OBITUARY

William Allen Edwards, Jr.

May 31, 1958June 6, 2021
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Our Lord called Bill home on June 6, 2021. Bill passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. He is predeceased by his father, William Edwards Sr; step-father, Leonard Stellwag; and brother, Eric Edwards.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Carlan Edwards; his children, Erik Edwards and Erin Atkinson; son-in-law, Reuel Atkinson; grandchildren, Navah and Raeya Atkinson; mother, Patricia Shields; sisters, Gwendolyn Miller and Diane Sawyer; along with many nieces and nephews.

Bill was born in West Point, New York on May 31, 1958. In 1973, Bill made Eagle Scout, the highest honor achieved within the Boy Scouts of America. He was a successful Certified Financial Planner and served his clients for over 25 years. He always made time to talk with you, listen, and offer advice.

Bill’s strong faith in Christ and love for family and friends was felt by all that knew him. Bill’s life was impacted greatly after a pilgrimage to Israel with friends in 2000. Since that time, he lived to deepen his Judeo/Christian devotion.

Bill loved nature, especially bird watching to the level that he could name most birds by sight and sound. He also loved plants and had an amazing “green thumb”. He enjoyed history and was particularly interested in the Civil War.

The family would like to thank the many friends, clients, and health care staff for all of your prayers and support. Bill will be truly missed; however, he will live forever in our hearts. Remember - Today We Live and Search For Violins!

A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, June 12, at 11:00 am at Beach Fellowship Church on 1817 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA, 23454.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Audubon Society at www.audubon.org (select ‘How to Help’, then select ‘Give To Audubon’, then select ‘In Memoriam Gifts’). Please complete the ecard so the family is aware of any donations (use Bill Edwards as the name and cheetahdiane@gmailcom as the email address on the ecard).

You may offer your condolences at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.

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Phil & Sharon Barberi

June 13, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Unfortunately we were unable to make his Celebration of Life as we had another engagement planned for Saturday. We will always remember Bill's smile and warmth. We had been clients since 2005. We stayed with Bill during our 10 year return to San Diego via Skype and also upon our return to Hampton Roads. He was our rock during turbulent financial times such as 2008 and will be missed greatly. Who else can convince me that I shouldn't put all my money in my mattress? We know you're soaring now and wish you Godspeed. Condolences to your family. You leave a big hole in many hearts.

James Cody and Shirley Sewell

June 11, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Bill's family. Bill was a good man...kind, funny, intelligent, trustworthy and a good friend. We will miss him greatly and his wonderful smile! Our prayers are with you.

Virginia Stanislaus

June 10, 2021

Bill always had a smile anytime my husband and I met with him. If he was having a bad day he did not show it. He always
offered positive encouragement even in bleak times.
Our deepest condolences to his family. May God comfort all of you in this sad time.

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Bill at 4 weeks old.

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Uncle Jr holding Bill at 5 weeks old.

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Bill and Gwen

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Bill's 1st Birthday

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The job's not finished until the paperwork is done!

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Bill at 4 weeks old.

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Uncle Jr holding Bill at 5 weeks old.

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Bill and Gwen

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Bill's 1st Birthday

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The job's not finished until the paperwork is done!

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Bill's 2nd birthday

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Pics with Santa in 1962 and 1965.