Lester Ray Edwards, Sr.

Lester Ray Edwards, Sr.

Lester Ray Edwards Sr.
October 28, 1935 – July 1 2018

RALEIGH – Lester Ray Edwards Sr., 82, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday. He is at peace and in his final resting place. He served in the US Air-force, worked for the State of NC, and retired from the NC National Guard. Lester always had a story to share and never met a stranger. He achieved many things in his lifetime but will be remembered most for the good man he was and for the love he had for his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jonny Odell Edwards and Edna Brown; siblings, Helen Hege, Dot Adkins, and his twin brother Chester Edwards.

He is survived by his wife Mary Caudel Edwards of the home, Children Leslie Bolick (Dale) of Wendell, Donna Cronin (Tommy) of Knightdale, Lester Ray Edwards JR (Patsy) of Wendell, Joseph Lee Edwards (Taunia) of Knightdale, Siblings Bobby Edwards of Myrtle Beach, Brenda K Gibson (Chuck) of Myrtle Beach and Grandchildren Shannon, Kristen, Jacob, Joe Joe, Trey, Brittany, Delaney, and Jackson.

Flowers welcomed, or memorials may be made to charity of choice.

Funeral Service 1:00 pm, Thursday Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St, Wendell with visitation from 12-1, prior to the service. Burial: Historic Oak Wood Cemetery, Raleigh. www.stricklandfuneral.com


  • Davie Flowers Posted July 2, 2018 3:23 pm

    He was a very great friend to me and my husband David Flowers. He will be greatly missed, we loved him very much.

  • Mary Bolick Posted July 2, 2018 6:22 pm

    My heart knows all to well of this pain . My love and prayers are with each and everyone of you , .

  • Kay Cacchione Posted July 2, 2018 9:25 pm

    Deepest sympathy for Mary and family. I will always remember Sarge and Mary for all the love and friendship shown to my daughter, son-in-law and two boys.

  • Angela Hughes Melton Posted July 2, 2018 10:05 pm

    Im so sorry for your lost. You and your family will be in my prayers. If I can do anything please call me.

  • Bob Suber Posted July 2, 2018 10:33 pm

    Oh Wes, you were such a pleasant friend and it was a pleasure to have served with you in the National Guard those years ago. Rest in Peace, Soldier. Condolences to your loving family from an old friend.

  • Chuck Collins Posted July 2, 2018 11:18 pm

    Brother, you will be missed! You were the brother I never had and I always enjoyed the times we spent together. I love you!

  • David Tyndall (Chief Tyndall) Posted July 3, 2018 12:24 pm

    Leslie, Donna and family. I am so truly sorry for your loss and I pray God will comfort you all during this difficult time and the days ahead.

  • Brenda Johnson Posted July 3, 2018 3:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss, may God bring peace to you and your family. Mr. Edwards was such a good may and loved his family. We will all miss him and his smile. Love yall

  • Sheirl McCormick Posted July 4, 2018 9:54 am

    Donna and Leslie I am sorry for your loss. I thank God for getting to know and enjoying the life of such a mighty warrior. He was always happy and a wealth of wisdom. He will be missed. Take comfort that God makes no mistake and that he and his best friend “ Chester” will be together again.

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