James Garland Edwards

March 5, 1942April 12, 2021

Jim Edwards, age 79, passed away at his home in Quinton, Virginia, on April 12, 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Dan (Lynda); daughters Jen (Joe) and Shannon; seven grandchildren: Forest, Melanie, Kaitlyn, Brenan, Lenora, Abigail, and Joseph “Pax”; and brother, Clay (Janice).

Jim served five years in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1969. He worked as the Director of Human Resources at the Southern Baptist International Mission Board for over 30 years. After retiring in 2004,

Jim turned his hobby of home repair into a small business, Jim and Judy’s Home Repair, LLC. He and Judy loved working together and serving others who needed a helping hand.

Jim led his family with strength and sacrificial love, always pointing them to faith in Christ. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy and will always be remembered for his witty remarks, welcoming spirit, and appreciation for a good milkshake.


  • Judy Edwards, Wife
  • Dan Edwards (Lynda), Son
  • Jen Horst (Joe), Daughter
  • Shannon Edwards, Daughter
  • Forest, Melanie, Kaitlyn, Brenan, Lenora, Abigail and Joseph "Pax", Grandchildren
  • Clay Edwards (Janice), Brother


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Bob Williams

April 18, 2021

My memories of Butch are of a kind, quiet and generous person. He let me use his VW for commuting to a summer job in DC during the summer of 1966, while he was away. This enabled me to get my first hands-on engineering job at the Washington Navy Annex and helped me save money for my college expenses. Butch's upstanding character and demeanor lives on in his son Dan, and in Dan's and Lynda's wonderful children.

Judy Hanshaw

April 18, 2021

Dear Judy and Daughters, So sorry for your loss. Jim was a kind, caring man who was always there for me and my dear. Buck when we needed anything for home repairs .You all were great neighbors and loved watching your girls grow up. I know you have lost a wonderful Dad and husband. You all are strong in your faith and this will help heal your emptiness. Thinking of you. Love Judy 💘

Anita Bowden

April 16, 2021

I interviewed with Jim in 1973 for a writing position. I was one year away from a BA in English. He told me I was absolutely not qualified. What did I need? A degree in journalism. Four years later after receiving a masters in journalism and nearly a year of experience, I was back, starting a 36-year career with the board.
During that time, my coworkers in communications and I suffered several years under an associate VP that was the most cruel, underhanded individual I’ve ever encountered. Jim worked with us to compile a file on this person that was strong enough to overcome the political protection this person enjoyed. I’ll always be grateful for Jim’s persistence and thoroughness in seeing that justice was done.

Bill Nance

April 15, 2021

In 1976, Jim was the HR Director and the point person I worked with after my interview and subsequent hiring as a programmer in the IT department. Moving from Texas to the east coast was an exciting, yet somewhat daunting, experience. Jim was so supportive during my entire tenure at the FMB and always had welcomed and sage advice whenever I needed it. I’m glad we remained in touch after I left in 1997.

I will miss his fatherly spirit, his genuine warmth, his advice, and mostly his friendship. May the Lord be with his family during this time.

Sylvia Cutchins

April 15, 2021

Jim was one of the kindest men I’ve known. He and Judy became my friends about 10-12 years ago. I’m so sorry to hear of his loss but, without a doubt, he is now in his eternal home. Be at peace, family, as he is at peace, knowing you will see him again. ❤️

Rita Lowery-Robinson

April 14, 2021

I well remember “Butch” leading a youth retreat at my home church, Stough Memorial, Pineville, NC. He and his brother Clay left a lasting and positive impression on me. My heartfelt condolences to all his dear family.( rita lowery)

Benjamin Pruett

April 14, 2021

Jim hired me as a mail clerk at the Foreign Mission Board in 1976 and I worked there for 3 years while attending VCU I saw him a few times after I left in 1979 he was always friendly and a first class person I have a lot of respect for him RIP

Bonnie Bryant

April 14, 2021

Jim Edwards was my boss in HR at the IMB for almost10 years. He was always kind and the best person I ever worked for. I always knew Jim was going to be quick to solve anything that came along. Jim was a Godly man who lived his life as a etestimony of his love of Christ. He loved his famiy and his family of employees in Staff Personel. One thing I will never forget, he loved grits and every year as we celebrated his birthday, there was always something on the menu with grits!! Love and prayers to Judy and the entire family.