Mr. Nathan Edwards was born on April 27, 1944 in Greenpond, S.C. He was surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully departed life on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Vidant Medical Center.
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Upon graduating from high school, Nathan moved to New York City and was drafted into the Army in 1968. He served as a Sergeant in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970, and returned to New York shortly there after. He pursued a bachelor's degree in criminology at John Jay College. He was appointed to the New York City Transit Police March 10, 1969. During his 21 year tenure, he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant. He was elected and served two terms as Executive Secretary of the Detectives Endowment Association. In December of 1977, he married his beloved wife of 36 years, Deborah Louise Edwards. In January of 1990 after 21 years of exceptional service, he retired from the New York City Police force.
In 1993, Nathan, with his wife and three children, relocated to Greenville. Nathan and Deborah provided more than housing by owning D&N Edwards Estates, they created a community for many to live safely. Nathan was very invested in the development of the youth creating summer camps, a recreational soccer field, and a scholarship fund for underserved children going to college. Nathan was known by everyone as a humanitarian, he dedicated his life to helping others; he was a mentor and father figure for many. He was always available to share his wisdom and guidance. He loved his family and left a legacy and life testimony for us all.
The wake will be tonight from 5-7 and the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Holly Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville. Burial will follow at the Edwards' Residence.
Published in The Daily Reflector on June 19, 2014