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Merlene Carpenter Edwards, 87, of Roanoke Rapids, died Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Hampton Manor in Gaston.


A native of Halifax County, she was the daughter of the late Edd Lewis Carpenter and Alice Marie Hopkins Carpenter. Merlene was also preceded in death by her beloved Husband of 70 years, Wallace Benton Edwards Jr. 

She also worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Walser Motors.

Merlene is survived by her son Benton Edwards and his wife Valerie of Wilson, her daughter Renee Edwards Spence and her Husband Ronald, grandchildren, Randall Spence, Riley Spence and his wife Robyn, and Sam Edwards, great grandchildren, Rayne Spence and Rhylyn Spence.

Graveside Services will be held Monday, November 18, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Cedarwood Cemetery with Rev. Joseph Casteel officiating.

The family would like to give special thanks to her caregiver, Kalesia Harvey and Community Hospice for their care and kindness. 

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com