Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Lester Odell Edwards Jr.

March 26, 1950November 1, 2019

Supply, NC-Lester Odell Edwards Jr., 69, formerly of Sanford, passed away peacefully Friday, November 1, 2019 at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Lester was born on March 26, 1950, in Cumberland County to the late Lester Sr. and Vera Mae Edwards. He graduated from Greenwood High School, and he retired from Weyerhauser Inc. in Moncure, NC. He served his country in Vietnam in the HHC 196 Infantry where he received a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Army. Lester also served his community as a coach at the Western Harnett Youth Recreation Department.

He will be remembered as a generous man who was a wonderful husband, father, Papa, son, friend and coach. Above all else, he cherished his family and friends. He had a love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He enjoyed his retirement by spending the majority of his time at the beach and mountains of NC.

Lester is survived by his wife of 49 of years, Ann Moore Edwards of the home; a daughter Tracy Edwards Smith (Chad) of New Bern, Chris Edwards (Donna) of Sanford, and Brian Edwards (Christina) of Sanford; three brothers, Jerry Edwards, Jackie Edwards, and Johnny Edwards; one sister, Vicky Edwards; and nine grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home of his son, Chris Edwards on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at 3214 Carolina Way, Sanford, NC.

Online condolences can be made to the Edwards family at cottenfuneralhome.com


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Lester Odell Edwards Jr.

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