OBITUARY: Mildred Ann Edwards


Mildred Ann Edwards went home to be with our Lord and receive her heavenly rewards on Wednesday, September 6, surrounded by her family.

Born Mildred Ann Phillips on January 22, 1929, she was known by many names: Mama, Baby, Green Apples, Aunt Mil, and Norene Nanny, but she was best known simply as “Nanny.” Mildred spent her life in service to God, her family, her church, and her community.

Though tiny in stature, she was a spiritual giant. She was a lifetime member of Fall Creek Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and played the piano by ear. She ministered to the youth, hosted meals and preachers, baked innumerable meals and cakes, and prayed continually.

She was an avid supporter of the U.S. Postal Service through the multitude of beautifully written cards she sent over her lifetime. She shared God’s light and love with everyone she knew and exemplified Christ through her daily life and quiet spiritual counsel.

She is joyfully reunited with her father and mother, Frank and Ona Phillips, her husband and love of her life, Marshall Edwards, her daughter, Sharon Buchanan, and son-in-law, Charles Buchanan, and sister, Ina (Lawton) Tarpley.

Mildred will be dearly missed by her daughter, Lynn Beadle, beloved son-in-law, Bobby Beadle, grandchildren: John (Meg) Buchanan, Kristen Beadle, and Jennifer (Colby) James, great-grandchildren: Kendall and Kaden Buchanan, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many additional family and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 8, 2023 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday, September 9, 2023 11:00 am – 1:00 pm with the funeral service immediately following at Hunter Funeral Home, 208 W Main St, Watertown, TN 37184. Dr. Hunter Hay officiating. The burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Norene, Tennessee. Pallbearers, Bob Beadle, John Buchanan, Kaden Buchanan, Colby James, Randall Hall, Greg Jennings, Dann Whitt.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Fall Creek Baptist Church youth, 11535 Cainsville Rd, Norene, TN 37136 or Community Church at Greenvale youth, c/o Kimmie Haley, Treasurer, 198 Edgewood Street, Alexandria, TN 37012, or Gideons International.

May God Bless


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