|Birth: ||Jun., 1894|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1989|
Jim O. Edenfield ,94, of Rt. 3, Jesup, died Monday Jan. 23, in the Riverside Hospital of Jacksonville, Fl. after a long illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of New Hope Free Will Baptist Church. A veteran of World War 1, he was a
retired farmer and is best remembered as a master basket maker.
Edenfield lived on a farm passed down through his family for 200 years. He learned to make baskets as a boy of eight when "an old man" taught his brother of ten the trade. He sharpened his skill in the days of the Great Depression when farming alone could not sustain his family of ten.
In interviews during the past twenty years, he told how he made baskets, axe and hoc handles and other items from white oak trees. He said that is what got him through the "Hoover Days".
He made very few baskets after the Depression for several years, he farmed and fished for a living until his retirement, after which he again turned to basket making.
Though his earlier baskets were used for gathering corn, cotton and other crops, his later creations were sought because of the artistic nature of his craft. His baskets of all sizes were sold to people from all across the nation and at area craft shows.
He continued making baskets until last year. No one knows how many he made, but he always used the same weave
pattern. He often worked all day to complete one basket he might sell for $12. His family says he looked upon his basket weaving not as a way to get rich but rather as a supplement to his SocialSecurity and a work of love.
He always stayed busy, and he spent eight hours a day, six days a week at his work...making baskets.
He is survived by his wife Florence Bonham Edenfield of Jesup; seven daughters Naomi, Ramonia, Delaine, Iona,
Frankie, Eula, and O'Nara. Two sons, Ford and James.
A Tribute from The Sentinel, January 27, 1989.
Florence Bonham Edenfield (1900 - 1991)*
Naomi Edenfield Alf (1917 - 2000)*
Ford Edenfield (1919 - 1996)*
Nafene Edenfield Taylor (1928 - 1979)*
Ramona Edenfield Johns (1930 - 2016)*
Helen Delane Edenfield Hazouri (1940 - 1992)*
James Edenfield (1942 - 2010)*
New Hope Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Melba Bonham Jones
Record added: May 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37159324
Added: Jul. 26, 2016
Added: May. 6, 2013
I will never forget visiting you and Aunt Florence when I was a young girl, I always enjoyed being with you and your family.Rest in the arms of Jesus until we all meet again.|
Melba Bonham Jones
Added: May. 18, 2009