Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA


Evelyn S. Edwards

July 17, 1919August 4, 2019

Evelyn S. Edwards, 100, a native of Williamsburg, and a lifelong resident of Hampton, VA, went to be with our Lord Sunday Aug. 4th, 2019.

Evelyn was born to William Sydney and Ida Lou DuVal Sledd on July 17, 1919. She was the youngest of 5 children. She graduated from The Matthew Whaley School in Williamsburg in 1937. She attended Keys Business College and worked at The Newport News Shipyard as a key punch operator for 14 years. She held many jobs throughout her life, always wanting to learn new things. Some of her fondest memories from the early 40s were attending military dances at Fort Eustis and Fort Monroe as she loved music and dancing. She married the love of her life, Elmon Simms Edwards on November 19, 1949. He was her forever best dance partner. They had 25 years together until his death in 1974.

Evelyn was very independent and full of spunk. She had a quick wit and always had an old saying to make someone laugh. Having lived on her own until she was almost 96 she lived on her own terms and relied on her faith in God. She was a member of Wythe Presbyterian Church. She loved to work in her yard and she also loved to play bridge. Evelyn was blessed to have longtime neighbors Maxine Grepiotis and Laura and Andy Anderson, who looked out for each other for many years.

She is survived by her son Elmon S. Edwards, Jr. (Kristi) of Gloucester. Her daughter Cynthia Smelgus (Jim) of Smithfield. 5 grandchildren, Christopher, Carleigh, Shawn, Jared and Jenna (Jared), 2 great grandchildren, Christopher and Luke, 2 nephews, Val Sledd and Donald Sledd and 1 niece, Denise Goodman. Evelyn is also survived by her dear friend Vickie Batchelor, who she shared many laughs and good times with for 56 years.

The family will receive friends from 11 to 12 on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Parklawn-Wood funeral home chapel with a service to follow at 12; interment will be at Parklawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A special thank you to Riverside Healthy Living Community (The Garden) and Riverside Hospice for all their love and care.


  • William Sydney Sledd, Father (deceased)
  • Ida Lou DuVal Sledd, Mother (deceased)
  • Elmon Simms Edwards, Husband (deceased)
  • Elmon S. Edwards, Jr. (Kristi), Son
  • Cynthia Smelgus (Jim), Daughter
  • Christopher *, Grandchild
  • Carleigh *, Grandchild
  • Shawn *, Grandchild
  • Jared *, Grandchild
  • Jenna (Jared), Grandchild
  • Christopher *, Great Grandchild
  • Luke *, Great Grandchild
  • Val Sledd, Nephew
  • Donald Sledd, Nephew
  • Denise Goodman, Niece
  • Vickie Batchelor, Friend


  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, August 8, 2019


Evelyn S. Edwards

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Laura &Andy Anderson

August 8, 2019

Evelyn was a dear friend who lived behind us. We shared many walks, talks, food and activities. Our two youngest daughters played with Cindy. It was always nice to walk down the alley & share a cup of coffee with Evelyn. Laura & Andy Anderson.

Joan Blanton

August 6, 2019

Cindy, Elmon, and family. Our love and prayers are with you and your families during this time. We will always remember our dear, sweet, little neighbor! Evelyn was such a joy to be around. We thank God for her long, loving life. We will miss her. Love to you all. Joan and Lacy

Norma & Richard Grieb

August 6, 2019

So sorry for your loss, the death of a parent is always difficult, no matter what the age but how blessed you were to have her so long! Your "children" will always remember their grandmother!!

Susan Vikari

August 6, 2019

What a wonderful life to be 100 years old!!! Our prayers for all of you from Delaware! Prayers and love Cindypoo, Jim, Carleigh and Christopher!!! We love you!

Donna Gundersen

August 6, 2019

Cindy and family, this breaks my heart. You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs. Love you.

Peggy Truitt

August 6, 2019

I’ll just never, ever forget singing with Momma Mo at her 100th birthday party.....what a blessing to me! And another time too at our Truitt Christmas Party.....she took that one over! Love you all.....Charlie & Peg

James & Marilyn Loding

August 6, 2019

Having known Evelyn for just a short time, our visits were always most enjoyable as she shared her life's experiences, wit and laughter with us. Our condolences to her family .