Otho Winton Edwards, III, lovingly known as Bobo, Bo, Dad, and Grandbo, was born September 28th, 1952, to Otho Winton (Gobbler) Edwards, Jr. and Betty Jayne Solomon Edwards.
He graduated from Shanks High School in 1970 and attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After a year at the university, he joined the Army during the Vietnam War and served his enlistment in Germany. When he received his honorable discharge, he came home to attend Tallahassee Community College (where he later served on the Board of Directors) and Florida State University where he received a degree in accounting. He promptly joined the Tallahassee Gator Club the next day (“civilization among savages”).
In 1974, he married his middle school sweetheart, Mary Howard Griffin of Quincy. One of their old friends remarked that “Mary Howard and Bobo” had been one word since they were 12 and 13 years old. They were blessed with two children, Brian Winton of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. and Rebecca Helen (Jason) Pustejovsky of Tallahassee.
After Bo received his CPA license, he joined the CPA firm of Bell and Dooner, later known as, Dooner, Edwards and Fletcher. During that time he also opened the West End Lounge in Quincy and the Depot Lounge in Chattahoochee. Next, he formed the Quincy based business, Health Meds, Inc, where he manufactured and distributed asthma medicine all over the country and in Puerto Rico. After seven successful years, he sold Health Meds and expanded his entrepreneurial skills in several other businesses including cattle, sod, hay, real estate and even a local car wash. Later, he opened a restaurant in Quincy known as the West End Grille. This was a place that allowed all walks of life to congregate.
One of his greatest joys was the long- awaited birth of his first grandson, Wyatt Griffin, and 3 years later, welcomed Lovie Jayne. Wyatt and Bo enjoyed many milk shakes, movies, swimming, gator rides, and Angry Birds.
Above all, Bobo loved his family, creating and encouraging large family meals, gatherings, and adventures. He also enjoyed his cows and the farm, the old Solomon Dairy. Bo had a life-long commitment to the kids who enjoyed and participated in Gadsden County sports as both a coach and sponsor. He was passionate about his Florida Gators. He didn't miss many games and followed them all over the country. His family has been so touched by the outpouring of stories of “how Bobo helped them” and how their lives have been better because of him.
Bo was preceded in death by his father, "Gobbler", his maternal grandparents, Sam and Nora Solomon, his paternal grandparents, Sheriff Otho and Lee Ola Edwards, and a niece, Melissa Ashley White.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Howard, his son, Brian, and daughter, Rebecca Pustejovsky, his grandchildren, Wyatt and Lovie Jayne, his mother, Betty Jayne Solomon Edwards, his two sisters, Suzanne (Rocky) Doddridge of Asheville, NC and Elizabeth (Betsy) Edwards of Quincy. Other survivors include his many beloved nephews and nieces.
The family is so grateful for all the kind and generous acts by our community. In lieu of flowers, Bo asked for memorials to go to Robert F. Munroe Day School. Contributions raised in his memory will help fund new playground equipment for the kindergarten.
Bobo’s friends and family celebrated his life Monday, June 30th at the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy. A visitation with the family followed in the Fellowship Hall. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers were: Billy Suber, Mike Bass, Ricky Russell, Sam Crouch, Malone Barnes, Jeff Bedenbaugh, Willie Davis, Jr, Bert Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Jarrett Powell, Hal Richmond*, and Max Fletcher*.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 627-7677, Quincy, FL was in charge of arrangements.
As I haven't been down to Gadsden County in quite a few months and failed to check the Tallahassee Democrat obits, it wasn't until recently that I learned of BoBo's passing. My prayers and thoughts are for the family for their loss. He will greatly be missed. God Bless.