She was preceded in death by her parents, James Matthew Sykes and Rosa Bailey Sykes and her husband, Milton Jones Edwards; siblings, Roy James Sykes and wife, Lorine, Bessie S. Dowdle and husband, David, Mary S. Laughhorn and husband, Earlie and Gilbert A. Sykes and wife Dorothy, all of Virginia.
Mrs. Edwards is survived by five children, Joyce A. Edwards of Weldon, NC, James Milton “Jim” Edwards and wife, Betty of Franklin, Virginia, Joan E. Richardson and husband, Ray of Elm City, NC, Jean E. Hux and husband, Phil and Jane E. Holt and husband, Bobby, all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; seven grandchildren, Kevin Richardson, Amy R. Inscoe of Rocky Mount, NC, Heather Etheridge (Jason), Leah Pepper (Brock), Jacob Hux (Jamie), all of Roanoke Rapids, NC, R. Clay Holt of Charlotte, NC and Matthew Hux (Nicole) of Virginia Beach, VA. Twelve great-grandchildren, Madilyn Godwin, Ainsley and Kamdyn Inscoe, Peyton, Avery and Lily Kate Pepper, Allie, Jackson Cole and Emma Etheridge and Layne and Harrison Hux; one sister, Jessie S. Brown of Jarratt, Virginia and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral service, led by The Reverend Dalton Hall and The Reverend Rick Gaskins will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, October 9 at First Baptist Church of Roanoke Rapids where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow at 4 p.m. at High Hills Cemetery, Jarratt, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, 515 Becker Dr, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 or to High Hills Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 296, Jarratt, Virginia 23867.