of Harrison, AR
April 5, 1928 - July 27, 2020
Charles Edwards, Jr., age 92, of Harrison, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020, in Harrison. The son of Charles Edwards and Nerva Jane (Cheatham) Edwards, was born on April 5, 1928, in Mt. Judea, Arkansas. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Randy Cooper; his granddaughter, Michaela Cooper; his sister, Virgie Edwards Patterson; his sister-in-law, Freda McCutcheon Edwards; and many nieces and nephews. Junior was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Ruth Edwards; his brothers, Herbert, JB (Beet), Frank, and John; and his sisters, Sybil, Ineva, Geneva, and Elsie June.Raised on a farm in Mt. Judea, Junior loved telling stories of life in Newton County. He attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and finished his degree at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. Never one to like to be far from home, he lived in Harrison after marrying Mildred Ruth Parker in 1950. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. After his discharge, he and Mildred Ruth moved to Clarksville to finish his education.Junior taught school and coached basketball at Bergman, St. Joe, and Omaha. He was a referee for many years at high school basketball games in the area. He began a new career with the Arkansas Department of Human Services as a caseworker in Newton County and later transferred to Boone County where he worked for 25 years.Junior loved being on the farm with his horses and cattle. Forever the coach, he always had words of advice and encouragement to his family competing in horse shows and rodeos. He was a lifetime member of the Harrison Roundup Club, having been instrumental in starting the Play Days. For many years, he and the family participated in the annual wagon train to Springdale as well as many wagon rides and trail rides. He was an avid coon hunter and Bluetick Coonhound breeder throughout his life, having hunted well into his 80's. He enjoyed many hunting excursions with relatives and friends throughout the Newton County hills and still owned a Bluetick Coonhound at his death.A private graveside service will be held at Rogers Cemetery near Gaither.Pallbearers are Eddie Mark Edwards, Billy Edwards, Larry Edwards, Brad Edwards, Patrick Hoffman, and Randy Laverty.Honorary pallbearers are Edwin Eoff, George and Bonnie Parker, Jimmie and Dickie Parker, Shorty Ozier, and Wayne and Peggy Thompson.Roller-Christeson Funeral Home is complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.
Robin, Randy, Makayla,I'm so sorry you lost your Daddy and Grandpa. I remember him as gracious and calm. Robin, when you were little he seemed to have so much patience helping you with your horses. He was always working around the rodeo grounds and concession stand to make all the HRC events run smoothly. I know you'll miss him so much. Love ya'll.
Robin, Dad has been so very upset regarding the loss of Jr.Dad and Mom both sure did enjoy knowing and being a part of both your Dad and Mom's long life. I have your Dad's photo along with my Dads when they had their photos taken to help celebrate the local veterans on April 3, 2018 right before their birthdays, on my refrigerator and I see them both daily...Peace be with you and your family.Vernon and Mary Stacey.
My condolences to Junior's family. I enjoyed working with Junior for a number of years at the Department of Human Services. He was a kind man and gave me some good advice.
Robin - Sorry to hear about Jr. Jr was such a delight! My best memories as a child was in the coon woods with Jr and my grandfather. Mildred would prepare snacks for our nightly adventure, and the dogs were anxious and ready to tree. Deepest sympathy to you and your family! with Love,Laura ShawKathy Shaw
My sincere condolences and prayers to the Edwards and Parker families.
Robin and family,I am so sorry to learn of the death of your father. My prayers and my heart Go out to each of you.Ann
I always enjoyed talking to your Dad And Mom, they were the sweetest people ,
Robin,your dad was such a great man. Always uplifting and encouraging and helpful.I know you will miss him so much.
I’m so sorry for your loss. My dad was related to Junior and they loved talking with each other about cattle and old times. My heartfelt sympathy to his family. Daughter of William Ralph Coonts.
Robin... loved your dadHave missed wagoning with him and the whiffs of his pipe smoke. Know that you, and family are in my prayers and thoughts.B
Lots of GOOD memories with Junior with the Wagon Train, Round Up Club and just being friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for the family.......