James (“Jim”) Lee Edwards, Sr., age 83, of Vass died Friday (September 10, 2021) at his home with his family.  

A private graveside service will be held at White Hill Presbyterian Church on Monday, September 13.

Jim was born in Rockfish in 1937, to the late Logan and Viola Edwards. His father died when Jim was an infant and he subsequently resided with his paternal grandparents, Hazzard and Esther Edwards. When his mother remarried, Jim relocated to Vass and developed a close bond with his stepfather, Lacy McRae. Jim attended school at Vass-Lakeview prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps. While in service, he married Eunice Holder and they resided in Washington, DC where he was stationed. They returned to North Carolina in 1960. Following this, Jim worked at JP Stevens for 34 years. He was also an active volunteer with the Vass Rescue Squad for over 20 years, as well as the Crestline Fire Department, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Vass. Jim was driven to serve others in need and was thankful for his opportunity to do so in these capacities. He firmly believed in the value of hard work, was an avid golfer, loved the color green, and was known to frequent the Aberdeen pool hall. Jim had an easy smile, a kind heart, and a generous nature. He loved and was loved by many, and what he enjoyed most was spending time with his family – especially his two granddaughters, who brought him much joy. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eunice; son, Lee Edwards (Holly) of Cameron; granddaughters, Bella and Ava; and sister, Joanne McRae McMillan (Glen) of Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Edwards family. 


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  1. Aunt Eunice, Lee and family. You are in my heart and my prayers. Uncle Jim will be greatly missed, but we all carry many fond memories of him that will be cherished forever. I love you all. ❤

  2. Eunice, Lee and family, so sorry for your loss. Many prayers for you for the days ahead. Worked with Jim a lot of years. Was a pleasure to work with. He always treated his employees with respect and they in turned respected him. Lots of fond memories over the years 🙏🙏🤗

  3. Eunice, I worked many years with Jim. He was a respected man . Always heard his employees talk about the wonderful meals you cooked them. I was like Him I love green. He will be missed and you and the family will be in my prayers

  4. Sorry for you loss. Worked with Mr.Jim at JP Stevens and got to see him slot around the shop.He will always be remembered as a great guy and for his love of the color green Great memories.

  5. Sorry for your loss, Jim was a great person to be around. From the days a Crestline Fire, JP Stevens and the pool hall. Jim was a standup guys that was a great listener and would give advice when need. He will be missed..

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