Mr. Vollie Eugene "Bumpsey" Edwards, Sr., 81, of Cerro Gordo, died at his residence on Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019.
Vollie, a native of Fair Bluff, was born June 15, 1937, and was one of thirteen children of the late Guilford and Clara Turbeville Edwards. He graduated from Fair Bluff High School in 1953 and later earned his Associate in Applied Agriculture Science from Southeastern Community College in 1977. He also was a warehouse manager in Johnson City, TN for many years.
He was a lifetime member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church where he served as church deacon, secretary, treasurer and Sunday school teacher. Vollie proudly served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, KY from 1959-1962. Vollie’s lifelong passion was farming, and he proudly worked the family farm.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Lois Elizabeth Strickland Edwards (Lib), one daughter, Sheila Faulk and husband Alan of Nakina and a granddaughter, Dori Lane Faulk. He is also survived by four sisters: Shelby Harrelson of Raleigh NC, Mickey Elliot and Alice Bass, both of Chadbourn, and Rose Vassey of Little River, SC; two brothers: Phillip Edwards of Chadbourn and Robert Edwards of Cerro Gordo; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 2pm at Cherry Grove Baptist Church, Cerro Gordo, NC, with Rev. Rusty Davis and Rev. Dr. Ray Lundy officiating. Interment will follow in the Edwards Cemetery at 358 Guilford Edwards Rd., Cerro Gordo, NC.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening April 24th from 6 to 8 pm at Meares Funeral Home, Fair Bluff, NC.
Memorials may be made to Cherry Grove Baptist Church, 9833 Swamp Fox Hwy. West, Cerro Gordo, NC 28430.
He was preceded in death by a son, Vollie Eugene Edwards, Jr. (Gene); three sisters: Faye Wiggins, Wendy Georgis and Bertha Smith; and two brothers: Charles Edwards and Guilford Edward, Jr.
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