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Mr. Robert William Edwards

Mr. Robert William Edwards
  • September 14, 1923 - October 27, 2020
  • Connelly Springs, North Carolina

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Mr. Robert William Edwards, 97, of Connelly Springs, passed away at Burke Hospice and Palliative care on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, following a period of declining health.

Robert was born on September 14, 1923 in Clover, SC, to the late John William Edwards, and Mae Bell Mannings Edwards. When he was young, his family moved to the Henry river Mill Village where he started his life long career in textiles. After marrying and starting a family, he served in the United States Army Air Corp. He was involved in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge while serving in WWII. After the war, he continued his career in textiles at Quaker Meadows in Hildebran and Valdese manufacturing while raising ten children. He enjoyed his time fishing, swimming, being on the river, and spending time with his children. Robert was large in stature, sometimes rough around the edges but he had a large, tender heart. Everyone enjoyed his storytelling of past experiences and actual moments from history that also displayed his great sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Thomas "Sid" Edwards; sisters, Ruby Edwards, and Virginia Matthews; daughter-in-law Naomi; and his granddaughter, Katie Fulton.

Surviving him are his wife of 78 years, Ruth Tomlinson Edwards; sons, Robert B. Edwards, and his wife Sandee of Granite Falls, Billy Joe Edwards of Connelly Springs, Harold E. Edwards, and his wife Nancy of Charlotte, James "Bo" Edwards and Renee of Hickory, Barry Edwards, and his wife Karen of Connelly Springs, and Larry Edwards, and his wife Angela of Hickory; daughters, Rita Philbrick, and her husband Tommy of San Antonio, Texas, Margaret Brittain, and her husband Roy of Connelly Springs, Linda Blomquist and her husband Blithen of Greensboro, and Lucinda Druel, and her husband Jean-Louis "John" of Hickory. Also surviving includes 19 Grandchildren, and a numerous amount of great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM with Pastor Mitchell Bowman officiating. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army. A receiving will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

The family would like to express a special "Thank You" to caregivers Debbie Lail, Pam Lail, Monty Killian, Burke Hospice, and the Veterans Association.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative care at 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

An online obituary will be available at

Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Edwards family.