Governor Edwin Washington Edwards
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Governor Edwin Washington Edwards, Louisiana's 50th and only four term Governor, was born on August 7, 1927 in Marksville, Louisiana, and passed from this world on July 12, 2021 in Gonzales, Louisiana. He was one month shy of his 94th birthday. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Edwards and Agnes Brouillette Edwards and four siblings, Nolan Edwards, Marion Edwards, Allen Edwards and Audrey Isbell. Governor Edwards is survived by his loving wife, Trina Edwards and their son, Eli Wallace Edwards; daughters, Anna Edwards and Victoria Edwards; sons, Stephen Edwards and David Edwards (Laura) and stepsons, Logan and Trevor Scott, 12 grandchildren, Douglas Edwards, Scott Hensgens, John Todd Edmond, Dana Edwards Danos (Brannon), Edwin Nolan Edwards (Holly), Stephen Edwards, Jr. (Christie), Matthew Edwards, Allison Edwards, Christopher Schadt (Lauren), Amanda Edwards Blair (Preston), Kristen Edwards, and Anna Edwards Chandler (Colby), and 19 great-grandchildren, John Edwards, Grey Edwards, Caroline Hensgens, George Hensgens, Henry Hensgens, Taylor Edmond, Connor Edmond, Sadie Danos, Jolene Danos, Zoe Edwards, Nolan Edwards, Theodore Schadt, Rose Schadt, Lizzie Moore, Benjamin Moore, Maddox Chandler, Coen Chandler, Peyton Blair and Carter Blair. Honorary Pallbearers are B.I. Moody, Cary Goss, James Davison, Darren Labat, Francs Thompson, Andrew Martin, Bay Ingram, Clay Schexnayder, John Alario, Kyle M. France, Buddy Leach, Robert Harvey, Bob D'Hemecourt, Byrne Edwards, Christopher Edwards, Nolan Edwards, Edwin Edwards, Stephen Edwards, Jr., Henry Reed, Logan Scott and Trevor Scott.



