OBITUARY

Claude Embry Edwards

March 9, 1918October 7, 2013

Claude Embry Edwards was born on March 9, 1918 in his home in Gretna, Florida. He passed away at age 95 on October 7, 2013 in his home in Jacksonville, Florida surrounded by his family. He was the last child of nine children to pass. Embry served in the United States Marine Corps from 1936-1945, where he served on Iwo Jima in World War II and received a purple heart for his service, along with several other medals. After his service in the military he went to Florida State University and graduated in the first Co-ed class with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He worked as a journalist for the Gatson County Times for a short time. After that he became an electrician in Jacksonville, Florida and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 72 years. He attended church and sang in the choir at Evangel Temple Assembly of God for many years. Embry leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Marjorie, along with 5 children. Donna Rowand (Tom Rowand), Sina Cook(Michael Cook), Lora Ransom(Robert Ransom), Drew Edwards(Janarae Edwards) and Allene Jackson (Kurt Jackson). He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. We would like to acknowledge Community Hospice of Northeast Florida for the outstanding care they provided for Embry in his last days and also Jane Tabor, a dear friend of the family. Visitation will take place on October 9, 2013 from 6pm- 8pm at Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida 32205. The Funeral Service will take place on October 10, 2013 at 11am at Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 5755 Ramona Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32205. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 or www.communityhospice.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 10, 2013
REMEMBERING

Claude Embry Edwards

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October 22, 2013

I just read the paper we get from E. V. T. A of God Church. I'm so sorry. Please know you will be in my prayers. When I saw you at The Terrace N.H., I was so happy to see you and your son. I feel so bad I did not know. Your husband was a wonderful person. Call me when things settled down. I understand just going through this last year. Love, Betty Wilson

garey wood

October 15, 2013

Brother Embry was a walking, talkig miracle. He reminded me of President Jimmy Carter in so many ways. We were very fortunate to have a college educated southern aristocrat as our Business Manager, the working man's best friend.
He had been on my mind strongly for 2 weeks [not knowing He was ill] as I thought of organizing a 'Pioneer's of Macon' festival. I wanted to have Brother Embry and His wife flown to Macon so that he could tell some of the history there. I knew that time was fleeting for many of our elder historians.
I urge everyone to go on line and read of the many books, short stories and poems wriiten by Bro. Emry's grandfather [Harry Stillwell Edwards] at His writer's cabin on Browns Mound in Macon. He was perhaps the greatest and most prolific southern writer ever.
He owned several newspapers even tho His education was cut short by the War of Northern Aggression.
Broter Embry exemplied the greatness, humility, intelligence, kindness and perseverance of His ancestors. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

October 13, 2013

I WANT TO THANK EMBRYS FAMILY FOR ALLOWING COMMUNITY HOSPICE HELP THEM THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND THE PRIVILEGE I HAD OF BEING A PART OF THIS CELEBRATION. ARLINE KERINS

george Johnson

October 11, 2013

He was ONE OF OUR FAVORITE COUSINS

Freida Thomas

October 10, 2013

My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time. Embry always put a smile on my face during choir practice. He will be missed.

Tawny Cawthon

October 10, 2013

Grandpa was a one of a kind gentleman. He adored his children and grandchildren. He will forever be missed and this world will not be the same without him.

Dale Touchton

October 10, 2013

Mr. Edwards was a neighbor. I am a neighbor. Although I did not have the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with him, I did enjoy our chats when I was out waking. He was always very pleasant. He will be missed. He already is.

Dale Burns

October 10, 2013

Embry made a positive impact wherever he went and on whomever he met.
He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. I am so glad that I got to meet and got to know Embry and his family.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Marjorie and the family.

Sabrina McQueen

October 9, 2013

Sina and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY