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Obituary for Rayford Watson Edwards

Mr. Rayford Watson Edwards, age 86, of Carrollton, Georgia passed away on Tuesday afternoon, April 4, 2017. He was born November 4, 1930 in Carroll County, Georgia, the son of the late Grady Edwards and the late Faye Phillips Edwards. He was a retired carpenter, having worked many years with Stallings Cabinet and Construction in Carrollton, Georgia. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a faithful, longtime member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Billy Edwards, Donald Edwards, Kenneth Edwards, and Steve Edwards; and one sister, Wylene Stringer. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mrs. Joyce Bates Edwards; son and daughter-in-law, Mark & Carla Edwards of Carrollton; daughter, Amy Tyson , also of Carrollton; sisters and brothers-in-law: Dean & Terry Pate of Carrollton, Linda & Howard C. “Smitty” Smith of Carrollton, Sandra & Gary Farlow of Bowdon; brothers and sister-in-law: Holly & Shirley Edwards of Carrollton and Roderick “Rod” Edwards of Carrollton; and four grandchildren: Dana & James Mykytyn of Smyrna, Chance Turner, Chelsea Turner, and Ashlyn Tyson, all of Carrollton. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Edwards officiating. The eulogy will be presented by Ms. Amy Tyson. Music will be provided by Dana Edwards Mykytyn and Eddie Cook, accompanied by Donnie Muse on piano. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Chance Turner, Clay Smith, Tim Pate, Kelton Pate, James Mykytyn and Christopher White. Those seated as honorary pallbearers will be: Smitty Smith, Terry Pate, Gary Farlow, Holly Edwards, Rod Edwards, Dave Griffith, Gayle Edwards, and John Stallings. Interment will follow in Carroll Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 2:00 PM until the time of service. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

694 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd.
Carrollton, Ga 30116





4:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

694 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd.
Carrollton, Ga 30116

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Carroll Memory Gardens

914 Stripling Chapel Rd
Carrollton, GA 30116


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