Vernon Lee "Strawberry" Edwards, 77, of Marissa, formerly of Harrisburg, born June 27, 1935, in St. Louis, Mo., passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Sparta Community Hospital due to a car accident.
Vernon was a retired coal miner with Peabody Coal Company. He enjoyed making many friends during his mining career, and after retirement he went to work for Buchheit's Farm Supply Store in Sparta where he made many more new friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, James and mother, Veronica Edwards. He was also preceded in death by his son, Alan Lee and a niece, Melissa Douglas.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; and their daughters, Verna of Marissa, and Pamela (Roy) Wiggins of Galatia; three stepchildren, Lonnie Reeves of Belleville, Pam (Reeves) Treat of Carrier Mills and Penny Reeves of Kansas City, Mo.
He is also survived by a sister, Linda (Louis) Douglas of Harrisburg; and a nephew, Dusty Douglas of Springfield.
Surviving are eight grandchildren, Christopher, Arron and Brandon Edwards, Andrea (Wiggins) Brooks, Josh and Derrick Lewis, Quaid Treat, Casey Reeves; and three great-grandchildren, Isabella Grace Brooks, Ally Lyn Edwards and Braden Gordon.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.heilschuessler.com.
In accordance with Vernon's wishes no services will be held.