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Joe Edwards

December 9, 1931September 1, 2018

Joe Madison Edwards Jr., 86, passed away September 1, 2018 while living in Waco at the Arbor House. The Memorial Service will be Saturday, September 8th 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Marlin, Texas. The Reverend Mark Newton and Mark Collins will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Friday September 7 also at the First Baptist Church. Joe Madison Edwards was born December 9, 1931 in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Marlin High School, Joe attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas on a basketball scholarship where he met his wife of 66 years, Dorothy “Pud” Aline Easley Edwards. His first job was with Lone Star Gas in Marlin, Mart and Mesquite, Texas. From 1962-1968, Joe worked for 1st National Bank of Mesquite. In 1968 Joe and his family moved back to Marlin to run the Western Auto Store with his mother and father until they retired and did so until 2016, when it ceased operation after 75 years. Throughout his life, Joe served his church, First Baptist in countless ways—as member and as a Deacon, serving as chairman of the deacons and leading many church leadership committees including pastor search committees throughout the years. Joe was involved in many other church and community activities including Lion’s club, Chamber of Commerce, Marlin Bulldog Quarterback Club and the Baylor Bear Foundation. He loved playing golf especially with his golfing companion of over 50 years Cotton Lindloff. He enjoyed and supported Baylor sports and his hometown Marlin Bulldogs. He was loved by many because he loved and cared for many, whether it was his Western Auto employees and customers, fellow church members, Marlin residents, friends and family. Survivors include his wife, Pud Edwards of Marlin, Texas; brother Robert E. Edwards and wife, Susan; children, Sam Edwards and wife Georgia of San Angelo, Texas ; Lis Edwards Buchwald and husband Trip of Colleyville, Texas; Dottie Edwards Collins and husband Mark of Houston, Texas ; Britt Edwards and wife Jennifer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren Samuel Edwards and wife Crystal; Britt Buchwald and wife Jenny; Barrett Buchwald and wife Amanda; Elisabeth Buchwald McMullan and husband Dave; Haley Collins Thomas and husband Jackson, Luke Collins and wife Lisa, Hannah Collins Hines and husband Brian; Britt Edwards, Madison Edwards, Amanda and Aaron Ramsdell and great grandchildren Wyatt Edwards; Beckett Buchwald; Bennett and Cailin Buchwald; Hadley McMullan; and Ella and Gia Thomas; He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Mae Edwards and grandson Alex Edwards. The family would like to thank all of Joe’s caretakers at Arbor House, who so lovingly cared for him the past 16 months. Their kindness and patience were such a blessing to him and his family and was appreciated more than they will ever know. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to 1st Baptist Church, Marlin or Boys and Girls Club of Marlin or the charity of their choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Mae Edwards and grandson Alex Edwards. Survivors include his wife, Pud Edwards of Marlin, Texas; brother Robert E. Edwards and wife, Susan; children, Sam Edwards and wife Georgia of San Angelo, Texas ; Lis Edwards Buchwald and husband Trip of Colleyville, Texas; Dottie Edwards Collins and husband Mark of Houston, Texas ; Britt Edwards and wife Jennifer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren Samuel Edwards and wife Crystal; Britt Buchwald and wife Jenny; Barrett Buchwald and wife Amanda; Elisabeth Buchwald McMullan and husband Dave; Haley Collins Thomas and husband Jackson, Luke Collins and wife Lisa, Hannah Collins Hines and husband Brian; Britt Edwards, Madison Edwards, Amanda and Aaron Ramsdell and great grandchildren Wyatt Edwards; Beckett Buchwald; Bennett and Cailin Buchwald; Hadley McMullan; and Ella and Gia Thomas.
  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church
  • Boys and Girls Club

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 7, 2018

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 8, 2018

Memories

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Pastor Rob reyes

September 26, 2019

My deep heart felt love to the Edwards family. Mr. Edwards hired a young boy that grew up poor and wanting to better his life. I learned so many things about respect, accountability and responsibility under his leadership as my boss. But the best thing I learned was how to simply love people! I am eternally grateful for his investment in a young man that would grow up to become a pastor.

Pastor Rob Reyes
Gospel Lighthouse Church

Matt Perez

September 17, 2018

Mr. Edwards was one of the greatest men I knew. My uncle John worked for him at western auto and I had the privilege of working for him as well when I was about 12-13 years old. I use to assemble bikes for him to put out in the show room floor. My uncle and him thought me the foundations of working hard. I can only image what kind of celebration went on in heaven when he arrived. Prayers of strength and peace for Mrs. Edwards and Mr.Bob and the rest of the family.

Sheryl Odenbach Pringle

September 8, 2018

What a great man! Mr. Edwards was so kind and helped so many people through the years. Prayers for the family.

Cheryl Williams

September 7, 2018

Sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Edwards, he was a very nice man..When I first moved here with no credit he let me buy all my appliances just because he knew my mom and that she had an account there....he said if you are Annie"a daughter I know you will pay....Always spoke to you no matter where he saw you and knew your name...if people still like he was it would be a better world.

Melissa King

September 7, 2018

What an honorable man who will be greatly missed! My condolences to the family and may you be comforted by the life well lived and Godly example Mr. Edwards exhibited.

Bob Caperton

September 7, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to Pud and the Edwards family. Joe was my brother's very closest friend throughout their Marlin school days and for many years afterward. Joe was always such a gentleman. He made shopping at Western Auto such a pleasure. The last time I saw Joe was at my brother's funeral. Rest in peace, Joe.

Tim & Dana Bratcher

September 7, 2018

We are so sad to hear of Mr. Edwards passing, but we know he is rejoicing in heaven. He was such a good person who you never heard anything bad about. He was a dear friend to our father, Andy Bratcher. Mr. Edwards was truly one of the great men of Marlin. God Speed, Mr. Edwards, you have earned many jewels in your crown.

Jo Anna Czajkoski

September 7, 2018

Mr. Edwards was a great Christian example, and a gentleman among gentlemen. I always enjoyed our visits, his kindness, and his willingness to support St. Joseph Fall Festival every year. I also have great admiration for his dear wife Pud, who has been by his side through his struggles. May God bless all of you with His peace, joy, love, and comfort.

Patricia (Cobb) Larson

September 6, 2018

My mother, Lucille Cobb, worked for Mr. Edwards for many years. She thought so very highly of him. I’m sure they’re visiting in Heaven as we speak. My sympathy & condolences for Mr. Edwards’ family...

Oralee Hegefeld

September 6, 2018

He was a good man. You never heard anything except praise about him. He will be missed by all of Marlin. The good lord has a place for him!!!!!

FROM THE FAMILY