Al Junior Edwards, 88, went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2017 surrounded by loving care of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Al was born in Rockwood, TN, April 29, 1928, the son of the late Nellie and Al John Edwards. His loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Aleida; his daughter, Patricia, and his brother, Chester Edwards, predeceased him.
Al proudly served in the United States Navy for 24 years reaching the rank of Master Chief (E9) BMCM. He served in the American and European Theaters on several ships and shore stations training in mine warfare of sea and harbors. During his career, he was a minesweep boat captain of (MSB-29) an 82′ boat, Commander of a sub-division consisting of four 42′ minesweepers, and crew Warden of Pensacola Naval Air Station Brig. His son, James, also served with his father, Al “Jr” Edwards, on the USS Chukawan A0-100 from January 1969 until January 1970. After retiring from the Navy, Al went to work for St. Brides Prison, became a Lieutenant (LT), and retired from that position after 14 years of service.
Al enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and traveling with his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Aleida.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary Ann Benton and husband Danny; sons, James R. Edwards and wife Phyllis and Al L. Edwards; sister, Betty Ann Pace; four grandchildren, Annette Giannotti, Gayle Bartlett and husband Kevin, Joshua Edwards, James “Jimbo” Edwards (Crystal); three great grandchildren, Artie Moore, Travis Edwards, and Zackie Edwards; as well as several nieces and nephews in Rockwood, TN.
The family would like to thank everyone at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Westminster Canterbury Hospice for caring for our father. “God Bless All”
A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017 at Oman Funeral Home, 653 Cedar Rd. Chesapeake, VA 23322. Chaplain Keith E. Willyard will officiate. The interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimers Unit at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.