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Virgil Edwards

The Rev. Otis Virgil Edwards, age 94, of Hull, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
A native of Madison County, Rev. Edwards was the son of the late Austin and Mamie Lou Epps Edwards, and was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Sue Martin Edwards; brothers, Quilla, Lynelle, and Odell Edwards; and son-in-law, Don Kesler.
Rev. Edwards began his ministry in 1942, and after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he attended Bob Jones University. In 1948, he organized Calvary Baptist Church, which is now New Haven Baptist Church. He also organized Bethel Baptist Church, in Union Point, and The Baptist Tabernacle, near Commerce. In 1948, he began a radio ministry on WRFC and WNGC that continued for 42 years, and in 1957, he organized Northside Baptist Church, where he ministered until his retirement.
During his ministry, Rev. Edwards made over 21 trips to the Holy Lands as a tour guide, and founded the Independent Baptist Fellowship Association of Georgia.
Survivors include his daughters, Joan Towns (and husband, Doug) and Gay Kesler; son, Paul Edwards (and wife, Linda); sisters, Merle Fortson, Marie Allen (and husband, Charles), and Jeanette Daniel (and husband, Calvin); eight grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Bernstein Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, in the chapel at Bernstein Funeral Home, with Dr. Harold Venable, of Reidsville, N.C., officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the , 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in Athens Banner-Herald on July 19, 2013
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