Jonathan Hayes Edwards

May 15, 1949February 4, 2021

Jonathan Hayes Edwards was born on May 15th, 1949 in Wrentham, MA, the son of Wilfred Carl and Cecile Marie Ann (Pepin) Edwards. He grew up with two brothers and one sister, Carl, David and Gloria. He attended high school, graduating from King Philip High School in Wrentham, and then graduated from Bryant College in 1980, majoring in Criminal Justice. He met this pretty, petite girl named Susan Gail Dumas, and she married Jon on May 27th, 1967, in Wrentham, MA. This union was blessed with two children, Dawn Edwards-Watson and Jonathan Edwards Jr. Jon worked in Law Enforcement from 1971 until 1986. That was just the icing on the cake. He was an author, artist, musician and producer, he was a licensed insurance adjuster in four states, and loved the farming life. Jon played piano on a cruise line, produced great recordings in the studio with his son, and traveled extensively. Jon golfed on Maui and Myrtle Beach, watched the sun rise on Figi, Hawaii and Samoa, and lunched with Peter, Paul and Mary. Hes had lunch with Ray Peteson, and Jon Osorio, and attended concerts by Al Stewart, Eric Burden, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Foghat. He loved taking his children camping, traveled the Ozarks extensively on motorcycle, and traveled old Route 66, just to admire the scenery. Jon liked canoeing the Connecticut River, lived in Hawaii for 13 years, Florida for 6, and never seemed to run out of friends and fun. He was a member of the 5C,s Car Club here in Tahlequah, and loved to joke and tease with his family and friends. He loved working in the garden with his granddaughter, Jasmine and spending time with his grandchildren, just watching them grow. To Jon, every day was a gift, and he was enjoying the party! The best part of life for Jon was being with his loving wife, and surrounded by their children and grandchildren. It didn’t matter if they were hunting deer or heading to Disneyworld, as long as he was with his family, he was happy. Jon was a Christian by faith and attended First Christian Church of Tahlequah, OK. He loved everybody and it showed, there were no strangers in Jon’s world. The Lord called this adventurous spirit home from his many labors on February 4th, 2021 in Tahlequah, OK, following a courageous fight with Covid-19. Jon was 71 years young. The world has been a better place for Jon being in it.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, his Mother and Father, one brother, David Edwards and his granddaughter, Jasmine Alaina Leilani Edwards.

His love for life and everything in it will be forever cherished by his wife, Susan Edwards of the home, his daughter, Dawn Watson and husband Jerome of Tahlequah, and his son, Jonathan Edwards Jr and companion Danielle Ross also of Tahlequah, OK. He leaves behind his brother Carl Edwards and wife Mary Lou of Rhode Island and one sister, Gloria Foster of New Hampshire. Jon lives on through his four grandchildren, Jerome Watson Jr of Tahlequah, Kayla Watson of Ft. Gibson, OK, Jonathan Edwards III of Tulsa, OK, and Justin Edwards also of Tulsa, OK, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones too numerous to mention.


15 May

Memorial Service

11:00 am

First Christian Church

746 Cedar Ave
Tahlequah, OK


Jonathan Hayes Edwards

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Elizabeth Rainbolt

February 14, 2021

Sue and family, you are all in my prayers. I lost my husband on Jan. 29 after his courageous battle agains covid-19. I knew Jon through his amazing work advocating for kids with CASA and I really enjoyed visiting with Jon, he was easy to talk with. He was loved by so many and will be missed . Praying 🙏 for peace for Sue and your family. My sincere sympathies.
Liz Rainbolt

Lydia Hamby

February 14, 2021

As Jon and Jasmine was coming back from a car show having problems with the windshield wipers wouldn't go off. So precedes to pull over off the road and Jasmine says why don't you stop the car turn it off and see if the windshield wipers will stay off. What a wise little girl laughing that's exactly how they fix the problem a granddaughter and Grandpa memory forever retold by Lydia Adair Hamby

Debbie Braga

February 11, 2021

Aunt Sue, Dawn, Jon and Family. I'm still trying to process the loss off Uncle Jon, as I'm sure you are.
One of my favorite memories is Uncle Jon and all of us sitting in moms living room having pizza and waiting for Uncle Jon to pay his guitar. Uncle Jon would start playing and half way through he would stop and go on to another song. My dad would say why doesn't he ever finish a song....LOL.
Another memory he played at my wedding. RIP Uncle Jon and embrace all of those in heaven we miss so much.
Love: Henry and Debbie

Michael Rench

February 10, 2021

Sue , I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what you're feeling and going through.
God Bless you and your
Family. Mike and family.

Fra nk Grogan

February 8, 2021

It was 59 years ago in 1962 that we crossed paths. I went to to listen to his new Roy Orbison album. A friendship was born.
He had magic hands could play anything on the piano. Looking back on my 72 years he is one of if not the brightest and most talented man I ever knew. I loved him like a brother always assured he'd turn up sometime, someplace. Be it Florida or Oklahoma. The only comfort I get in this is knowing heaven has a hell of a piano player. RIP Brother

Bradley Plante

February 6, 2021

I have known Jon for over 50 years; he was responsible for getting me into law enforcement. We had many adventures together over the years; the stories I could tell. We stayed in touch and talked on the phone frequently. He was like the big brother I never had; my heart is broken to lose him. I know he's now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Condolences to Sue and the family.

Jean Smith

February 6, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. I can just imagine Jasmine peeking around the pearly gates waiting on him to enter! What a reunion I'm sure that was! Love to all of you.

Terri Postlethwait

February 6, 2021

Being a fellow member of the Muskogee Art Guild, I will always remember Jon's smiling face and cheerfulness, and his many talents.
Jon, you will be dearly missed!!
Terri Postlethwait