HULL - Otis Virgil Edwards, 94, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Austin and Mamie Lou Epps Edwards. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Sue Martin Edwards; three brothers, Quilla Edwards, Lynelle Edwards, and Odell Edwards; and son-in-law, Don Kesler. Rev. Edwards began his ministry in 1942 and after serving in the United States Army during World War II, he attended Bob Jones University. In 1948 he organized Calvary Baptist Church, which is now New Haven Baptist Church. He also organized Bethel Baptist Church in Union Point and The Baptist Tabernacle near Commerce. In 1948 he began a radio ministry on WRFC and WNGC that continued for 42 years. In 1957 he organized Northside Baptist Church where he ministered until his retirement. During his ministry he made over 21 trips to the Holy Lands as a tour guide and founded the Independent Baptist Fellowship Association of Georgia.
Survivors include daughters, Joan Towns and husband, Doug and Gay Kesler; son, Paul Edwards and wife, Linda; sisters, Merle Fortson, Marie Allen and husband, Charles, and Jeanette Daniel and husband, Calvin; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20, in the chapel at Bernstein Funeral Home with Harold Venable of Reidsville, N.C. officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Memorial.
Memorial contributions may be be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.