OBITUARY

Percy Melvin Edwards

August 9, 1932January 10, 2021

Percy "Melvin" Edwards, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2021 after 22 months of challenges he endured caused by a debilitating stroke.

Melvin was born on August 9, 1932 in Buckingham County, VA to Percy S. and Danie Shumaker Edwards. He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters and their husbands: Hilda (Charles) Tall, Shirley (Billy) Watkins; and his younger brother, Danny Edwards Sr. He is survived by his sister, Georgene (Mooney) Huggett; daughter, Jenny Edwards; son, Russell (Stephany) Edwards; grandsons, Travis, Jesse, and Sammy Edwards; sister-in-law, Dianna Edwards, and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves to cherish his memory, his soulmate and best friend for the past 25 years, Nancy Van Camp; also the mother of his children, Helen Earehart; and extended family: Dennis, Traci and Eva Van Camp and the David family of FL.

Melvin joined the Army when he was 17 and was sent to Korea shortly after he turned 18; where he fought proudly from 1950-1951 with the 2nd Engineers. Years later he reunited with several men he had served with in Korea, by attending the Korean Veterans reunions in various states and also the annual reunion in VA Beach. Special bonding and memorable friendships were made during these events which Melvin thoroughly enjoyed attending. Melvin was a member of the 2nd Eng Combat Battalion Association and also the Yorktown Fleet Reserve #172 where he loved to visit often to socialize and relax.

Melvin loved people, especially his family, neighbors and friends. He also loved to discuss cars and exchange war stories. He was a happy man and was always fun to be with.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the York Convalescent Center for their care which Melvin was so dependent on.

A private family burial is planned with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Donations in Melvin's memory may be sent to: 2nd Eng Combat Battalion Association, attn: Phil Stewart, President, 409 Brookwood Lane, Lafayette, GA 30728-2534.

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Dot Pruitt

January 16, 2021

Melvin , was like a brother to me and Harry , and definitely Uncle Melvin to my kids they loved him dearly. My dad and mom loved him too, he was dads fishing bud and other buds too, you know what I mean. We love you Melvin and we will see you soon. Have fun with dad, Danny, Tommy and your other family and friends. Rip uncle Melvin.

Sharon Gathers

January 16, 2021

So sorry to hear about your dad, Jenny & Russell! May the Lord give you peace & strength to face the days ahead!
Love to all,
Sharon Gathers

Frances Holloway Freeman- Hinton

January 16, 2021

Melvin truly was a people person to know Melvin was too love him. Life of the party and do anything that he could for you. I choose to remember him the way he was many years ago . I went to visit him while he was in the nursing home and it's so sad that he wasn't able to communicate , carry on one of those Lively and spirited conversations. He's in a better place and everyone around him is laughing.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY