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The Dillon Herald, Dillon South Carolina

April 22, 1920, Vol. 24, No. 32

William George Edwards

William George Edwards died at the home of his son, Sam Edwards, near Latta Sunday 21st, and was buried at the Mace Cemetery, near here, by the side of his wife Monday afternoon. The Rev. J. H. Graves conducted the burial services at the grave.

William Edwards was born in Marion, Dec. 1, 1846, at the old George Edwards home which still stands. He was a citizen of the town until his marriage to Miss Lucinda Mace, December 1873 since which time he has lived here and at Latta. He was a son of George Edwards who came from Virginia many years ago, and settled in Marion, when quite a young man. The older people of Marion will remember George Edwards as an expert brick mason and plasterer and he with the late W. J. Dickson a skilled carpenter and contractor, before the war and many years afterward, built many of the best dwellings in Marion and all over the county. Many of these homes stand today as monuments to the skill and efficiency of these two faithful workers. Like his father and grandfather, Wm. Edwards learned the trade of brick mason and plasterer when quite young, and was equally as skilled and faithful a workman. He was a born mechanic and when a boy, fashioned a complete toy steam engine which would run on its own steam. He kept a shop all his life equipped with all necessary tools and could repair or make any part of a gun, pistol or sewing machine, being an expert worker of steel and brass. In December 1873 he married Miss Lucinda Mace and settled at the original Mace home near here. His wife died in 1896 leaving five children Dr. Henry S. Edwards, a prominent physician of Latta, Mrs. J. D. Haseldon, now deceased, Maggie who first married the late Ernest McCall and then married a Mr. Claske and now lives in Kansas City Missouri, Mrs. Carrie Blackwell of Greeleyville and Samuel Edwards a successful farmer who owns the Col. J. B. Bethea place near Latta and Sellers. When only 16 years of age he was a member of Company D 7th Battalion S. C. Reserves, and saw service at Florence S. C., guarding prisoners and afterwards on the coast of South Carolina and in front of Sherman in his march across the state. He was a modest retiring disposition and had no enemies but a host of friends who lament his death.

Peace to his ashes.

J. C. Sellers

Submitted by Helen Moody, 8 May 2002.

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