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Published by The Times-Picayune from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2021.
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Louisiana State Capitol
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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Tammy Jones
Other
July 24, 2021
He was the Governor for the people. The best we ever had. Prayers go out to all who mourn him. He was loved.
Peggy Goodson Casanova
Other
July 22, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Shon Hills
July 22, 2021
With deepest Sympathy , what a wonderful Governor we will Never get another like him.
diane martin
Other
July 21, 2021
A Governor Loved By All
Shirley Barfield
Other
July 21, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Annette Johnson, Violet, LA
Other
July 21, 2021
Condolences to the Edwards Family. Governor Edwards you were wonderful & Loved.
Deloris Vann
Other
July 21, 2021
Gov. Edwards family, may God keep you under His wings where you will find refuge. God Bless.
Brickley Family
Other
July 20, 2021
Governor Edwin W Edwards was a great leader, an exceptional politician and most of all, loved Louisiana. Humble, kind, soft spoken, a charismatic and true leader. History will keep his legacy for future generations. The greatest governor of all times! Thank you for your service! My condolences to his family. May Gov Edwin W Edwards Rest In Peace!
María José Parodi Delagneau
July 20, 2021
Rest in Peace, Gov. Edwards. My condolences to your family.
Peggy A. Armelin
Other
July 20, 2021
My Governor, I have never felt this way about a politician that I've never met and my heart hurts for Louisiana. The love you had for ALL mankind and for the people in this State was remarkable to say the least. You loved what you did, fully embraced it with compassion, and grace; helping everyone. Thank You Sir for ALL that you did, and may you rest in perfect peace in Paradise. We love you we will miss you and will never forget all the contributions you gave to the constituents of this state. Praying for the family. What a friend we had in you, RIP Mr. Edwards.
New Orleans L9
Other
July 20, 2021
Thanks for all that you contributed to the state of Louisiana. Your legacy will never be forgotten. May you Rest in Eternal PEACE.
Claudette Woods
Other
July 20, 2021
Rest In Peace Sir You will always be my Governor. To Your Family I offer my Sincere Condolences and God grant you Strength and Endurances in your time of Sorrow. We will miss you my Governor Edwin Washington Edwards. Rest In Heaven
Yvette Singleton Mattox
Friend
July 20, 2021
Rest in Peace, Governor. Delgado community College is grateful for your priceless gift.
D.F
Work
July 20, 2021
Governor Edward´s was the best governor the state of Louisiana ever had. He was a wonderful man. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family.
Calvin and Zoe Fleming
Other
July 19, 2021
I knew Governor Edwards many years ago while working at the Capitol. He always enjoyed the fresh produce from the family garden we gave him. The best governor of Louisiana we have ever had.Rest in peace friend...Bob
Bob Midkiff
July 19, 2021
Kelsey Benoit and others summed it up!
Louisiana
Other
July 19, 2021
Dear Mrs. Edwards, your family and friends, With heartfelt sympathy. May he RIP and your many memories bring you peace and comfort as you journey through the days ahead. Know that you and your family are thought of during this most difficult time. Sending love and many prayers. Hugs sweetie.
St Mary Parish
Other
July 19, 2021
Governor Edwin Edwards was the BEST Governor Louisiana has ever had. My prayers for God to comfort his family.
Daisy Patterson Norman
Other
July 19, 2021
My sister and I would like to offer our condolences to the Edwards family. We will always remember your dad, not only as a Governor of Louisiana but also for a kind deed he did when our father died back in 1992. Gov. Edwards called my sisters home to pay his condolences. Every time we remember our dad´s passing, we remember that phone call. RIP Gov. Edwards
Edward C Liska and Gayle K Pierce
Other
July 19, 2021
I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to the families and friends, May Governor Edwin W. Edwards rest in eternal peace with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Amen.
Mr. Kim Collins
Friend
July 19, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rosemary Garcia Jefferson
Other
July 19, 2021
My sincere heartfelt consodolences to The Edwards family. Governor Edwards, thank you for the great job you did for our state of Louisiana. May your soul rest in peaceful paradise.
ROSE GARCIA SANDERS JEFFERSON
Other
July 19, 2021
Condolences to the Edwards' Family and Friends. He was an outstanding Governor. A true Louisiana icon/trailblazer. May his soul Rest In Heaven.
Brenda Fields
July 19, 2021
May Gov Edwin Edwards the best gov Louisiana ever had, Rest In Peace! My prayers to Trina,Stephen, David, Eli, Ana and Victoria and the grandkids
Corliss Satterfeal
Other
July 19, 2021
We offer our deepest condolences on the passing of Former Governor Edwin W. Edwards. We honor his legacy and his work for the State of Louisiana. To the Family and Friends of Governor Edwin W. Edwards: Praying for peace to bring each of you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Ginger F. Smith & Family
July 18, 2021
He came to Greater St. Stephen's Baptist Church on Liberty Street during a campaign. He is the most Humble Man there ever was and there will never be another Edwin Edward's. God bless you all.
Daisy M. Jackson
July 18, 2021
Rest in peace Governor, you will be sadly missed. Thanks for caring so much for our great state.
G.Fallon
Friend
July 18, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He was the best governor we ever had
Sheila Abbott
July 18, 2021
My sincerest sympathy to the Edwards family.
Cheryl Jones
Work
July 18, 2021
Steven, David, Anna & Vicky, Please accept my deepest condolences. I pray that the bereavement that you are now going through may be replaced by only fond cherished memories of your dear loving father. In Christ's name!
Paul Fontenot
July 18, 2021
Thank you, Governor, for all that you did for the great State of Louisiana. Rest In Peace.
Dianne Haley
Work
July 18, 2021
Rest In Peace Governor Edwards, you were the best governor our state ever had. May GOD bless you and your family You will never be forgotten
Connie Haynes- Bridge City
Other
July 18, 2021
My condolences to the Edwards family. I was deeply honored to have served Governor Edwards as his Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality.
Kai David Midboe
July 18, 2021
Our hearts and prayers are with you even though we are unable to attend the viewing. Your family has a special place in our hearts now and in the years past. Our sincerest condolences.
Steve and Marian Aguillard
Work
July 18, 2021
Condolences to the family
Mr & Mrs Mitchle +Sandra Allen
July 18, 2021
THE BEST GOVENOR LA. EVER HAD .WILL BE MISS BY MANY FRIENDS.MAY YOU REST IN PEACE
PERCY AND SUSIE PARKER
Friend
July 18, 2021
I never had the pleasure of meeting him but loved him still the same. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends. Fly High With The Angels Gov. Edwards
Cindy Rome Estep
July 18, 2021
Rest In Heaven
Geraldine
Other
July 17, 2021
I worked s a nurse at Charity hospital under,Governor Edwards reign. I respect him an found he was fair to us employee and he gave us cost of living raises at that point when most companies didn´t, he also was a accessible Governor. Be blessed Edward family
Rosalind Brown
Other
July 17, 2021
Alishia
July 17, 2021
From the grace state of Louisiana to former governor Edwin Edwards Edwards family wife children and extended family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Christopher Carloss & Tiffany
July 17, 2021
Condolences and Blessings to the Edwards family. You served the state of Louisiana well and proved your love for the state and all Louisianans especially for low income and impoverished citizens. Thank You Sir. There's none other like you and you will be truly missed. GOD BLESS!!!!
Carolyn Bell
Other
July 17, 2021
When the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Became a Legal Holiday, then Gov. Edwin Edwards came to New Orleans and actually marched with us in our 1st Citywide Celebration, 3.2 miles, from Marcarty Middle School in The Lower 9th Ward, to the Municipal Auditorium in Treme. To the best of my knowledge and recollection, he was not only the 1st governor to do so, but the only ever since. Several years later and along with then Rep. Renee Gill- Pratt, he issued and signed Proclamations commending every member of our March/Parade Committee specifically. That was a particularly arduous year for our committee, because the number of our Elementary Schools desiring to participate had increased substantially and our transportation fund got depleted. Mayor Bartholemy, Ms. Lois Pierce- Wright, Ms. Rita Hotard/Hotard Bus Company and myself, worked tirelessly into the night, to ensure none were left out. We would not have been able to pull off our March/Parade that year without all their efforts, especially Hotard who donated buses, drivers at time and 1/2, plus insurance gratis! We thanked our Governor then and we´ll never forget his awards and special recognition for all our efforts! He was a one and only and maybe, just maybe someday, another? He had the gift for The Common Touch, not so Common in 2021! Rest in Peace Governor, Harold "Hal" Green NOLA MLK Federal Holiday Planning Commission March/Parade Chairman
Harold "Hal" Green
July 17, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gloria Piper
July 17, 2021
You were always the governor of louisiana to me. Rest in peace
Peggy Johnson
July 17, 2021
May god bless and keep you
Jeanette Davis
Friend
July 17, 2021
Love you EWE. My Daddy told me lots of stories about growing up with you. He loved you so much. I bet you named your son David after my Dad. Rest In Peace
D Williams
Family
July 16, 2021
I really appreciated his friendship through good times as well as the the more challenging times. The real Gov was a great human being. Rest in Peace.
Kenneth Vicknair
July 16, 2021
Governor Edwards you have been blessed to have lived a long and fulfilling life. All the good people you came across and the great things you did for so many.

