William Leslie Edwards

July 23, 1931December 30, 2019

William Leslie Edwards, of Wilson, passed away at age 88 on December 30, 2019. He was born in Wilson and graduated from Charles L. Coon High School and Kings College in Raleigh, NC. Leslie retired from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Postal Service. He was married to Winnie Lucas Edwards in 1954. He is survived by three daughters, Tanya Delfin (Ricardo) of Wilson, Angela Lee (Wayne) of Clayton, Steffanie Sharp (Tim) of Wilson, a son-in-law, Ronald Strickland of Garner; a sister, Lee Edmundson of Pinetops; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Edwards of Williamsburg, VA. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Winnie, his oldest daughter, Terria Strickland, and a brother, Carl Edwards. Graveside services will be held privately for the Edwards family in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson, NC. The family will receive friends 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 1703 Chamberlain Drive, Wilson, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Ct., Goldsboro, NC 27534 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262, Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent to

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