---- — George S. Edwards, Sr., age 82, of the Marion, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 9:06 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Heartland Regional Medical Center of Marion.
He was born on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1931, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Samuel and Ann (Williams) Edwards.
George attended school in Mt. Vernon, and was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School in 1949.
During the time of the Korean War he answered the call of this nation by serving in the United States Army.
He was united in marriage to Martha Ann Gibbons on Friday, June 27, 1952, in Harrisburg, prior to his shipping out to Korea. Together they shared over 56 years of marriage until her death on Dece. 29, 2008.
George began his career of service with the Illinois State Police in 1958. He was in charge of the truck scales south of Marion. After 31 years of service he retired at the end of 1988 as District 13 Master Sergeant.
Other memberships include the National Fraternal Order of Police Illinois Trooper Lodge No. 41, a lifetime member of the Illinois Police Association, American Legion Post No. 2910 of Bloomington, and a proud member of the National Rifle Association.
Baseball and softball were a very important part of George’s life. He experienced tremendous enjoyment as a baseball coach for 13 years in the 1960’s and 70’s for Marion Summer Pony and Colt Leagues. He had served as assistant softball coach for the Marion Senior and Junior High School for the past 15 years. George took pleasure working with the hundreds of Marion Athletes and the successes they achieved in both High School and Junior High levels.
He also was an avid Cardinal Baseball fan. In his spare time he enjoyed working on his land near Buncombe, in Johnson County.
His family was a very important part of his life, always taking interest in their many activities as well as those of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Those now left behind will cherish the many memories that have been created.
He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Debbie Edwards of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Becky and Charles Almaroad of Marion; two sons and two daughters-in-law, George Samuel and and Rhonda Edwards, Jr. and Daniel Dale and Trina Edwards all of Marion; nine grandchildren, Kristy Barnes and her husband, Greg of Murray, Ky., Carrie Almaroad of Marion, Jeremy Allen and his wife, Megan of Brighton, Tenn., Blake Edwards of Marion, Dillon Edwards of Marion, Brittney Edwards of Carbondale, Ethan, Olivia and Victoria Edwards of Marion; seven great-grandchildren, Avery, Addison and Alexandra Barnes all of Murray, Ky., Jaci Pickles and Allie Watson both of Marion, Fisher Ace Allen of Brighton, Tenn., and Cameron Edwards of Marion; sister, Mary Watt of Mt. Morris; brother and sister-in-law, John and Carolyn Edwards of DeWitt, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Louise VanDeusen and her husband, Ted of Marion and Charline Murrie of Harrisburg; brother-in-law, Sam Gibbons of Orion, Mich., and other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion.
The time of visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home with the Rev. William Rucker presiding.
Interment will follow next to his wife, in Rose Hill Cemetery of Marion.
Military honors will be accorded at the graveside by members of Heyde-Pillow VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and Illinois National Guard Flag Detail all of Marion.
For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to The Marion High School Softball Program. Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL, 62959.
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