I met you previously at our plant celebration of the COSMAR plant in Carville, Louisiana (many years ago)

I also went to one of your book signings and presented you with a picture of you and my father, I. J. “Rock” Mazoch on one of your hunts to Meeker, Colorado (November 1985).

I hope I can live a rewarding life as you did. Rest in Peace.
ANNETTE MAZOCH MARTIN
Acquaintance
July 16, 2021
RIP Governor. You were the best. Prayers for comfort for family and friends especially Trina and Eli.
Leena Isoaho
July 16, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Delores Johnson Grisby, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Other
July 15, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Donnettia Houston Thomas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Work
July 15, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Ray Worthy, Longshoreman, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Work
July 15, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Susan Banford Ratcliff and Family, Baton Rouge, La.
Other
July 15, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Juanita Taylor Mathieu and Family, Baker, Louisiana.
School
July 15, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Jackie Harrell Bates and Family, Zachary, Louisiana
Work
July 15, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Barbara Stevenson and Family, Clinton, Louisiana.
Work
July 15, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Ruby Torrence Morrow, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Other
July 15, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
David Torrence Sr and Family, Baker, Louisiana.
Other
July 15, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Elaine Pounds Thomas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Other
July 15, 2021
This is a post of my younger brother on Facebook: "It was the summer of 1976. I was 7 years old and eating lunch at Burger King on the corner of Vets & Oaklawn when Governor Edwards walked in with a couple of his cronies. Nobody went up to him at first. My sister told me to go and shake the governor’s hand, so I walked up to him and said “hello Mr. Governor” and held out my right hand. Instead of taking my hand he chuckled and hugged me around my back and my arms went around his legs. That was the day that, after schmoozing with the whole restaurant, Governor Edwards walked out of Burger King with 2 little Dennis hand sized French fry grease stains on the lower leg of his beautiful white linen pants. RIP Governor. Thanks for the hug." RIP Governor - loved your humor and humanity.
Karen O'Hara
July 15, 2021
As Governor, he convinced a New York Plastics Company to locate its next factory in Deridder, Louisiana. This 1 routine act by him enabled a quality of life for my Family (and many others) that most Families dream of. Years after starting, the CEO told us that the company was planning to locate elsewhere until the day his Secretary told him "The Governor of Louisiana is on the phone". He said it was then that all the plans changed and Louisiana would be selected.
I never had the opportunity to thank the Governor but his love of Louisiana changed lives for the better.
His life is proof that in America, there is no limit to what you can achieve.
Thank you Edwin
Mike Harper
Acquaintance
July 15, 2021
Gov. Edwards' Family,

