Funeral services for James F. "Jim" Edwards, 83, of LaRue are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Pastor Robbie Caldwell officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.
Mr. Edwards passed away on Monday, June 17, 2013, in Magnolia.
James Frank Edwards was born March 28, 1930, in Terrell the son of Opher Edwards and Mae Marie Hopkins Edwards. He was raised in Terrell and later in life became a member of Southside Baptist Church in Port Neches. He joined the Air Force in 1951 and at the end of his military career he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as a supervisor. In January of 1958 he married the love of his life, Mary Mae Rounsavall, in Leagueville. He was a Mason of lodges in both Terrell and in Tyler. He loved to travel and throughout his life was able to see many places all over the world. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed carpentry, farming, fishing and beekeeping. "Pipaw" was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. The world was a better place with him in it. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; Mary Ruth Johnson; and two grandchildren, James Grudier and baby girl Coral.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Rounsavall Edwards; two daughters, Hazel Grudier and husband Larry, of Magnolia, Helen Coral and husband Doug, of New Caney; one cousin, Pat Thornblom; one niece, Ann Davis Sullivan; and six grandchildren, Sarah Grudier, Jonathan Coral, Justin Coral, Nathan Grudier, Jennipher and Julia Coral.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ronald Smith, Dennis Rounsavall, Richard Rounsavall, Danny Rounsavall, Jimmy Rounsavall and Tony Rounsavall.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Rounsavall, Johnny Rounsavall, Guy Ray Lambright, Charles Taylor and J.D. Wallace.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
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