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Graveside Service

St. Luke's Historic Church Cemetery
Tuesday October 4th, 2022

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Rebecca M. Edwards

Heaven gained an angel with the passing of Rebecca Melton Edwards on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.  Born in Enfield, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Dennis and Madeline Melton.  She met and married her late husband Fitzhugh L Edwards Jr. in 1970 and together they raised a family on the Edwards farm and celebrated 45 years of marriage until his passing in 2015. She is also predeceased by her infant daughter, Lee; and son in law, Brian Howard. She loved her Lord and attended Benn’s United Methodist church as often as her health would allow.  

Rebecca was a commercial artist and enjoyed making and painting ceramic treasures in her shop.   Her favorite ceramics were her Christmas Santa’s which she loved setting out for the Christmas holiday.  She also enjoyed cooking for her family and making up new recipes. No one who ate at her table went away hungry.  She always made sure you were well fed.  She loved working in her garden with her flowers and passed along her love of nature to her children and grandchildren.   One of her favorite pastimes was cane pole fishing at Edwards Finger Lake and she was always trying to hook that big bass that managed to slip away.   She loved her family deeply and would always call every morning and every evening to check up on everyone to see how we were doing and if anybody needed anything.  She demonstrated that love of family trait to everyone one of us every day of her life.   

Rebecca leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Ellen Howard of Chesapeake, Mary Hassell (Nathan), and David Edwards of Smithfield; five grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Hannah, Emma, and Benjamin.  A brother, Hodge Melton of Jefferson City, Tennessee and sister, Hilda Cockrell (Bert) of Hampton; and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family.  

A celebration grave side service will be held at 2 p.m.  Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the old section of historic St Luke cemetery in Smithfield.  The family wishes to thank the IOW Rescue Squad for their multiple trips supporting Mama Edwards and requests any gifts or gratuity be made on behalf of the IOW Rescue Squad.  

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Ellen, Mary, and David. We are sorry for your loss. Your friends Jimmy, Steve, and Susan Williams

Jimmy Williams Jan 1 2023 1:29 PM

Mary and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Bill & Debbie Vaccarelli

Bill and Debbie Vaccarelli Oct 4 2022 1:12 PM

Became Rebecca’s neighbor around thirty years ago and she immediately made my family feel like we were part of the community. She will be missed.

Barry Davis Oct 2 2022 9:57 PM

My memories of Rebecca Edwards are plentiful. She often told me stories of family and friends from the past. She loved to tell her stories. She loved her family and she always asked me how I was doing and if I needed anything, She loved me as if I were her own son. I am forever blessed to have Rebecca as my special mom.

Nathan Hassell Sep 30 2022 10:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rebecca Edwards

Sylvia Demarest Sep 30 2022 2:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rebecca Edwards

Jeanette Howard Sep 29 2022 6:45 PM