Robert L. Edwards


Robert L. Edwards, aged 92, passed away on December 30, 2020. Robert was known as “Lurell” or “Lou” by most of his family and friends. He was born on December 6, 1928 in Franklin, TX. As a life-long resident of Franklin, he was known as one of the city’s oldest citizens. He was a faithful member South New Hope Baptist Church and was an active member until the pandemic made it unsafe to attend services.

Lurell worked for multiple local employers over the years, all of which he enjoyed engaging and working with great people while building lifelong friendships. His first job was with the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Franklin. He later worked for the Franklin Lumber Company; it was during this time that he also volunteered with the local fire department. He also worked many years with the Texas Highway Department where he retired after 15 years of service. During his retirement, Lurell remained active in the local Franklin community by volunteering to drive school buses for Franklin Independent School District. In addition, he was an active member of the North-South Cemetery Association for many years.

Lurell was proceeded in death by his parents Clyde Sr. and Lucy Edwards; only daughter, Carolyn Edwards; spouse, Dorothy Petty; four brothers, Alfred Edwards, Clyde Edwards Jr., Olen Edwards, and Kenneth “Feet” Edwards; and special nephew, Edwin S. Cook Sr.

Lurell is survived by his five sisters: Darlene Cook, Ruby Edwards, Lillie B. Edwards, Gussie Edwards (Jeffrey), and Denver Richards; two brothers: James Roy Edwards and Keith Edwards; three step-daughters: Sharon Edwards (Darrell), Barbara Petty, and Michelle Petty all of Franklin, Texas; and step-son: Jeffery Petty (Paula) of Dallas, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren, and good friends. He will be missed greatly by all.

Visitation will be held at South New Hope Baptist Church, 611 Calvert Street in Franklin, TX on Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 10AM - 11:30AM. Graveside service for immediate family will follow at 12PM at the North-South Cemetery, Franklin, TX.



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