Betty Jo Edwards

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Betty Jo Edwards, 78, of Summerville, was received into Heaven on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. She was born Friday, April 12, 1935 in Jena to the union of her parents, George Edward Thornton and Vira Mae Beavers Thornton. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Leslie Tam and Pete McCarty officiating. Interment followed in the Summerville Cemetery in Summerville under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Edwards; a daughter, Casey Dempsey; brother, Robert Edward “Ed” Thornton; a sister, Marie Thornton Anglin; and a great granddaughter, Sophia Skye Edwards. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Jerrel Ray Edwards; three sons, Carl Edwards and wife Lynn, Eugene Edwards and wife LaDawn, and Lon Edwards and wife Mikey; two daughters, Renae Edwards Grant and husband Todd, and Lynn Edwards Francis; two sisters, Georgia Thornton Owens and Evelyn Thornton Windham; 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and an adopted son and daughter, Jerry and Juanita Windham. Pallbearers were Earl Long along with grandsons, Joey Edwards, Shaun Edwards, Justin Edwards, Lonnie Edwards, Stephen Grant, Jake Francis, Shane Edwards and Jordan Pritchard. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Long, Kevin Long, Terry “Bubba” King, Johnnie Long, Morris “Brother” Graham, Leon Graham, Gary Anglin, Donald Anglin, and Mark Windham.
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