Deacon Alvin Edwards was born February 19, 1926, to the late Mr. Lewis Edwards and Laura Oliver Edwards. He was the last born of four siblings.
His parents, sister Sara Ann, brothers Lewis and Willie, and his son Gene preceded him in death.
Deacon Edwards confessed Christ at an early age at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama. He later joined First Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Revered E. L. Gary, where he served faithfully for over fifty years. He was a member of the Senior Choir and the Male Chorus. He was a faithful member of the Deacon Board and was the elder deacon on the Board. He was also the oldest member of the church. Deacon Edwards served in the purchasing department where he purchased all church supplies.
He attended school in Elmore County. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and received a medical discharge.
In 1955, he met and married the love of his life Eleanor Turner. To this union, two children were born, Kimberly and Jocelin. He had two children from a previous marriage, Lillouise and Gene.
He loved all sports. His favorite team was the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team. If he did not attend the games, he was watching them on television. But most of all, baseball was his game. He played the game and was a great pitcher. He played on teams in Wetumpka and Gadsden.
He retired from the City of Gadsden in 1988. He met many friends whom he loved and they loved him in return.
Deacon Edwards transitioned peacefully from his earthly home and entered his spiritual home on Thursday, July 10, 2018, where he is resting with the Lord.
He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife: Eleanor Turner Edwards; daughters: Lillouise (Wilson) Lewis, Kimberly (Glen) Williams and Jocelin Hill; grandchildren: LaTonia (Donnell) Hall, DeMarco Williams, LaToya Williams and Chadrick Hill; great-grandchildren: Canell Hall, Chase Hall and LaNayia Ava Williams; god-grandchild: Temiya Crook; goddaughter: Phoebe (Rev. Derek) James; special niece: Shirley Baker; godsons: Pastor Anthony Jelks and Dante' Jelks; two special friends: Deacon James Griffin and Deacon Percy Hall; family friends: Willie and Ester Brown; a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
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