Robert Bryant Edwards

January 13, 1939March 13, 2014

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Bryant Edwards, 75, of Gadsden, will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Collier-Butler Chapel. Rev. Robby Edwards will officiate with burial to follow at Forrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing. Bryant graduated from Emma Sansom High School in 1957. During his time at Emma Sansom, he was on the 1957 State Championship baseball team, in the 1957 VFW Emma Sansom National Championship Band under the direction of Rip Reagan and president of the Emma Sansom Band Club. Bryant was also on the Central Board of Directors for the Boys Club, the Gadsden Times Father of the Year, and a member of Alabama City United Methodist Church. He also was a proud member of the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners. Bryant coached many years in youth baseball and basketball and officiated many games. He is also retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 38 ½ years of service. Bryant is preceded in death by his father, Louis Stephens Edwards; mother, Francis L. Delevie Edwards; and sister, Joyce Edwards. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia J. Edwards; sons, Robby (Belinda) Edwards, and Chris (Debbie) Edwards; daughters, Beverly (Eric) Hurst, and Suzanne Edwards; grandsons, Colin and Kyle Edwards, and Ryan and Andrew Edwards; granddaughters, Casey (Adam) Johnson, Andrea, BreAnne, and Codi Hurst, and Kristi Edwards; great-grandsons, Aiden and Luke Johnson; sister, Virginia Edwards; brother-in-law, Bill (Pat) Johnson; nephew who was more like a brother, Stevie Stephens; and a special companion, his Sheltie, Bear. Pallbearers will be Colin Edwards, Ryan Edwards, Kyle Edwards, Andrew Edwards, Michael Edwards, Robert Stephens, Adam Johnson, and Ernie Gamblin. Honorary pallbearers will be the 1957 Emma Sansom High School State Championship baseball team; and the 1957 VFW National Championship Emma Sansom High School Band under Rip Reagan. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. John Wilburn and nurse Pam; Dr. Bryan McGwier and Cindy; and Jerry’s Pharmacy and Matt Mabrey. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Visitation Saturday, March 15, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 15, 2014

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Johnny Stephens

March 20, 2014

Words can't express how sorry we are to see uncle Bryant no longer with us. Most of my childhood was spent with you guys , at the river or during Christmas parties . Never remember anything other than kind words of encouragement and love come from uncle Bryant . He always lit up the room with his huge smile and loving heart. I pray everyone finds peace knowing the people he touched and the lives he impacted continue grow through his family. I'm gonna miss u buddy.

Tom Turner

March 19, 2014

My condolences to Bryant's family. I remember Bryant from our days at Emma Sansom High School.

March 18, 2014

Chris, sorry to hear about your Father. We will be praying for you and your family. They say time can heal, but time can not heal, only God can.
God bless your family.

Dwight & Joan Grizzard

Tammy Johnson

March 16, 2014

I am saying lots of prayers for your family. I am sorry for your loss.

Cathy McGill Ledbetter

March 15, 2014

Praying for you and your beautiful family during your time of mourning. He was a very generous man who loved to make me laugh. My memories of him all include his smiling eyes. He will be missed.

Sherry Silvey

March 15, 2014

Robby, so sorry to hear of your Father's dying. We are promised a reunion someday where we will have new bodies, praise God. It is always hard to lose a parent. My prayers are for you and your family and will be thinking of you today as you officiate. God's blessings.

Sammye Heald

March 15, 2014

My condolences to Bryant's family. RIP old friend.