EDWARDS JEFFERSON R. EDWARDS IV "J.R." Our beloved son, brother, and friend, passed away in a tragic car accident in Arlington, VA on April 17, 2015. J.R. was born to Jeff and Annette Edwards on January 13, 1989 in Charleston, SC. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, attending San Jose Catholic School, Bishop Kenny High School and Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville. He entered the United States Coast Guard in 2009 and proudly served in the Honor Guard. He entered the fitness industry and was employed by Fitness First and Gold's Gym as a Certified Personal Trainer. He currently held the position of Assistant General Manager at Balance Gym, Arlington VA. J.R. will be forever remembered by his loving family, parents, Jefferson Rathburn Edwards, III and Annette Zukley Edwards, brother, Zachary Peter Edwards, sister McKenzie Elizabeth Edwards, the love of his life, Pepper Wilson, and grandparents Betty Lou Zukley and Virginia Hall Wilson. He will be forever missed by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and numerous pets. He was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Edward Leonard Zukley and Jefferson Rathburn Edwards, Jr. J.R. lived life to the fullest and left his footprint along the way. J.R.'s enormous appetite always made him hungry for more. Everyone he touched had a story to tell. The many he brought together will forever share a bond. Everything J.R. did was larger than life. J.R. was larger than life. J.R.'s splash was like a cannonball, we didn't just get wet, we got soaked. J.R. not only jumped, he catapulted. J.R. not only hugged you, he lifted you off your feet. J.R. not only lit up the room, he lit up the stadium. J.R. not only raised the flag, he flew it. J.R. didn't just take a sip, he took a gulp. J.R. wasn't just your friend, he was your brother. J.R. wasn't just funny, he brought you to tears. J.R. didn't just hang your stocking, he filled it. J.R. didn't just listen to the music, he danced. J.R. was comfortable in his own skin...especially when wearing pink. We all looked up to J.R...WAY UP...J.R. reached where none of us could. J.R's life was like swimming a 50 free, with a quick start, fast turn and hard finish. J.R's heart was bigger than a pot of gold. We thank God for allowing him to share a coin with each of us. Although our hearts are broken and his absence will leave a void, we will cherish the unforgettable stories, including those yet to be told. Even in death, J.R. has given the gift of life to many, through organ and tissue donation. The family requests memorial donations may be made in J.R's name to the Narcolepsy Network (http://narcolepsynetwork.org/
) and St. Boniface Haiti Foundation (http://haitihealth.org/
) Visitation will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at San Jose Catholic Church, 3619 Toledo Road, Jacksonville, FL. A Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 25, at 1:30 p.m. at San Jose Catholic Church.
Published by The Washington Post on Apr. 24, 2015.