I am sorry to hear about Gov. Edwards' passing and you have my condolences. As a kid in Baton Rouge, I had the privilege of meeting Gov. Edwards at the governor's mansion, along with a couple of my friends. He had recently been elected governor, but took the time to greet us (i.e. three blacks kids that had been fishing in the lakes near the capitol). He shook our hands and invited us to take a tour of the mansion, before he got into a black limousine. It was a proud moment to have met the governor of our state!

I will always remember Gov. Edwards, his service to Louisiana, and that summer day in 1972. May he rest in peace and may God comfort and keep you during this time.

Ronald Spencer
July 14, 2021
EWE is a genuine legend in Louisiana politics , joining the ranks like Huey P Long and Earl K Long master in politics and in governing. He was an effective governor who can work with all kinds of people , crossing party lines to solve issues. He convinced his political opponents to like him regardless of issues. It was a privilege for me to serve under and to work with him as his appointee on the commission for the deaf for three terms. Prayers and condolences to the Edwards family. Again, he was and still is a colorful and larger than life figure in Louisiana as we will miss his presence in today’s times.
Warren S Haun
Friend
July 14, 2021
When the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Became a Legal Holiday, then Gov. Edwin Edwards came to New Orleans and actually marched with us in our 1st Citywide Celebration, 3.2 miles, from Marcarty Middle School in The Lower 9th Ward, to the Municipal Auditorium in Treme. To the best of my knowledge and recollection, he was not only the 1st governor to do so, but the only ever since. Several years later and along with then Rep. Renee Gill- Pratt, he issued and signed Proclamations commending every member of our March/Parade Committee specifically. That was a particularly arduous year for our committee, because the number of our Elementary Schools desiring to participate had increased substantially and our transportation fund got depleted. Mayor Bartholemy, Ms. Lois Pierce- Wright, Ms. Rita Hotard/Hotard Bus Company and myself, worked tirelessly into the night, to ensure none were left out. We would not have been able to pull off our March/Parade that year without all their efforts, especially Hotard who donated buses, drivers at time and 1/2, plus insurance gratis! We thanked our Governor then and we´ll never forget his awards and special recognition for all our efforts! He was a one and only and maybe, just maybe someday, another? He had the gift for The Common Touch, not so Common in 2021! Rest in Peace Governor, Harold "Hal" Green NOLA MLK Federal Holiday Planning Commission March/Parade Chairman
Harold "Hal" Green
Other
July 14, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Gloria A Coleman-Brown
July 14, 2021
May he Rest In Peace.My heart goes out to his wife and family.Prays to the family.
Pat Broussard
July 14, 2021
Larger than life itself! A wonderful human being and advocate for those less fortunate. He will be sorely missed!!
Rosemary Bailey
Acquaintance
July 14, 2021
I would like to offer the condolences to Gov. Edwards family from the Louisiana Band of Choctaw and the Chaktaw Nation in Mississippi. My father was lifetime Principal Chief of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw and I remember Edwin Edwards meeting with Native American Indian Chiefs and the downtown Parades with the Governor. The Native American Indian people had given Edwin Edwards the name "Silver Fox". Edwin Edwards helped the Native American Indian Tribes and People, we owe a great deal to him as Native American Indian people of Louisiana as many others who he was willing to help. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
Chief Rainwater
Friend
July 14, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this difficult time.
July 14, 2021
Our prayers with the family , thanks for all you done
Cecil Graves
July 14, 2021
My condolences to the family for your loss. Try as we may “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” Jer. 10:23
William
July 14, 2021
The real beauty of a person reside within.
May all the goodness be remembered and God grand all the family and friends peace and May He comfort you.
Janelle Eloisa Almendis
July 14, 2021
My prayers are with the family and friends. Rest in peace.
Laura Derozan
Family
July 13, 2021
Governor Edwards was a dear friend of my late father, Lt. Col. Maurice Dece Watson (Ret) USAF, WWII/Korean Conflict. He worked on his 1976 campaign for him in north La. with their mutual friend, the late Gus Mijalis. Governor Edwards had a heart of gold and that is what propelled him to the heights he reached, politically. He truly cared about people and used used his savvy political instincts to do everything he could for Louisiana. The thoughts and prayers of a grateful Louisiana are with the Edwards family in the days to come. The Father didn't care that Governor Edwards was governor or about the past ... He just wanted His Child back Home with Him and He grabbed his hand yesterday morning and said, "Let's go My good and faithful servant" -- May the Grace and Mercy of Almighty God shine upon the family and may the Holy Spirit wrap you all in His Arms. God Bless Governor Edwards and God Bless Louisiana ...
D.C. Watson
Friend
July 13, 2021
I know people from Louisiana even though I am born and raised in Texas. Great State! Great People! And so many people that I have met and talked to loved Governor Edwards. Great Governor. Great.
KEN KORGES
Friend
July 13, 2021
Good people die everyday. Yet, not all of them affirm for us the goodness in humanity and leadership the way Edwin Edwards did. He passed away yesterday, but he left a legacy of positive experiences for anyone who took the time to know him -- which wasn’t a hard thing to do. Myself included, none of us really know him personally, but we can still learn from the legacy he left.

