Harry Edwards / Obituary / January 05, 1937 – September 04, 2018

Harry Edwards

January 05, 1937 – September 04, 2018


Harry Roddey Edwards, 81, of Lake Wales, FL, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 4,
2018. He was born in Elsberry, MO on January 5, 1937 to Charles and Dorothy Edwards. They
later moved to Columbia, SC. He attended Columbia High School where he was voted
president of the student body. After graduation, he attended Erskine College in Due West, SC,
and then Erskine Theological Seminary. While there he served the Troy Associate Reformed
Presbyterian Church. He then went to Lake Wales, where he served as an associate pastor,
and then went on to become pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. During this time, the
church sent him to Princeton Theological Seminary to earn his masters degree. He served this
church for a total of 10 years, including the time of building the sanctuary used today.
Afterward, he moved to Bartow, FL, where he married and worked for the state until his

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rhea, his parents, and one grandchild.

He is survived by his four children: Mary (Pete) Hayes, of Middleburg, VA., John (Jackie) Edwards, of
Lake Wales, Anna (Jess) Lang, of Hattiesburg, MS, and Sarah (Jim) Ellerbe, of Clayton, NC; a
sister, Beverly (Harry) Cooper, of Atlanta, GA; seven grandchildren and one

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.