Lane Edwards Jordan and John Thomas Edwards, Jr.
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Fort Valley, GA- The family of Lane Edwards Jordan and John Thomas Edwards, Jr. invite friends and family for a memorial service at Oaklawn Cemetery, 720 S. Camellia Blvd., in Fort Valley, GA, on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:30PM. John, born January 14,1941, passed away on November 10, 2011, and Lane born on December 3, 1938, passed away on August 7, 2012. This memorial service in Fort Valley, the place of their birth, will honor the placement of memorial markers for both Lane and John in the burial plot of their parents, John Thomas Edwards, Sr. and Raynell Pearson Edwards. John and Lane are survived by Lane's children Mike Jordan of Atlanta, Kay Jordan, and Jill Jordan, both of Raleigh, N.C., seven beloved grandchildren, relatives, dear friends and colleagues.
Lane graduated from Fort Valley High and attended Stephens College in Columbia Missouri where she served on the staff of the Stephens Life newspaper, a student publication of Stephens College. After her marriage to Sid Jordan in 1960 she worked as a dental hygienist in Atlanta, GA. Pursuing her life long passion for healthy nutrition she published a book on Raw Food Diet. After moving to Charleston, SC in the early 80's she established the New Leaf health food store in downtown Charleston. She later moved to Raleigh, NC in 1999 to be near her children and grandchildren where she was married to her recent husband, Donald Whitaker who passed away in March 2013. At a memorial service for Lane in Raleigh in 2012 a large crowd of family and friends attested to the extraordinary mentoring, teaching and friendship that Lane had offered to all.
John spent his youth in Fort Valley, working in the family department store and peach orchard business. From an early age he had a deep appreciation for the natural world which he maintained all of his life. He graduated from Emory University in 1963 with a major in psychology, and soon enlisted in the United States Navy serving in Vietnam, as a personnel officer in Saigon with the task of writing letters to the families of those who died. After his service he returned to Atlanta where he worked for the Georgia State Government as Job Analyst. He entered graduate school in 1973 at the University of Georgia and earned the M. S. in Psychology and the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1977. From 1978 to 1981, he worked in Charleston, South Carolina as staff psychologist at the Charleston County Substance Abuse Commission, and at the Franklin Fetter
Family Health Center where he was Director of the Department of Counseling and Therapy. In 1981, John came to North Carolina where he found and pursued his life's work. John was an approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and conducted and supervised family therapy for the past 30 years. He worked diligently with school systems and served as director of counseling in a family health center, clinical director of an inpatient family care program, private practitioner in marriage and family therapy, and co-founder of a learning center for family therapy. He served as adjunctive faculty at Duke University Medical Center. John conducted hundreds of training events in the U.S. and Canada. He authored numerous books on working with families; his latest, Working With Families, was published by John Wiley & Sons October 2011. John was a cherished teacher, colleague, mentor, friend and companion. To honor his legacy of educating family therapists the John T. Edwards Foundation in North Carolina has been created to offer scholarships and training for family therapists.
In lieu of flowers, donations to support the continuance of training family therapists in John's approach to Family Work may be made to John T. Edwards Foundation, c/o Larry B. Sharpe, 718 Granville Drive, Winston Salem, NC 27101. Please go to www.rooksfuneralhome.com to express online condolences. Rooks Funeral Home in Fort Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Telegraph on Nov. 24, 2013