Patricia Susan Edwards passed away November 11, 2014, in Panama City, Florida, after a brief illness.
Known as ‘Pat’ or ‘Patsy’ by her family, she was born in Quincy, Florida, February 18, 1953, to Hershel and Lela Edwards. She attended Gadsden County Public Schools through eleventh grade and received her high school diploma from Robert F. Munroe Day School. Pat excelled academically throughout her school days and was an elementary, junior high, and high school band member, serving as majorette her sophomore and junior years. She was an accomplished pianist and organist and played piano for church events and weddings. She was baptized at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy during her sophomore year in high school.
As a child, Pat relished spending her summer months in Jackson County with her Granny Edwards as well as her many first cousins. Her mother always enjoyed dressing her in Peaches & Cream dresses purchased from the Mary-Booney’s children’s clothing store in Quincy. Pat also loved her Madame Alexander and Barbie doll collections as a young girl. During high school, she worked part-time for Layerd’s Florist in Quincy where she demonstrated her artistic talents making floral arrangements and helping decorate for weddings. Pat also loved going to Carnes Playthings on the courthouse square in Quincy weekly to purchase the latest hits on 45 rpm records.
Most recently, Pat lived in Port St. Joe, where she worked at the senior citizens center. Pat always had an affinity for helping for the elderly and thoroughly loved interacting with them at the center. She found her greatest peace living at the beach and spent time collecting seashells, starfish, and the like. Pat will always be remembered for her kindness and thoughtfulness.
She is survived by her three children: Tracie Hood Clarke of Benson, North Carolina; Taylor (wife Jackie) Hood of Quincy; and Alice Clark Hobbs of Benson, North Carolina; six grandchildren: Christian, Chandler, and Chase Clarke of Benson, North Carolina, and Emily, Madison, and Ethan Hobbs of Benson, North Carolina; two brothers: Fuzzy (wife Dawn) Edwards of Bristol, Florida, and Rusty Edwards of Quincy; two sisters: Teresa Edwards of Jacksonville, Florida, and Ann (husband Scotty) Lewis of Bainbridge, Georgia; five aunts: Laverne Edwards Long of Trenton, Florida; Odene Dean Reilly of Tallahassee; Sarah Martel of San Diego, California; Mary Brock Henson of Clearwater, Florida; and Nelle Brock of Havana, Florida. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and many first cousins. Pat is predeceased by her parents Hershel and Lela Brock Edwards and brother Mike Edwards.
Visitation was held at Independent Funeral Home November 14. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Believe me folks, we don’t make mistakes at the Herald. The typos and misspelled words are there on purpose to see if people are reading the paper. When they tell us we had three errors in the first paragraph, we know they’re paying attention! We also know most people are perfect and never, ever make mistakes.
[Full Story »]
I never knew of all the details involved in setting up funeral services and notifications of kinfolk, writing the obituary (that was the hardest part), ordering an urn, getting people who knew mom Nikki Beare well to say a few words, and so on.
[Full Story »]
I’m probably going to die of something within the next fifteen years or so. This is not being morbid, it’s merely being realistic. I can do arithmetic and I’m realistic about the fact that I have one or two nagging minor conditions that could bloom over the next decade into a full-blown curtain-closer.
[Full Story »]
10 YEARS AGO
Much pomp and circumstances greeted Gadsden County’s first black sheriff as he was sworn into office on the courthouse square in Quincy by County Judge Stew Parsons. “I want to build a bridge that will bring this community together,” Young told the crowd of several hundred who witnessed him officially take office. Young, who had just won the office of sheriff, took the oath early because of the retirement of Sheriff W.A. Woodham. [Full Story »]