Alan Andrew Edwards

October 23, 1956May 27, 2018
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It is with great sadness that the family of Alan Andrew Edwards announces his passing after a brutal tragedy. He was pronounced dead on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the age of 61 in Nashville, TN. Alan will be lovingly remembered by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas “Tommy” Edwards, Sr. and Evelyn Westmoreland Edwards. He is survived by two brothers, James “Jimmy” Thomas Edwards, Jr. (Kimberlee), Scott Coleman Edwards (Carol); two nephews, Charles Thomas Edwards, James Patrick Edwards (Jaclyn); niece, Jennifer Emmaryne Edwards; three great-nephews, Jack Patrick Edwards, James Thomas Edwards, Charlie Hollis Edwards; great-niece, Geny Meredith Edwards; step-nephew, Jordan Bailey; step-nieces, McKenzie Bailey and Kayla Jones, sister-in-law Gail Geny Edwards; aunt, Anne Edwards; uncle, David Westmoreland; numerous cousins; extended church family; and many loving friends.

A well respected member of the community, Alan left a legacy of love and generosity. As a committed activist, dedicated Sunday School teacher, and dog lover, Alan’s investment was in people. He found the secret to living life with joy and peace and changed lives through his kindness. Commented friends have said, “The world will be a lesser place without him in it.” Loved and respected by all who knew him, Alan will be deeply missed.

Alan was a graduate of Hillsboro High School with a BWS degree from Memphis State University (Cum Laude) and a BA from Belmont University (Magna Cum Laude); Vice President (retired) of George D. Edwards Electric Company, former vestry member of St. Ann’s Episcopal, former Elder of Downtown Presbyterian church, and one of the founders of Nashville CARES.

Two memorial services will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018. First at Downtown Presbyterian (154 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219) from 12:15-1pm and the second at Holy Trinity Community (6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209) from 1:30-2:30pm. There will be an LGBTQ Pride Luncheon and Concert fundraiser dedicated to Alan at Holy Trinity Community starting at 11:30am for all of those who would like to attend. A graveside service will held on June 23rd, 2018 at 12:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to either Nashville CARES and/or Holy Trinity Community Church. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Judith Plummer

June 2, 2018

I knew Alan for only about a year, ever since he bought the house next door to me on Barclay Drive.

When he first introduced himself I was surprised both with his candor and the effort he was making to be sure we got started off right as neighbors. He told me I didn’t need to worry about him having loud parties because he was a recovering alcoholic in AA, and the gatherings he’d be likely to have would mostly involve people from his church.

As part of improving the area between our two houses, he covered the costs of knocking down an old fence on my side, which I thought was very generous indeed.

And when I introduced him to my Boston Terrier, Buster, Alan seemed totally delighted and treated my rambunctious pooch like he was someone very special.

We generally had short over-the-fence conversations, always cordial. He said sometime he’d have me come over and see the improvements he’d made to the interior of his house, but we never got around to it. Once, when he particularly liked an improvement I was making to the outside of my home, he paused his convertible in front of my place to give me a smile and a thumbs up. His own front yard was gorgeous and made our whole neighborhood look good.

Alan was a considerate neighbor, and I will miss him very much. I had hoped to get to know him better as time passed, but I have now been robbed of that opportunity. A friendly next-door neighbor who showed goodwill towards towards me and liked my dog to boot—how can you beat that?

Rest In Peace, Alan!

Jaclyn Edwards

May 30, 2018

As so many others have expressed here, there are no words to explain what an amazing man Alan was. He was my uncle by marriage but treated me as his daughter. He was always there for me and my family in a way that made us feel more than loved and supported. He dressed up as Santa one year for my 4 children and it was the cutest thing you've ever seen. He was a giving man with the most generous and gracious heart. This is the worst possible thing that could happen to the best man I knew (besides my own beloved father). Uncle Alan, we hold you so tight in our hearts. We will always remember you in the way you would want us to...with love, light, and peace. I ask God our Father, whom you so deeply loved, please wrap your precious arms around our brother and uncle. We ask for your peace and understanding Lord Jesus. Take away our rage and anger over this situation and turn it into something beautiful. Alan would've wanted it. For his loss of life to not be in vain. We love you Unc


May 30, 2018

I saw the news and refused to believe it was Alan .. Read Hodges called me on Monday and we talked of Alan and then I had to accept the news .. to say my heart is sadden is putting it mildly . when I moved to Nashville Alan was one of the 1st people I met who became a friend . his life blessed all who came in contact with him . his loving spirit his desire to be a help to all including those who he didnt really know was the act of a selfless man .. I met him when we lived on Acklen Park Drive .. and Alan took me to MCC . in Sept of 1981 ..for that and many other acts of kindness to me he has a special place in my heart ..
Alan's obituary only touches the surface of the person he was .. life's memories are what keep us in each other's hearts and he will always be in my heart's memories .
my heartfelt sympathies to his family .. his friends . his churches's families ..
as I begin to write this "Spirit in the Sky' came on my .. and tears formed I thought for real . there was a true loving "Spirit in the Sky" .. may we all remember the love he had for all . for those who loved him may we be comforted in the knowledge that Alan did good while he walked this earth ..and I do believe he would want us to smile when we think of him .. GOD bless us all .. RIP my friend

Cathi Gatewood-Keim

May 30, 2018

There will be a permanent empty space in my heart from the tragic loss of Alan that I shall choose to fill with memories. Over the last three years, I have come to love and respect the incredible beauty that was Alan through his teaching of Adult Education and other work he willingly did for me whenever asked and for Holy Trinity. His quick wit, hearty laugh, deeply spiritual insight, and profound joy is such a loss. He was one who I could always count on, he was steady, loving, and kind. I will miss his stories of Bart and Bridget, his leadership and I will, most especially, miss my prayer buddy. I don't let too many in, and Alan was one who I shall be forever grateful that I did learn to open up to, laugh with, and simply share life stories, pains, prayers, and joys with. Thank you Alan for all you gave to so many.

Connie Leach

May 30, 2018

Alan was one of those 'best friends' that you never forget. Always there if you need something-- always ready to step in.
He was so bright and funny, made you laugh sometime till you couldn't breathe. I'm glad he knew the GOD of all comfort-- glad we know Him too.

Vickie Bradley-Lawson

May 30, 2018

I was saddened and shocked to hear about Alan's death. We worked and played together many years ago. Alan, was always fun to be around and showed kindness to anyone he met. We shared so many good times together. I pray God will wrap His loving arms around his family and friends during this difficult time.