Charles Edward Edwards COLUMBIA - Charles Edward Edwards was born July 19, 1930, in Charleston, SC, and was raised in Columbus, GA. In 1951, he married Carol Latimer Little, also from Columbus, GA. Together, they were blessed with four children, and were happily married for 44 years. A huge proponent of quality education for everyone, Charles loved being in an educational environment himself. He was awarded a B.S. in Industrial Management in 1952 and an M.S. in Industrial Management in 1953, both from Georgia Tech. At that time, Charles received his draft notice and subsequently served in the Air Force from 1953 until 1955. After his time in the Air Force, he returned to school. In 1961, he completed his studies and was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. Professor Edwards went on to teach at the University of South Carolina from 1959 to 1989. Upon his retirement from USC, he was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Charles then taught at Belmont University, Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business in Nashville, TN, as Visiting Professor of Finance from 1989 to 1991. But, he always was and will be a Gamecock. Charles was a noted educator and author who loved nothing more than sharing the knowledge that he gained. A variety of professional organizations recognized him for his numerous publications. As much as Charles enjoyed his work, it paled in comparison to his love for his family. His family absolutely adored him. He is survived by daughters, Lynn (Ray) Meeks of Conway, SC, Betty Ann (Kent) Walters of Columbia, SC; and son, John (Claudia) Edwards of Greenwood, SC; grandchildren, Scott Meeks, Susan (Ed Hoffman) Meeks, Britton Edwards, Drew Edwards, Jordan Walters, Holly Walters, Nathan Walters, Suzanna Edwards, James Edwards, Davis Edwards, Adam Edwards and Evan Edwards; and brother, Richard Edwards of Florida. His lovely wife, Carol, predeceased him in 1995, as did his son, Chuck Edwards in 2003. A memorial service to celebrate Charles' life will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank our dear friend, William Hankerson, for his loving care of Charles, the wonderful staff at Wildewood Downs for their thoughtful care, and Palmetto Health Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to New Kirk Presbyterian, benefitting Youth Ministry, Blythewood, SC. Please sign the online guest book at www.kornegayandmoseley.com.
Published in The State on Mar. 16, 2013