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POQUOSON - On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Jack Harold Edwards passed away at home surrounded by his family. He gave his departed wife Martha Vernell Edwards the ultimate present by joining her in heaven on her birthday. They were married 75 years. Jack was born on Round Top Mountain in North Carolina and was very proud to call that his home. He came to Poquoson in 1940 to become a welder in the shipyard which led him to meet his loving wife. He began his service in the U.S. Army in 1944, and departed overseas to serve in WWII with his brother J.C. Edwards who was killed in battle, and his sister Edna Moore who served as nurse in the war. Jack was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart. After WWII, Jack returned to the shipyard and later began a long career welding for NASA's Space Program. Jack enjoyed woodworking, gardening, birdwatching, and loved Volkswagen Beetles. He was an honest, hardworking man who did everything so very well, and was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who provided a wonderful life full of precious memories for his family. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Vernell; son, Harold Wayne Edwards; daughter, Linda E. Edmundson; brothers, J.C., Clyde, and Bergin; and sister, Edna Moore. He is survived by his daughter, Jackie E. Gills and husband Dabney; grandchildren, Tracy E. Bott of Middleton, NY, Perry F. Edmundson of Los Angeles, CA, Kara G. Catlett & husband Jonathan of Poquoson, Hamilton Gills & wife Brandi of Poquoson, and Keith Edwards of Hampton; great-grandchildren, Emily Bott, Casey Bott, Jack-Nelson Catlett, and Mary-Martha Catlett; brother-in-law, Estrich W. Page; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Jack's life will be held Friday, Feb. 19th, 1030 AM, with Masonic Rites at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, led by Rev. Charles R. Stacy. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire & Rescue, P. O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662, and/or to the , 210 Franklin Road, S.W., Room 505, Roanoke, VA, 24011. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . "The family recognizes and extends a loving "Thank You" to his nurse of 7 years, Debra Overton, RN with Hampton Veterans Affairs, Tiffany Tayman, RN, and Darrell Faison, CNA with Medi Home Hospice. Your skill, attention, and love was a blessing to us all. Our moments together will be treasured always."
Published in Daily Press on Feb. 18, 2016
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