He was a great Governor. He had a passion for humbly serving the people of the Great State of Louisiana, and he served us well. He didn’t serve our state because it was easy. If that were true, Edwin wouldn’t have wanted anything to do with it. His passion and hard work led him to become a great leader with the ability to navigate a historically corrupt state government, lead the people to prosperity, and take tons of public criticism with finesse and grace.

Edwin loved people, and was willing to do the hard work it takes to build all kinds of relationships. Because he worked on the taxpayer’s dime, not everyone was satisfied. Yet, he made friends from enemies. He intentionally built the kind of relationships in the state that would bring people together. Because he was so good at relationship building, things got done.

It would have been easy for him to slip into an authoritative power mode, but Edwin's humility was the real power he had in the relationships he cultivated. Being humble helped him to be known as someone who acted out even while others in similar positions did not.

And of course, he was human. Edwin made his share of mistakes. The difference between him and other leaders is that he pondered those mistakes and he learned from them.

His humanity extended to his family, friends, and anyone else who knew him. People liked him. He was easy to know, like an open book. We all thought we knew him, but now we know that we would have liked to have known him even better and had him stay around longer.

I'm sure that if he could look back on who he was and what he did, I think he might be more than a little surprised to see that not only did his passion for leadership drive the state we all live in to be better than he found it, he also embodied the mantra of 'people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care'. Edwin not only made positive changes in the state, but he also cared about the people. He believed that positive change and caring about people were intricately linked.

It seems trite to say that Edwin will be missed, or that he went away too soon. But it’s true. The bottom line is that he was a great leader. And when you pull back the curtain of all that entails, you can also see that he was also a good person who cared about others. We can all learn a lot about leadership and humanity by following Edwin's example.
Kelsey Benoit
Friend
July 13, 2021
Trina, my thought and prayers are with you and the family.
Marsha Pressburg
Acquaintance
July 13, 2021
great leader and governer
david morrisse
July 13, 2021
We would like to express our condolences to the entire Edwards family & the great state of Louisiana. He was such a great character, he will never be forgotten but remembered with fondness. J Warren Kinchen and Louis McLin, sons of Sallie Starkey Kinchen. Baptist, Louisiana
J Kinchen
Acquaintance
July 13, 2021
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