 1949 National Semi-Pro Baseball Congress in Charlottesville, Va. From 1952 to 1955 he served in the United States Navy as a naval aviator and intelligence officer for his squadron during the Korean War, ending his service as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade. Following his military service, Mr. Edens joined his father at Hilton Farm near Orange, Va., a beef cattle operation that his father had purchased in 1947. Mr. Edens married Hazle Jaffray Woodriff in 1956 and raised their three children on the farm. He continued to operate the farm until 1986 when he shifted his main focus to Agricultural Advisory, a company he started in the late 1970s, which served clients in the agricultural industry around the world. He maintained lifelong interests in many sports, in particular, horse racing and tennis, as well as golf, which he played weekly with friends and family. Mr. Edens is survived by his wife, Hazle Woodriff Edens; his children, Jaffray Edens Cox (Dr. Wendell Haley Cox), Joseph Cook Edens III (Kelly McComas Edens) and Edward Henry Edens IV (Natalie Miller Edens); his grandchildren, Evelina Eugenie Edens, Joseph Cook Edens IV and William Hilton Edens; his niece, Louise Jackson; and his nephews, Haller Jackson and Dr. Robert Jackson. A memorial service for Mr. Edens was held on Wednesday, June 26, at 1 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Va. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Middleburg Humane Foundation, P.O. Box 1238, Middleburg, Va. 20118. 540-364-3272.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.