John Edwards

John Edwards

July 25, 2021, 79, Goldsboro –

John Edwards, 79, passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Born in Atlanta, Georgia on March 8, 1942, he was the son of the late Clyde Holt Edwards and Mary Caroline Heery Edwards.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the apple of his eye, his great-granddaughter, Ava; brothers, Clyde Edwards and Wade Edwards; and his in-laws, Howard and Ruth Spence.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Donna “DeeDee’ Edwards; daughter, Caryn Reagan and husband, Lennie of Pikeville; son, Chris Edwards of Greenville; grandchildren, Allie Reagan, Brittany Reagan, Jamey Reagan (Amanda), and Joey Reagan (Dana); and great-grandchildren, Tucker, Austin, Baylee, Gracie, and Jackson.

John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 94 in Snow Hill where he also served as their chaplain. John was a 41-year member of Oak Forest Church of Christ where he worshiped faithfully and served as an elder.

John was an avid bass fisherman and once earned the title of “Angler of the Year.” He spent many hours out on the lake fishing and taking in the beauty of God’s creation. John was a die-hard Duke Blue Devils Basketball fan and loved watching NASCAR.

A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Mr. Lennie Reagan officiating. Full military honors will be rendered by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. John will lie in state on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Oak Forest Church of Christ, 2705 N Park Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534.

Arrangements by Seymour Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to