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Longtime Arsenal, WH school employeee Edwards dies at 90.


Leslie Raymond “Les” Edwards, 90 of White Hall died Wednesday, Feb. 26 at his home in White Hall. He was born July 27, 1923 in Rye, Arkansas to the late Garfield and Oma Curry Edwards. He attended schools in Cleveland County and also served in the CCC for two years. Les later joined the United States Navy and served in World War II. After returning from the Navy, Les went to work at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and worked as a general foreman in the production division. He retired from the Arsenal in 1974 and joined the White Hall School District and was over the maintenance for over twenty years. Les was a member of Bethany Baptist Church where he was a past Sunday School Superintendent. He was a charter member of the American Legion White Hall Post #232 and a member of the Jacob Brump Lodge #160. He was a member of the first White Hall Planning Commission and also did much volunteer work for the community. Les was an avid fisherman, golfer, love gardening, and enjoyed umpiring softball and baseball.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bertha Doss Edwards; brother, Joey Edwards.

He is survived by four sons, Steve (Randa) Edwards, Mike Edwards, David (Pam) Edwards, Ricky (Heather) Edwards; two daughters, Sharon (Gregg) Terry, and Lori (Pat) Edwards Copeland; two brothers, James and Billy Edwards; sister, Jean Bagwell; fifteen grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Tippy.

Funeral services were held Friday in the chapel of Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall with the Rev. Jonathan Witcher officiating.