Dr. Francis L. Edwards


Dr. Francis L. Edwards died Sunday, May 2, 1999. Born in 1922 in Palmetto, Fla., he was the son of the late James Leon and Dorothy Combs Edwards. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Theresa Amato Edwards; his children, Francis Leon II and his wife, Carol, Samuel Charles and his wife, Charlotte, and D.R. and husband, Warren Browne; his grandchildren, Jennifer and Elaina Edwards and Chandler Edwards Browne; his brother, Richard and his wife, Joyce; his sisters-in-law, Gerlanda "Jennie" and Catherine Amato; and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Edwards and his wife practiced dentistry in Beckley for more than 48 years. He attended WVU and Loyola University of South in New Orleans and graduated from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland Dental School, with his DDS in 1950. He was elected into Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Fraternity. He was in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, serving in both the United States and Europe during World War II. He was past commander of American Legion Post 32. Dr. Edwards was a life member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity and was past master of the W.Va. Alumni Chapter. He was president of the New River Dental Society and served as alternate delegate for delegate to American Dental Association. He also served as editor of the W.Va. Dental Journal and was a member of the WVU Dental School Committee. He was the author of "Dentistry of the American Indian." He served as chairman of the Publicity Committee, W.Va. Dental Society; co-chairman, Exhibits Committee, W.Va. Dental Association Annual Session; chairman, Arrangements Committee 72 ND. Annual Session W.Va. Dental Association; and chairman Program Committee 73rd Annual Session W.Va. Dental Association and Semiannual Session. He was past president and secretary of the W.Va. section of the B.C.D.S. University of Maryland Alumni Association; a past member of American Association of Dental Editors and Federation Dentaire International; past chairman of the Dental Health Committee, W.Va. Dental Association; and a member of Raleigh County Dental Health Council. He was a staff member of Raleigh General Hospital, attending dentist at Veterans Hospital in Beckley and dental consultant at Pine Lodge Extended Care Center. Dr. Edwards attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, where he was instrumental in the construction of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church School. He served as editor of the School Year Book; past president of the PTA; 3rd degree Knights of Columbus; and 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He was past secretary and president of the Second Professional Building Corp.; a charter member of the Flat Top Lake Association for 47 years. He was past lieutenant governor, Civitan International; past president, Beckley Civitan International; past institutional representative, Boy Scouts of America; and was a member of Black Knight Country and Moose clubs. Dr. Edwards is listed in "Who's Who in the East" and "Outstanding West Virginians." He was acknowledged in "The Legacy of the B.C.D.S.; a Century and a Quarter of Distinguished Contribution by its Graduates; PROCEEDINGS 125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of the B.C.D.S." He also served as chairman of the J. Ben Robinson Recognition Bust Presentation, WVU Medical Center. An avid golfer and fisherman, Dr. Edwards also enjoyed being a member of CB Channel 31 and loving lawncare. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with the Revs. Samuel S. Sacus and Maria Asir officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Calfee Funeral Home, with the scripture service conducted at 8 p.m. by Deacon W. Donald Wise. Pallbearers will be Samuel Chase Amato, Samuel Thomas Amato, Dr. James T. Farris, Dr. Francis Hajash, Toney Marino, Robert McClure, Richard Sepkowski, and Raymond Stuart. Honorary pallbearers will be Amerigo Cappellari, Robert Biddington, Dr. Kyle Jarrell, Dr. Charles Merritt, Dr. Charles Saul, Dr. Richard Starr, the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus, the New River Dental Society and friends from CB Channel 31. Contributions may be made in Dr. Edwards' memory to the American Red Cross Blood Bank, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, or the church of your choice. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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