OBITUARY

Howard Thomas Edwards

June 9, 1944March 6, 2018
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Howard Thomas Edwards, 73, passed away suddenly on March 6, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia “Ginger” Tucker Edwards, his father, Julian Carr Edwards and his mother and step-father, Ruby Young Evans and Marvin Ennis Evans.

Howard received a Bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina before receiving his MBA at the University of Georgia. He went on to start his career in the finance and banking industry, working for NCNB, Nations Bank and Bank of America for 30 years. Putting his skills to work, Howard quickly rose to management, becoming the Senior Vice President in many territories throughout North Carolina. In 1990, he took on the role of President of the Triangle East Region in Raleigh. After retiring, he went on to work as a consultant for Commercial Banking Consultants in Raleigh for seven years.

Aside from his accomplished career, Howard was very involved in volunteering and giving back to his community. He was the director or chairman of many civic groups, such as The Boys and Girls Club, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Triangle Community Foundation and the United Way, just to name a few. He was awarded the President’s Cup Award, Outstanding City Office in System in 1987 and 1993. In his younger years, Howard was a football and basketball player, playing basketball through college. Later in life he truly enjoyed the game of golf. He was also an avid Indian arrowhead collector. Howard had a wonderful sense of humor, always ready with a joke or a funny story. His family remembers him as being ever devoted, and always putting his children first. He was also the most enthusiastic grandfather, with his grandchildren being the light of his later years of life. Howard’s daughters will always remember his words of wisdom, with two of their favorite sayings being: “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes” and “A leopard’s spots never change”.

Howard is survived by his daughters, Laura Edwards Orcutt and husband, Darby, and Vee Vee Edwards Vick and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Cameron Thomas Orcutt, Parker Edwards Orcutt, Virginia Reese Vick and Juliann Hartley Vick; brother, Andrew Carr Edwards and wife, Morgan; sisters, Linda Balch and husband, Tim, and Sue Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 2:00-5:00pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street in Raleigh. A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 1:00pm at Gardner’s Baptist Church Cemetery, 968 Church Hill Road in Macon, NC. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Howard’s memory to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.

  • FAMILY

  • Howard is survived by his daughters, Laura Edwards Orcutt and husband, Darby, and Vee Vee Edwards Vick and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Cameron Thomas Orcutt, Parker Edwards Orcutt, Virginia Reese Vick and Juliann Hartley Vick; brother, Andrew Carr Edwards and wife, Morgan; sisters, Linda Balch and husband, Tim, and Sue Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Howard Thomas Edwards

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Alice White McVey

March 21, 2018

VeeVee and Laura,

I am just heart broken for you two and your families. I so fondly remember your grandparents and Ginger and Howard. The wedding in Warrenton was such a grand affair and it gave the White Family a chance to get to know Howard..... since he stayed in my brothers bedroom. First time I ever saw someone with a toothbrush jammed into a box of baking soda. Boy - Howard had a great smile.

Dad and he became fast friends when Howard started sharing my dads love forbcollecting arrowheads. Another fond memory is dad and me playing golf with Ginger and Howard. It was only one time and I was probably 13 or 14 but it was so fun! Funny... the things we remember.

The Tucker family was so important to my family and Howard was a welcome addition to the party.

Mary T., Chuck and I share your pain. Thankfully, we have so many wonderful memories to put a smile on our faces.

Love you both!

Alice

Kevin Shannon

March 14, 2018

I first met Howard in the mid-80's when he arrived in Raleigh as City Executive for NCNB. My friend and colleague Neal Gilbert and I, who reported directly to Howard, were disappointed by the departure of Howard's predecessor. Because of our disappointment, we were determined to not like Howard. So we gave him the cold shoulder. That lasted all of about two days. He simply wore us down and won us over. Despite our best efforts it was truly impossible not to like, then ultimately love Howard. He was the epitome of "Hail fellow well met." I have so many memories of working, laughing, playing with him. His love for Ginger and "the girls" knew no bounds and he was a true southern gentleman. He was a breed of only one and while I am saddened that he left us early, like everyone who ever knew him, I cherish all the memories of a dear, dear man.

Ron Day

March 10, 2018

Howard changed my life. He gave me my first job in banking at NCNB in 1987 and introduced me to colleagues who became lifelong friends. Howard was a great connector of people and leader and cared personally for all those around him. He will be greatly missed. RIP HTE.

