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Dwight Gay

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06/11/1956 ~ 10/09/2018

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Betty Jean King

09/18/1933 ~ 10/08/2018

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Naomi Sommerville Lee

05/29/1920 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

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Betty Thomas Hudson

08/03/1937 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/12/2018

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Joyce D. Pollard

02/01/1947 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

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Ricky Liles

11/15/1954 ~ 10/06/2018

Services will be held: 10/13/2018

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Harriet S. Martin

09/26/1949 ~ 10/06/2018

Services will be held: 10/09/2018

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Julia Ruth Norris Beasley

07/29/1930 ~ 10/07/2018

Services will be held: 10/09/2018

Albert George Edwards



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December 3, 1916 – August 7, 2011

Reverend Albert George Edwards passed away at his home on Sunday, August 7, 2011. Born in Canada to Annabella Donald and William F. Edwards, he was raised by his grandparents in Scotland. He came to the United States to further his education. He began his studies at Georgia Tech and graduated from Presbyterian College. He obtained his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary.

Albert began his ministry at Orange Presbyterian Church in Orange, Virginia. During this time he was Chaplain to Woodberry Forest School. He then spent several years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 1958, he was called to serve as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. While he was actively involved in his Pastorate, he served as Chaplain to the North Carolina House of Representatives.

During his ministry at FPC, he established The Friendship Fund, The Clothes Closet, and The Bicycle Fund to serve those less fortunate. During his ministry Sunday services were televised on WRAL. He attracted many loyal followers through his popular Early Birds Ministry at FPC and Morning Prayer Service at the Alexander Family YMCA. Albert was a member of the Peace College Board of Trustees, The Salvation Army Board of Directors, and the Raleigh Housing Authority.

Albert was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Margaret Early Edwards, his son, William Cameron Edwards, and his parents and two sisters. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Edwards Waddell and Barbara Edwards Hayes of Raleigh. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jonathan Lee Waddell of Remington, Virginia, William Early Hayes, and his wife, Alston, Martha Susan Hayes, and Allison Margaret Hayes, all of Raleigh. Additionally, he is survived by his great-grandchildren, Wilson Edwards Hayes and Dorothy Macon Hayes.

The Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 2pm on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. A private interment service will be held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at CedarGroveCemetery in Bealeton, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the William C. Edwards Memorial Scholarship fund at First Presbyterian Church, 120 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, 27601 or to the Alexander Family YMCA, 1603 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh27605.


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  1. jim waddell

    Was sad to hear of Alberts passing but know his belief in life after and him being with Margaret he is at peace.Had the honor of knowing such a great man and know he will be missed dearly by his family.

  2. Terry Hackney

    My deepest sympathy to all of Al’s family. His life was a true example of Christ’s call to us all. My prayers will be with each of you during this difficult time and in the days ahead. I am grateful for having known him for over 50 years.

  3. Eddie Taylor

    I will never forget Dr. Edwards’ words to us as we graduated high school. I will also always remember his words on WRAL as he did his Christmas Eve messages when I was a child. Dr. Edwards may not have been a man who possessed great physical height but to me he was a giant. He will be missed but we rejoice in the fact that he is now with the Lord!

  4. Judy Howell Olive

    I was so saddened to hear of your father’s passing. He was such a huge blessing in my life. He married me and baptized all of my children. When I struggled with marrying a Baptist and having to join my husband’s family church he talked to me at length and calmed my fears. My parents Mary and Pernon Howell thought so much of him. His sermons were renowned. I know of no other person who was as loved as him. A great man.

  5. Becky Warrick Hoffman

    My thoughts and prayers go to you Barbara (and Susan) as you begin to move forward without your father. He was such a wonderful man and he will be missed by so many. My favorite memories are when he ate lunch with Will Martha and Allison at school and when he helped/ directed :)you in planting the daylilies in the backyard. Remember those and other memories and he will live in your hearts forever!Becky Warrick Hoffman

  6. Bill & Dot Shearin

    What a wonderful man and pastor. Almost 49 years ago Al married my wife and me. He baptised all three of our children and we had the wonderful distinction of having him perform the marriage ceremony of our daughter as well. He told us that this was the 2nd time in all his years of ministry that he had had this privilege of hearing the vows of both mother and daughter. We hold him in high esteem and are truly blessed to have called him our friend and pastor. Our prayers are extended to your family on Al’s homecoming.

  7. Cara Hayes

    Dr. Edwards delivered our baccalaureate address at Meadow High School in 1963. We truly enjoyed his spiritual message and he has always been a minister for whom I’ve had the highest respect. He has always inspired us with his wonderful words and brings out the best and kindest thoughts we should aspire to. My heartfelt condolences in your loss.

  8. Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Byram

    Dr. Edwards was very special to both of us. In addition to performing our wedding service baptizing two of our children and ordaining Peter as an elder in the church he was our spiritual mentor and dear friend. We will miss him but know for certain that he is in the very presence of Jesus Christ his Savior. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and with the many who called Dr. Al pastor and friend.

  9. Mary Story Wells

    I am very sadden to here of the passing of the first pastor who influenced my life by his great sermons and love for members of his flock. I shall always remember the love and care he gave us in teaching us all about God and his love for us all through our confirmation classes. I had the honor of him performing my wedding and baptizing my daughter. Dr Edwards was a great friend to my Father Clifford Story and he will dearly miss him. My father and my family give our condolences for your loss. May God be with your all during your time of sorrow.

  10. Pat McCullers

    To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die

  11. Mary Lou McClenny

    Dr. Edwards was a wonderful minister. My husband listened to him almost every Sunday. Have missed those sermons since they haven’t been on WRAL.Such special memories…loved to hear him speak with his wonderful Scottish accent. May God be with his family during this time.

  12. Audrey H. Tippett

    My sincere condolences go to the family of Dr. Edwards. It was always an occasion to look forward to when he would conduct the Maundy Thursday Service at First Presbyterian Church in Henderson. His wonderful humor and wit combined with a really good sermon was a pleasure and inspiration to many. He will be missed.

  13. Jeni Keyser and Brenda Ryan

    Dear Susan:We are saddened by death of you father. We did notknow him but you can tell that he touched alot ofpeoples lives in a positive way. Our sincere sympathyto you and your family. Jeni and Brenda

  14. David and Sharon Kurtz

    I have had the honor and privlege of knowing Dr. Edwards all of my life. When my family first came to Raleigh we were blessed to become a part of the church. There was never a time that we wanted for anything. He was all ways there for us. I was baptized by him and he also performed our wedding ceremony. He will be missed by so many….may God bless him and the family.

  15. Diane Garner

    I did not know Rev. Edwards personally but I heard his sermons and also heard him speak on various occasions. He spoke at an assembly at Hugh Morson Jr. High School in the mid 60s and I have never forgotten it. I would see him around town – sometimes visiting in the hospitals and he would always speak – and have that wonderful smile. Heaven has gained a very special angel.

  16. Brenda Fredrick

    Rev.Edwards married my husband and I in 1984-he had the best accent and was so very nice….he will be missed here by many. My condolences to the family.

  17. Lee & Maxine Phillips

    Maxine and I will always cherish the memories of Dr. Edwards leading us to receiving God’s Blessing in Holy Matrimony. Our friendship with Al will be forever treasures in our heart’s. Our Deepest Sympathy to his FamilyLee & Maxine Phillips

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