Obituaries for Sat., Jan. 10, 2015

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 10, 2015


Retired Lt. Col. Grey Holt Edwards Sr., 92, of Holly Hill, husband of Margaret Maddox Edwards, died Tues., Dec. 30, 2014, at his home.

The funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 10, at the Liberty Home Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home of Lockhart directing, and full military honors at the cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one-hour before the service and following the service in the social hall.

Lt. Col. Edwards was born in Perry, Okla., a son of the late Walthal Winston Edwards and Annie Harris Edwards. He was commissioned as an infantry officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in January of 1945, and later graduated from Auburn University. A decorated Army veteran, some of his military awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal. Lt. Col. Edwards was a veteran of three wars, World War II, Korean and Vietnam.

After retiring from the Army, he worked for Firestone Rubber Company in Monrovia, Liberia. After retiring from Firestone and upon moving to Holly Hill, S.C., he became actively involved in Hope Lutheran Church. Lt. Col. Edwards, was a member and past-president of the Holly Hill Lions Club, member of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of the Regional Medical Center.

Lt. Col. Edwards was preceded in death by a brother, Davey L. “Sonny” Edwards; and a son, John Winston Edwards.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Grey H. Edwards Jr. of Columbus, Ga., and Michael Allen (Kathy) Edwards of Atlanta; daughter-in-law, Laura Cranford Edwards of South Boston, Va.; grandchildren, Melanie (Joe) O’Donnell of Charlottesville, Va., Lauren (David) Stalcup of Summerville, S.C., Kate (Les) Hendricks of Easley, S.C., Ann Cranford Edwards of South Boston, Va., Lindsay Grey Edwards, Kelsey Ryan Edwards and Shelby Kate Edwards, all of Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Abby Eanes, Rebecca Eanes, Maren Grey Eanes, Beckett Michael Edwards, Connor Hendricks and Brynnan Hendricks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church PO Box 67, Vance, SC 29163.

Keahey Funeral Home of Lockhart will be assisting the family.