Doc Albergotti

March 9, 2018

Sigma Chi golf reunion at Fripp Island
Howard, Doc, Bud Moore, Bobby Dukes

rocky harwood

March 9, 2018

I first met Howard in 1966 when I pledged Sigma Chi at the University of South Carolina. In fact, Howard was my "big brother" in the fraternity. We shared many wild and wonderful times during those days. Howard was a groomsman in my wedding and I remember the good times I had at his and Ginger's wedding. Just last weekend several Sigma Chi brothers and I met at Pawley's Island and reminisced about our college days. Howard's name came up often in these conversations as we shared lots of stories and laughs at Howard's expense! He was loved by all of his Sigma Chi brothers and will be truly missed. My sincere condolences to his family and especially his daughters who he loved so dearly.

Angie Sandoval

March 9, 2018

Sending heartfelt condolences to all who loved him. I am very sorry for your loss.

Jim (Doc) Albergotti

March 8, 2018

Howard was a dear friend going back 50 years. Some called him H.T. and some H.E. We (my wife Ethel) were friends with Howard since college years at South Carolina. Later in life we were lucky enough to become friends with and get to know Ginger before she left us. Since day-one when Howard Edwards walked up or entered a room he had a presence. You always knew Howard was special. There was something about him that made people take notice. He was tall, handsome and would look you straight in the eye. He figured people out in short order. His voice was a southern blend of NC, Ga ,SC drawl that you seldom hear anymore.
Howard loved old stories and loved listening to old stories (especially ones that he was in). Howard was unique, talented and if there ever was "his own man" it was Howard Edwards.

Linda Freeman

March 8, 2018

I hold in my heart a very special memory of Howard. We held hands during a prayer December 28, 2017. He was holding my hand tightly and gave it a squeeze tighter at the end! I’m blessed to have known Howard ♥️

David Jordan

March 7, 2018

I have great memories of Howard in college and sorry to hear of his passing.

Marty Wright

March 7, 2018

I can't ever think of Howard and Ginger and not smile or rather laugh! Had some wonderful times with them. He's finally with GE & EP. HE, please tell them both we said hey and they are getting some pretty good company! We love you much and will miss you terribly! Goodbye, my good friend!

Biography

Howard Thomas Edwards, 73, passed away suddenly on March 6, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia “Ginger” Tucker Edwards, his father, Julian Carr Edwards and his mother and step-father, Ruby Young Evans and Marvin Ennis Evans.

Howard received a Bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina before receiving his MBA at the University of Georgia. He went on to start his career in the finance and banking industry, working for NCNB, Nations Bank and Bank of America for 30 years. Putting his skills to work, Howard quickly rose to management, becoming the Senior Vice President in many territories throughout North Carolina. In 1990, he took on the role of President of the Triangle East Region in Raleigh. After retiring, he went on to work as a consultant for Commercial Banking Consultants in Raleigh for seven years.

Aside from his accomplished career, Howard was very involved in volunteering and giving back to his community. He was the director or chairman of many civic groups, such as The Boys and Girls Club, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Triangle Community Foundation and the United Way, just to name a few. He was awarded the President’s Cup Award, Outstanding City Office in System in 1987 and 1993.

In his younger years, Howard was a football and basketball player, playing basketball through college. Later in life he truly enjoyed the game of golf. He was also an avid Indian arrowhead collector. Howard had a wonderful sense of humor, always ready with a joke or a funny story. His family remembers him as being ever devoted, and always putting his children first. He was also the most enthusiastic grandfather, with his grandchildren being the light of his later years of life. Howard’s daughters will always remember his words of wisdom, with two of their favorite sayings being: “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes” and “A leopard’s spots never change”.

Howard is survived by his daughters, Laura Edwards Orcutt and husband, Darby, and Vee Vee Edwards Vick and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Cameron Thomas Orcutt, Parker Edwards Orcutt, Virginia Reese Vick and Juliann Hartley Vick; brother, Andrew Carr Edwards and wife, Morgan; sisters, Linda Balch and husband, Tim, and Sue Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 2:00-5:00pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s Street in Raleigh. A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 1:00pm at Gardner’s Baptist Church Cemetery, 968 Church Hill Road in Macon, NC. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Howard’s memory to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.