Cecil C Edwards

December 16, 1922November 13, 2020

Cecil C. Edwards (97) of Taylors, South Carolina, died on Friday, November 13, 2020. He was born in Spring Hope, NC, in 1922. He was the son of the late Spencer Levi Edwards and Helen (Turner) Edwards.

Mr. Edwards was a retired educator with the school district of Greenville County. He and nine other educators founded the Greenville Educators Credit Union (now known as Greenville Federal Credit Union) in 1968. He was the president of the credit union for sixteen years.

Mr. Edwards was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 4th Armored Division with General Patton’s Third Army. He and his son Rodney began Edwards Builders in 1978.

Surviving are Eloise Hathaway Edwards, his wife of 74 years; his daughter Jenell Kilpatrick (Ron) of Greenville, SC; his son Rodney Edwards (Brenda) of Greenville, SC; five grandchildren, Michael Edwards, Ara Beth Ford (Ben), David Edwards (Brianne), Jonathan Kilpatrick, Rebecca Kilpatrick; and six great-grandchildren, all of Greenville.

Mr. Edwards was predeceased by his parents, five brothers, and four sisters.

He is survived by two brothers, Jerry Edwards of Raleigh, NC, and Nelson Edwards of Spring Hope, NC, and a sister Mildred Williams of Wilmington, NC.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 11:00 am at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International South Carolina. P.O. Box 771 Greenville, SC, or at and Wounded Warriors Project at

Condolences can be made to the Edwards family at


  • Spencer Levi Edwards, Father (deceased)
  • Helen (Turner) Edwards, Mother (deceased)
  • Eloise Hathaway Edwards, Wife
  • Jenell Kilpatrick (Ron), Daughter
  • Rodney Edwards (Brenda), Son
  • Michael Edwards, Grandchild
  • Ara Beth Ford (Ben), Grandchild
  • David Edwards (Brianne), Grandchild
  • Jonathan Kilpatrick, Grandchild
  • Rebecca Kilpatrick, Grandchild
  • Surviving are also six great-grandchildren.

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Loretta Bell

November 17, 2020

Please know your family is in my prayers. I was privileged to know Mr. Edwards some 57 years. I was blessed to be invited into the Edwards’ home many times as a young teen. They were always so kind and gave such encouragement to me regarding my personal relationship with the Lord. I know they prayed for many times and I will be eternally grateful for their influence. Mr Edwards was a Godly man. I was blessed to know and love him.
Loretta Bell

Jim Darby

November 17, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. So sorry to learn of Mr. Edwards passing.

Marion Cantrell

November 17, 2020

Dear Family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Our family has many precious memories of your family. Ms Edwards you may recall my sister, Karen, and Hosea Marrett holding hand in your second grade class at Welcome. They married and are still together. Rodney I believe you and my brother Tommy were friends at one time. Ms Jenell, you were one of my first girlfriends and I often wondered how you were doing. Again, so sorry about the loss of Mr. Edwards.

Marion Cantrell

Patrick Snipes

November 17, 2020

I enjoyed chatting with Cecil on several occasions at the fall pig pickings back in Spring Hope. Was a really nice man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eloise and the entire family during this difficult time.

Patrick Snipes of Sanford, NC (formally of Spring Hope, NC)

Patti Seymore

November 16, 2020

Mr. Edwards was one of my favorite teachers at Carolina High. He also gave me my start with credit unions, a career that lasted 43 years. He was a great blessing to me. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Sue Ballard Hilton

November 16, 2020

Mr. Edwards was one of our favorite teachers at CHS. He was a wonderful teacher and worked hard to support our student efforts as a club sponsor, Powder Puff football coach and more. We dedicated the 1967 yearbook to him. I treasure the sweet words he wrote in my yearbook that year; he inspired me and all of us to do great things. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Robert Griffin

November 16, 2020

My sympathies to the family. My mom always had stories about growing up with her "favorite" brother. Now they are together.

Libby Thruston

November 13, 2020

Jenelle and Rodney and family,
Just wanted to to know your in my thoughts and prayers. I'll always remember your dad coming in the lumber company to buy items for his woodshop.
Libby Alewine Thtuston


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