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Jean Edwards

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MARSHALL - Betty Jean Edwards passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

Mrs. Edwards was born January 27, 1935 at the Ray home place on Paint Fork in Madison County. Jean was a preacher's wife for 40 plus years to Pastor/Missionary Homer Harrison Edwards. She was a photographer/columnist for The News-Record & Sentinel. Jean graduated from Bald Creek High School in Yancey County, married her husband in Greenville, SC, attended Blanton's Business College in Asheville, Child Evangelism Instructor, Sunday School Teacher and Speaker at Ladies Conventions, the first Librarian at Tabernacle Christian School and College in Greenville, SC, taught at Oakside Christian School in LaGrange, GA, attended the Accelerated Christian Education Training School at Lewisville, TX and then became Principal of Temple Christian ACE School in Valley, AL, worked with Fains/Belks of Asheville, was in the Madison County Senior Games, worked for the NC State Extension Service in Marshall, and was a lifelong soul winner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burlus "Blondie" Higgins and Ada Ray Chambers; great-grandson, Ethan Edwards; brother, Howard Higgins; brother/sister-in-law, Lester and Ruby Edwards, Lemmie and Ollie Edwards, Oscar Kiah and Frankie Edwards, Anna Lee and Vance English, Theo and Donna Edwards and Clyde Edwards.

Surviving are her husband, Pastor Homer Harrison Edwards of Marshall; children, Deborah Jean Mitchell of Asheville, Michael Homer Edwards of Broken Arrow, OK, Patricia Sue Harrell of Alexander, and Timothy Harrison Edwards of Salisbury; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother/sister-in-law, Edgar and Lois Edwards; sister-in-law, Shirley Edwards; host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2012 in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home with the Reverends B.P. Boyles and Dwayne Whittemore officiating. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 - 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be sent to Arrington Branch Baptist Church, 475 Arrington Branch Road, Marshall, NC 28753.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 15, 2012
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