William “Douglas” Edwards, age 58 of Jacksonville passed peacefully on Monday, September 16th, 2019 after enduring a grueling four-month illness. He bravely faced every hurdle with dignity and the will to overcome. God saw that Doug’s battle was an uphill fight and knew that Doug needed to be taken home to a land with no more worries or sickness.
Doug is survived by his wife Sharon Morton Edwards, son Ethan Edwards, daughter-in-law Nicole Edwards, and sisters Rita Lassiter, husband Wiley of Elizabethtown, Kathryn Cribb, husband Tony of Tabor City, and a brother Bradley Edwards of Roseboro. He is also leaving behind his “famous biscuit making memaw,” Louise Morton, brother-in-law Duane Morton, several nephews and nieces.
Doug was born on April 4, 1961. He married his childhood sweetheart Sharon. Over the course of thirty-eight years of marriage they shared an everlasting love. A love that will never fade, but will live on in our heart, mind, and memories.
Doug grew up working on a family farm in Sampson County. As an adult he continued that love of farming and fabricating. Doug was a craftsman in his own right; taking a piece of metal and creating a complete work of art. Doug’s love of classic cars and hot rods was a lifetime passion which led to the creation of many award-winning vehicles.
A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, September 19th from 5-7pm at Jones Funeral Home. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, September 20th at 2pm at Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Roland Penny and Reverend Jerry Smith will be officiating the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Doug’s life. Flowers and condolences may be sent to the Funeral Home or the family’s home. Memorials can be sent to New River PFWB Church, marked as building fund to build a new sanctuary due to devastation from Hurricane Florence. Doug had a strong desire to see a new church erected for worship, so God’s word would go forth into the surrounding communities. Please contact Sharon for information on how to send a memorial for the church.
The family of Doug Edwards would like to thank family and friends for their faithful support. A special “Thank You” to Mr. Melvin Bland and the WJCV Radio Station for faithfully praying and keeping the community updated on Doug’s condition. Memorials may also be made to WJCV to help spread God’s word and love through song.