John David Edwards

May 5, 1930January 1, 2014

Mr. John D. Edwards, age 83, of Blountville,Tennessee passed away on January 1, 2014 at the Life Care Center of Gray in Gray, Tennessee.

Mr. Edwards was born on May 5, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Byron and Margaretta Jung Edwards. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed cutting wood, gardening, and was an avid reader. Mr. Edwards served in the United States Navy from 1948-1951 and graduated from The Ohio University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1955. He lived in Blountville, Tennessee for 31 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Blountville. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Edwards was employed with GE and Univac as a Quality Control manager.

Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by one brother Richard Edwards and one sister Joan Edwards Barry. Survivors include his beloved wife, Mrs. Lillian Brooks Edwards; Son, David (Mary Ellen) Edwards; Daughters, Deborah Zabek and Denise (Dale) Earl. Step-sons, Dr. David (Susan) Rankin and Philip (Debra) Rankin; Step-daughter, Susan Marie Rankin. Sisters, Alice Kinne and Frances Bowers. Grandchildren, Adam (Tara) Edwards, Allison Edwards, Rebecca Edwards, Mark Edwards, Joseph Zabek, Laura Zabek, Daniel Earl, Michael Earl, Bennett Smith, Jamie Sendelbach, Drs. Christopher(Laura) Rankin, Drew Rankin and Melanie Rankin.

Funeral services for Mr. Edwards will be conducted on Sunday January 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of Blountville. Dr. Clay Austin will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at the church. Burial service will follow in the East Lawn Memorial Park.

The following gentlemen will serve as active pallbearers and are requested to meet at the church on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and they include: Adam Edwards, Mark Edwards, Daniel Earl, Michael Earl, Bennett Smith, and Drew Rankin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Blountville Building Fund, PO Box 587, Blountville, Tennessee 37617.

The family wishes to express a very heartfelt “Thank You” to Jody Martin FNP and the staff of Life Care Center of Gray station 1, and to Dr. Rachel Monderer for her many years of professional care.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

East Lawn Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 5, 2014

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Lori, Johnny, David Colosi-Husnay

January 5, 2014

Our sympathies go out to your whole family and especially Deb, Joe and Laura on your loss.

David Russell

January 4, 2014

We have great memories of John. Many years of bowling on the same team, golfing in the same league and years of Saturday morning golfing. He will be greatly missed.
Joyce and Dave Russell

John Dwyer

January 4, 2014

Lillian Deb Denise Dave lost a great man never knew anyone better really told me a lot about his grandchildren wish i could have spent more time with him condolences

Mona Glover

January 4, 2014

Dear Lillian,
I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. He was a dear man, and I will always remember how happy you two were together. May God's peace and understanding be with you.
Mona Glover