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MR. JOHNNY DUKE EDWARDS, age 78, of Dry Valley Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019, in a Rome hospital following a brief illness.  He was born in Summerville, Georgia on January 7, 1941, a son of the late Duke Hamilton (Water Bill)  and Ella Mae Padgett Edwards.  Mr. Edwards loved fishing and hunting.  He was retired from the City of Summerville after numerous years of service; serving in several capacities including Superintendent of the water and sewer department.  He was a retired volunteer Fireman for the City of Summerville, a member and Deacon of the New Beginnings Baptist Church, member of Chattooga Lodge #704 F & AM, and a member of the Chattooga Shrine Club.  Besides His Parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lynda Sue Hames Edwards.
            He is survived be his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Kerri Edwards; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Mary Edwards; sisters and brother-in-law, Cindy Finster, Diane Gilliland, Mary (Pudge) and Richard White; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
            Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating, Active Pallbearers, Billy Gilliland, Matt Edwards, Tony White, Samuel Finster, Chance Gilliland, and Cale Pledger.  Interment in Summerville Cemetery with Masonic Rites at graveside, by Chattooga Lodge #704 F & AM.  The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Wednesday from 6 until 8 P.M.  The Family request no flowers and no food; suggest contributions to Chattooga Shrine Club or New Beginnings Baptist Church.
            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Johnny Duke Edwards, who passed away Tuesday.

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