SIKESTON - William Howard "Bill" Edwards, 80, died May 12, 2002, at his home.
Born April 17, 1922, in Bloomfield, son of the late William Cleveland and Martha Louise Bennett Edwards, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Missouri National Guard and was a volunteer for Missouri Delta Medical Center for 15 years. He owned and operated the Sikeston Monument Company before retiring and was a member of the Sikeston Community Church, Scottish Rite in St. Louis and Masonic Lodge 310 AF&AM in Sikeston.
On May 13, 1948, he married Sue Ellen Webber who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, William Webb Edwards of Branson; one daughter, Karen Sue Jones of Manchester; one sister, Sheronda Hope Terrell of Sikeston; and one grandchild, six stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three infant daughters and two sisters, Muriel D. Killgore and Pearl E. Quigley.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ponder Funeral Home, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dolan Rogers, pastor of Sikeston Community Church and Charles Jones, officiating.
Military graveside honors will be conducted at the Sikeston City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: John Holloway, Jim Terrell, John Glenn Peele, L.D. Seagraves, Marshall Moore and Joe Munger.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Cline Ables, Van Strickland, Howard Reynolds, Clarence Cantrell, Jerry Masterson, Ray Clinton, Dr. Loren Helfrich and John Mobley.