Phillip Duane Edwards Jr.

December 18, 1983July 6, 2018
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USMC Staff Sgt. Retired Phillip D. Edwards Jr., 34, of Jacksonville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 6, 2018 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Phil "P.J." retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2012 after 10 1/2 years of faithful service. He was a member of the Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club since 2010. He volunteered with Southwest Soccer Club for numerous years, served as a Coach for his kids soccer teams, and he was the assistant Bear Den Leader with Pack 879. Phil not only lived his life to the fullest, but loved to the fullest as well. He was dedicated to his country, family and friends; always giving of himself to everyone.

He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Edwards Sr.; uncle, John Edwards and grandfather, William Edwards.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Destiny Edwards; daughter, Natasha Edwards; son, Philip Edwards; mother, Janet Edwards of Lexington, NC; siblings, Shannon Klinefelter of Oxford, GA, Renee Holden of Erie, PA, Eric Holden (Jenny) of Lexington, NC, Amanda Hiwiller (Larry) of Galveston, TX, and Samantha Edwards of Beaufort, SC; numerous nieces and nephews and many extended family members.

A celebration of life service, with full military honors, will be held at 1p.m. on Friday, July 13 at Johnson Funeral Home of Jacksonville. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. and again from 12-1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be forwarded to the SECU family house at NHRMC, 1523 Physicians Drive, Wilmington , NC 28401.

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  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 13, 2018

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Glenda Brown

July 13, 2018

Thinking of you all today and in the coming days! Hold on to the memories, laugh when you can and cry should you need to. Please find comfort in knowing that others are praying for you during this difficult time!! May God Bless You All!!!

Howard and Nicole Jackson

July 11, 2018

We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband Phillip. Please, know that our family is holding you up in prayer. May God wrap His arms of comfort and grace around you and your children during this difficult time. We may never understand the "why" of Phillips sudden departure from this life but we are assured of God's love for you and that His love will sustain you!
Love, Nicole & Howard Jackson

Megan Gill

July 10, 2018

I’m praying that your sweet family feels God’s comfort and neverending love during this terrible, unthinkable time. Sending an extra big hug to sweet Philip. Love, Miss Gill

Brenda Clausen

July 9, 2018

Destiny even though your Uncle and I never knew him we knew him through all your wonderful facebook posts nothing we can say will be enough in this tragedy but know that you and your children are loved by all of us here Aunt Brenda and Uncle David

Nathan Saraceno

July 9, 2018

Sending Prayers to PJ's family!!! I met him back when we both attended church as kids was always a good guy and stood up for the little guy. He will be missed by many. Rest In Peace PJ