Joe Aldon Edwards, Sr.
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Joe Aldon Edwards, Sr., age 87 of Bells, TN, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital after a very short illness.
Born in Bells, TN on June 8, 1926, he was preceded in death by his parents: Aldon Dee Edwards and Allie Faye Armes Edwards; one sister: Cora Ann Edwards and a brother: Sammy H. Edwards.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eldridge Miller Edwards; children: Emily Griffin (Steve), Joe A."Bud" Edwards, Jr. (Tina), Cherry Rains, Andy Edwards (Donna), John H. Edwards (Emily Jane); grandchildren: Amy White (Keith), Allison Smith (Shane), Ashley Lilly (Toby), Joshua Garrett Edwards, Kyle Franklin Edwards, Adam Rains, Hunter Rains (Angele), Noah Rains (Jessica), Joel Edwards, Katelin and Kelsey Edwards, and eight great-grandchildren: Zachary and Quinton White, Ansley Smith, Corey and Emily Ann Lawrence, Brylee Lilly, Phoenix Beaux and Skyler Dakota Rains, also surviving is a sister: Jacqueline Permenter, all of Bells, TN and a sister-in-law: Jamey Covey Edwards of Savannah, TN.
He devoted his life to God and his family. He was proud of his service to his country, serving during WWII on the ship USS Queens. "Daddy Joe" was a caring, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to many. He was a lifelong member of the Bells First United Methodist Church. He was very dedicated to his friends and served on the ASCS/FSA and County Wide Utilities Board. He also helped all that he could in their farming and business endeavors. He was one of the original founders of the U.T. Ag Museum in Milan where he contributed numerous pieces of family farming equipment. The Crockett County Livestock Assoc. was also part of his life. He and his wife, El, really enjoyed their home on Lick Creek at the Tennessee River, fishing and visiting with their many friends.
A visitation will be held Friday, December 20, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Bells, TN from 4-8 p.m. Visitation will also begin at 10 a.m. before the service on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11 a.m., at the church with, Bro. Gene Burkeen and Bro. Terry Presson officiating. Interment following in Belleview Cemetery in Bells, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bells First United Methodist Church, NOAH of Crockett County or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Lea and Simmons Funeral Home, 731-772-8880.
Lea & Simmons Funeral Home
1280 S. Dupree Ave. Brownsville, TN 38012
Published in The Jackson Sun on Dec. 21, 2013