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James Conley "Jim" Edwards
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1938
Attala County
Mississippi, USA
Death: May 24, 2005
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA

My Friend and Buddy, Closest thing to a brother I ever had. Mr. E, to me. He was a wonderful family man. Loved Jo and his girls and their families beyond believable. Also the best Boss man I ever had.

He was raised in Attala County and after he finished his Education he became Superintendent of Schools in Boca Roton, Florida. He moved back to Attala County and went to work In the Attala County School System. After several years he was elected Superintendent for one term. He then went to The Drew Mississippi School District and remained Superintendent there until he had to retire due to illness. (Cancer)

He was a history buff and loved geneology. That was my first taste of geneology too.. His legacy will always be that he was a True Friend and His Word was his Bond. He was Loved by Many of Us.

by Patsy Bowie Hurt


James Conley Edwards of Ethel, 66, died May 24, 2005 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, at Ebenezer Baptist Church near Zama, where he was a member and Deacon. Rev. Larry Harvey officated. Masonic services were held at the gravesite with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Edwards was born October 15, 1938 in Kosciusko to Geneis Conley and Myrtis Mangrum Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Helen Ponder Edwards of Ethel; three daughters, Jamie Sample and husband Sam of Ebenezer, Kim Hester and husband Robert of Marydell, and Melissa Fayard and husband Nathan of Biloxi; a sister, Betty Ann Ferguson of Walls, and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Edwards was a retired educator after 34 years; a 1967 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. in history, received a Masters Degree in Administration from Florida Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Fla., and a Masters Degree and Specialist Degree in administration from Mississippi State University. He also was a member of Phi Delta Kappa.

He had served as Superintendent of Education in the Attala County School System, Hendry County Florida School System, and from 1992-2003 in Drew Municipal School System in Drew. He was a Shriner - Ft. Myers Scottish Rite, Ft. Myers, Fla., a 32nd Degree Mason, member of Lexington Lodge #24, Former Grand Master of Sugarland Masonic Lodge #281 in Clewiston, Fla., member of Mississippi State Association of Superintendents and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Active pallbearers were Sam Sample, Robert Hester, Nathan Fayard, Samuel Sample, Jr., Matthew Sample, and Patrick Sample. Honorary pallbearers were C.R. "Deter" Blanchard, Edward "Dobbin" Thrasher, Kempe Hodges, Aaron Tolleson, Lewis Hardy, Ed Oliver, Bill Dubard, James Kenneth Mangrum, and Jerry Allen.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society or Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

He was succeeded in death by his grandson, Justin Edwards Sample.
Family links: 
  Geneis Conly Edwards (1907 - 1990)
  Myrtis Loraine Mangrum Harmon (1919 - 1993)
In My Father's House
Ebenezer Cemetery
Attala County
Mississippi, USA
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Originally Created by: Patsy Bowie Hurt
Record added: May 13, 2008
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