Harold Edwards Jr (1928 - 2018)

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Harold Edwards Jr., 89, died Thursday, March 1, 2018, of natural causes while tending to his garden in Dunnellon.
He was born April 29, 1928, at his home in New City, Ill., to Harold and Edith Edwards. In 1949, he married Joyce Emily Rose Bizot and had remained married for 59 years until her death in 2008. Together, they raised three children, Gary Ray, Curt Kenneth and Joni Marie.
He is survived by his son, Gary; daughter, Joni DeSmet; four grandchildren, Milisa Mae Ganey-Tores, Jorell Lawren Hancock, Tate Christian DeSmet and Grayson Anthony DeSmet; and his great-grandson, Shannon Ganey Stevenson.
Harold served in the U.S. Army and Louisiana Army National Guard from 1946 to 1948 and the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He worked at Fiat Allis for 35 years and retired in 1984 to pursue his career as a Florida crappie fisherman and gardener and Illinois catfisherman.
Harold and his twin brother, Darrell of Edinburg, Ill., fished for catfish all summer long in order to get a "big enough mess" to feed the entire Edwards clan, plus friends and neighbors for the annual September fish fry. This tradition carried on for 23 years.
Harold was the gardener extraordinaire – his garden fed the entire neighborhood during the winter and spring in Florida since 1978.
Harold never knew a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed by his remaining brothers, Darrell, Jim and Dale, and his sisters, Betty, Rosemary and Becky, and their respective spouses, Penny, Dotty, Alan and LaRoy.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon, followed by interment at the Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens in Ocala.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.robertsofdunnellon.com.

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Roberts Funeral Home And Crematory Of Dunnellon Inc
19939 E Pennsylvania Ave
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 489-2429
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Published in Riverland News on Mar. 8, 2018
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