Born in Brookport on May 15, 1922, Mr. Edwards graduated from Metropolis Community High School, where he played basketball under Coach Dutch Schneeman.
After graduating, Mr. Edwards joined the Marine Corps 4th Marine Division and spent three and one-half years in the South Pacific islands of Saipan, Roi-Namur, Tinian and Iwo Jima, where over 17,000 Marines were lost.
He was one of the eight men in his division who survived.
He was awarded the Bronze Star, President Unit Citation and Sharpshooter Medal.
After completing his military service, Mr. Edwards was employed by Bonifield Bros. Truck Lines of Metropolis for a number of years.
He retired from the State of Illinois.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Adeline; one son, Don and wife Connie of Metropolis; one brother, George Jr. and wife Faye of Louisville, Ky.; his grandsons, Brian Edwards and wife Charlene of Brookport and Rodney Edwards and wife Amy of Jackson, Mo.; his granddaughters, Kristi Cavaness of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Kimberly Edwards of Jackson, Mo., Wendy Johnson and husband Mark of California and Jennifer Burroughs and husband Tim of Jackson, Mo.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Myrtle Edwards; one son, Dennis Edwards; an infant son, Michael; two brothers, Wayne and Curtis; and two sisters, Mary and Dorothy.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Metropolis with Bro. Louis W. Brinker and Bro. Joe Buchanan officiating.
Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens with military rites. Pallbearers were Brian Edwards, Rodney Edwards, Tim Burroughs, Gary Robinson, Rex Smith and John Roberts.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis, IL 62960.
Miller Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.