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Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD.
- Leviticus 22:31
Today we pay tribute to the memory of Willie Buck Edwards Jr, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He loved his family, loved to help people, and always had a kind word for all. Willie Buck loved to laugh, and his warm smile always brought joy to the people around him.
On Thursday, December 25, 1930, Willie Buck Edwards Jr, the eldest of nine children, was born to the parentage of Willie Edwards Sr. and Dorothy Vaughan Edwards in Jackson, North Carolina.
As he was known to many, Willie Buck received his education in the Northampton County School System. He began working as a farmer early in life to help his family. He was known as a hard worker who was always willing to assist his co-workers. Willie Buck eventually became employed at the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Milwaukee, North Carolina, where he worked as a forklift operator for thirty years before retiring.
Willie Buck accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior early in life and became a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Jackson, NC, where he remained loyal. He loved his Church and served for many years as a Steward and Usher until his health declined. Willie Buck loved the Lord and strived to be a faithful Christian until God called him home.
As life progressed, Willie Buck met the love of his life, Clementine Grant, and their love was shared for 65 years. This union produced one son, Mandel Curry Edwards Sr. He loved his grandchildren. He spent many days laughing and playing with them and riding in his truck. Willie Buck took immense pride in seeing his son and all his grandchildren grow up and receive their college degrees.
Willie Buck was a loving and supportive father and grandfather. He loved his family and his friends. His home was always open and welcoming for anyone who wanted to visit. Willie Buck was a huge sports fan. He loved to watch football games and was a fan of the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also loved to watch wrestling and baseball games on television, but one of the most beloved times in his life was when he coached the Allen Chapel Softball Team. He took immense pride in coaching the team and enjoyed the thrill of the games with his players.
Willie Buck had a great love of life. He enjoyed making people happy and gave freely of himself to his family and friends. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Our hearts will forever feel the void of his absence.
On August 5, 2023, while in the care of Pruitt Health & Hospice Center of Durham, North Carolina, Willie Buck was called from his earthly labors to his eternal rest. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John L. Edwards, Clarence Edwards, Robert Lee Edwards and Roger R. Edwards.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife of 65 years, Clementine Grant Edwards of Jackson, NC; his son, Mandel Curry Edwards Sr. of Durham, NC; his daughter-in-law, Tincye Martin Edwards of Durham NC; granddaughter, Nikki Marie Daniels of Atlanta, GA; grandson, Mandel Curry Edwards Jr. of Durham, NC; granddaughter, Dr. Tamara Anita Edwards of Durham, NC; four sisters, Della Faulcon of Weldon, NC, Cornelia White of Clayton, NC, Elizabeth Garris of Holly Springs, NC and Dorothy Boyd of Silver Springs, MD; one brother-in-law, Bennie Garris of Holly Springs, NC; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Mr. Edwards' tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.
The Caring Team of T. L. Faison's Funeral Care, LLC is privileged to provide
"Professional Care, With Dignity & Integrity"
to the family of Mr. Willie Buck Edwards, Jr.
We ask that you unite with us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer.
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