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OBITUARY

Robert Sherard Edington

November 18, 1929July 26, 2020

Robert Sherard Edington, age 90, of Mobile, Alabama, died on July 26, 2020, at his summer home in Destin, Florida. A funeral service will be held on the lawn of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church in Mobile on Thursday, July 30, at 9:00 a.m. with the Rev. Buz Wilcoxon officiating. Due to COVID there will be no visitation.

Robert was born in Mobile to Judge David Henry Edington and Cornelia Owen Edington on November 18, 1929. He married Patricia Gentry on June 2, 1962. He is a graduate of UMS, Rhodes College, and the University of Alabama Law School. He practiced law in Mobile for over 60 years.

Robert is survived by his wife Patricia, son Sherard (Courtney Hollins), daughter Virginia, and granddaughter Courtney.

Robert joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served as a decorated Air Intelligence Officer for a fighter squadron in the Korean War before retiring from the Reserves with the rank of Commander. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Council of the Navy League as well as state president and a national director of the Navy League of the United States. For 60 years, Robert coordinated the U.S. Navy ships that docked in Mobile at Mardi Gras. In 2012, Robert was named the Mobile Area Veteran of the Year.

As an attorney, Robert was a member of the Mobile and Alabama Bar Associations. He served as director of the Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Robert served for eight years in the Alabama House of Representatives and then four years as a state senator representing Mobile County. As a legislator, he helped create the USS Alabama Battleship Commission which brought the USS Alabama to Mobile in the 1960s. He was a long-time member of the Commission and served two terms as chair.

As a legislator, Robert was instrumental in the creation of the University of South Alabama, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, as well as the development of Bishop State Community College. He played a lead role in establishing the Alabama Historical Commission, and in recognition of his efforts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. presented Robert their national award.

In 2008, Robert was named Mobilian of the Year by the Mobile Civitan Club for his 50 years of service to the city. He is a charter member of Mobile United and a faithful member of Mobile’s Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs as well as the Mobile Chamber of Commerce.

Robert chaired the CSS Alabama Association, an organization responsible for underwater archeological expeditions at the wreck site of the CSS Alabama off the coast of France. Robert also loaned his expertise appearing on the History Channel’s documentary "Raise the Alabama."

Robert was Mobile’s Consul to Guatemala for 20 years and in this capacity he organized Mobile’s first trade mission to Central America. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Achievement Award. He served on the National Advisory Board for the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2008, Robert was named Rhodes College’s Alumni of the Year.

Robert was an elder at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church and long-time Sunday School teacher. He chaired the board of the Montreat Association.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the USS Battleship Commission.

The family asks that memorials may be given to Spring Hill Presbyterian Church.

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Robert (Bob) Montgomery

August 4, 2020

It was a great joy to be Robert's room-mate at Rhodes and also to have wonderful visits in Mobile and area with his family. Robert has a wonderful sense of humor that made him very enjoyable to be around. He, of course, had a deep knowledge and ethical sense and had the high character you could always trust. Since we are the same age, it won't be long until I will see him again.

glenn sprinkle

July 31, 2020

Pat our family expresses sympathy for your loss.

Glenn,Laura, Joel Larry Sprinkle

Elaine Tonsmeire Drake

July 31, 2020

Robert and Pat were friends while I lived in Mobile.
Dear Pat, It is with a great deal of regret that I read of Robert's death. It is my sincere prayer that the love and support of your family and friends will make his lose just a little easier to bear.
Most sincerely,
Elaine Tonsmeire Drake

Miranda Wansley

July 30, 2020

Thankful for the opportunity to know Mr. Robert over the last several months. He always put a smile on my face and I looked forward to our visits. Prayers for you, Mrs. Pat, and for all of the family.

Harriet Nihart

July 30, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I’ve known Robert most of my life.
His life was such a blessing to so many.
May the Hily Sourit be with you during this time.

Claire Stanard

July 30, 2020

Robert and Pat gave me my first taste of politics when he ran for the U.S. Senate against John Sparkman. What a great man, candidate, and leader he was! I later went on to work in the U.S. Senate as a Legislative Aide and Press Secretary and owe my skills to Robert. As a couple, Robert and Pat never met a stranger and welcomed everyone into their lives and their home. Robert Edington truly lived a wonderful and admirable life!

Stephanie Baker

July 30, 2020

I met Mr. Edington years ago through Aunt Goody (Mrs. Marguerite Franklin). He was so kind to me and very knowledgeable. I will always remember him and I am so sad about his passing. My deepest sympathy to all the family and friends.

Elizabeth Citrin

July 30, 2020

Our deepest condolences to such a wonderful man and a beautiful family.

Missy and John Kuykendall

July 30, 2020

We are so glad to have seen Robert last fall at the Springhill Presbyterian church celebration. He was a special “member” of the Moore and Kuykendall families and we send our love to Pat, Virginia and Sherard.

Barbara Tonsmeire Yonge

July 29, 2020

A good friend and a great legal scholar he will be missed . Barbara Tonsmeire Yonge

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