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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

Eugene "Gene" Bailey Edwards Jr.

February 10, 1941February 8, 2020
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Eugene “Gene” Bailey Edwards, Jr., 78, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on February 8, 2020, two days before his 79th birthday.

Gene was born in Austin, Texas to the late Eugene and Minnie Davis Edwards. Though born a Texan, Gene became an Arkansan by adoption, and of course, by marriage.

Gene met the love of his life, Marsha, through a mutual friend. He knew after their first lunch at Molly’s he would marry her. It took her a little while longer (a full four months) to fall in love with his beautiful prayers and amazing singing voice. February 14, 2020 would have been their 21st wedding anniversary.

Gene graduated with a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and served many “yoked” parishes in Arkansas including ones in Norman, Mt. Ida, Gurdon, and Tate’s Bluff. He also served at a church in Pryor, Oklahoma and Channelview, Texas.

Having proudly served in the US Air Force both as active duty and reserve for more than 22 years as a medic and a chaplain, Gene was called to return to chaplaincy. He comforted many with the Lord’s Word through his Military, Hospice, Hospital, and Police Chaplaincies.

Gene loved dogs, but especially, Dolly, his toy poodle.

Gene is survived by his wife, two grown sons and Marsha’s children- who loved Gene as their own.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 17, 2020

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Carrie Walker

February 17, 2020

On behalf of University Presbyterian Church, Houston, we send our condolences to Gene's family. He preached at the church for a brief time. We will always remember him. May God comfort and keep you during this time and always.

Carrie Walker

BOBI ROBBINS

February 16, 2020

Marsha I was so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. I know there are no words I can offer to make you feel better. Just rely on friends and family to see you thru this time.

Carlton Edwards

February 12, 2020

Gene, always seemed like a brother I never had but, is my 1st cousin, and we lived next door to each other. Because of Gene my love of Classical music is a great joy to me. Music was important in the life of Gene as he had a beautiful voice and sang with our church choir. Gene will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace Cousin.

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