Sam John Edwards
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SALISBURY - Sam John Edwards, 89, of Salisbury, passed away Sept. 25, 2013, at Genesis Health Care of Salisbury.
Sam was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Oconee County, S.C., to the late Clinton Fliedner Edwards and Mae Snead Edwards. He graduated from Duncan High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from December 1942 to December 1945. He fought at Omaha Beach in Normandy France and served throughout the European Theater. Sam was attached to the 294th Joint Assault Signal Company. He was on his way to Japan when the war ended.
He married Marcelle Greenway on Aug. 23, 1947. They were married for 66 years.
Sam was an engineer in Industrial Management and retired from Celanese Corporation.
Sam was a dedicated and faithful member of First United Methodist Church and the Golden Rule Sunday School Class. He served in many capacities at the church including lay leader, president of his Sunday School class and chair of the administrative board.
Sam and his late wife Marcelle were instrumental in many worldwide mission projects through the Methodist Church. They travelled to Haiti, Dominican Republic and helped begin the construction of Africa University in Zimbabwe, Africa. Later Sam served throughout the Southeast helping rebuild homes, churches and bridges after natural disasters. He assisted in building many Habitat for Humanity homes in Rowan County.
Sam served Meals on Wheels for 20 years, was a 60-year Master Mason and a member of Fulton Lodge No. 99 of Salisbury. Sam was recognized as an "Outstanding Scouter" by the Rowan District of the Boy Scouts of America, Member of the American Legion, past president of Milford Hills Lions Club and on the Advisory Committee at Rowan Technical College.
Sam's greatest legacy was the love and devotion to his family and his faith. He was truly a "Fisher of Men" through his ministry in mission work. He epitomized the ideal of Christian discipleship by means of his service and concern for others. His kindness, wisdom and wit carried him into the hearts of all who knew him.
Preceding him in death were the love of his life, wife Marcelle G. Edwards; and only son, Sam John Edwards Jr.
Those left to cherish his memory are daughters Anne Fuller of Greensboro, Jane Edwards Crenshaw and husband Jim of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Nancy Fortenbery and husband Dave of Charlotte; and daughter-in-law Jenny P. Edwards of Columbia, S.C.; and sisters Sarah Turner, Irene Lewis and Mary Rinker.
Grandchildren Katharine Rhinehart, Anna Jackson, Carol Anne Earnhardt, Benjamin Parry, Julie Edwards, Sam Fortenbery, Samantha Edwards; stepgrandchildren Andrew Fortenbery and John Fortenbery; as well as 10 great-grandchildren are also surviving.
Service: A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 1) at First United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Steve Haines. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service. The family will hold a private burial at the U.S. National Cemetery.
Memorials: May be made to First United Methodist Church, Missions Fund, 217 S. Church St., Salisbury, NC 28144; or to the
Summersett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial tributes and online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com
Published in Salisbury Post on Sept. 28, 2013