BLOOMFIELD - Edsel D. Edwards, 78, died Dec. 8, 2004, at the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.
Born Feb. 1, 1926, near Bloomfield, son of the late Everett and Nellie Ray Edwards, he was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and served as Stoddard County Sheriff from 1969-72. Before retiring, he had been employed as a mechanic for Sigler Chevrolet in Dexter, a truck driver for Duty Trucking in Bloomfield, and by Mayo Feed Mill in Bloomfield. He was a 50-year member of Bloomfield Masonic Lodge 153.
On Dec. 24, 1947, at Piggott, Ark., he married Helen Tiller who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Larry Edwards of Mansfield, Ohio; two brothers, Harvey Edwards and Bryce Edwards of Flint, Mich.; one sister, Delma Obards of Bloomfield; and two grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were one brother, Ralph Edwards; and two sisters, Vinnie Hopkins and Veda Edwards.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Lambert officiating.
Burial will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.