Pastor Emeritus Reverend Robert L. Edwards of Walterboro, South Carolina, was born on March 19, 1932 to the late Griffin and Ethel Edwards of Irmo, South Carolina. On Thursday, June 18, 2020, Rev. Edwards was called to his eternal rest. Reverend Edwards was the second of six children. He was married to the late Minister Cora Green Edwards (deceased) and together they were blessed with seven children. In 1988, he married Evangelist Louise Cobbs Edwards of Walterboro, South Carolina, and gained another son.
Reverend Edwards was educated in the public schools of Columbia, SC. He received his Bachelor of Ministry from the Carolina Theological Institute of Branchville, SC, in 1998. Reverend Edwards was a truck driver by profession, but he loved God and served God until his death.
After giving his life to God, he served as a deacon with St. James Holiness Church of Irmo, SC, where he was later called into the ministry in 1978. He answered God’s call and served as a pastor of several churches. He pastored Sandhill Baptist Church of Walterboro, Nazarene Baptist Church of Cottageville, SC, Anna Laura Baptist Church of Yemassee, SC, 2nd AB Church of Pocotaligo, SC, St. Matthews Baptist Church in Ridgeland, SC, and 2nd Gethsemane Baptist Church of Beaufort, SC, where he retired in 2015 due to health issues. He has served in numerous other ministries and organizations throughout the years. He currently served as the Vice Moderator of the Bethel Union and Supply Pastor as needed to many of the churches in the area.
Reverend Edwards was affectionately known as “Bud” to his loved ones. He loved to talk about God. His motto was, “It’s right to do right and it’s wrong to do wrong”. He enjoyed working outside in his yard and he loved to barbeque and bake sweet potato pies.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife Minister Cora Edwards; four children: Kathy Edwards, Ronald Edwards, Donald Golson, and Linda Raysor; three grandchildren; and siblings Ethel Pollock, James Raymond “Joe” Edwards, and Thelma Ellen Watson-Davis.
The Reverend Robert Edwards is survived by his wife of 31 years Evangelist Louise Edwards and children RL (Rhonda) Golson of Columbia, SC; Henry (Sharon) Edwards of Phoenix City, AL; Tyrone (Angela) Edwards of Irmo, SC; Loretta (James) Smith of Columbia, SC; Robert O’Neal Edwards of Columbia, SC; Debra (Steve) Fields of Columbia, SC; Malverick Edwards of Columbia, SC; and Marlon Cobbs of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves to mourn his loving and beautiful siblings Ruth Wyman of Columbia, SC and Shirley Brown of Elgin, SC; two sisters-in-law Louise Edwards of Columbia and Corrie Cooper of Walterboro, SC; three brothers-in-law Woodrow Cobbs and Odell Cobbs of Walterboro, SC, and Henry Wyman of Pocotaligo, SC; 28 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special God-daughter, his “Joy” Jocelyn Ford McDomick (Fabian) of Arizona.
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