Mrs. Mary Alice Johnson Edwards, age 80 died on Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, NC. She was born in Bertie County and lived all her life in Halifax County. She was married to the late Harold B. Edwards in 1946 and they enjoyed thirty-nine years of marriage until his death in 1985. To this marriage was born six children. Mrs. Edwards worked as a beautician for some forty years in Scotland Neck. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Scotland Neck where she served many capacities. She was devoted to her church and serving the Lord. Mrs. Edwards, each and every Sunday brought a wonderful smile to the sanctuary. Her bright personality will be greatly missed by not only First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck, but each and everyone who knew her. She loved the outdoors working in her flowers and gardening. She loved people.
Preceding her in death other than her husband are her mother and father, Aleathia Harrison Johnson and William Edward Johnson, her sister, Lynette J. Bunch, her brother, Laverne Johnson and one grandchild, Chad Edwards.
Survivors include her six children; Elizabeth Joanna Perry of Raleigh, NC, Patricia Ann Edwards-Tyng of Raleigh, NC, Jimmy H. Edwards and his wife Kathy of Scotland Neck, NC, Johnny B. Edwards and his wife Becky of Gates, NC, Roland W. Edwards of Scotland Neck, NC and Quessie E. Bohmer and her husband Earl of Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; Sammy and Justin Perry, Paul and Gregory Tyng, Christopher and Corey Edwards, Jason and Larry Edwards and Ashton Bohmer, along with three great grandchildren, Katherine, James, and Luke Edwards.
Mary Alice’s beauty shop was behind the Post Office years ago, I am sure you remember. Anyway, we were going to a Edward’s family reunion in Kinston and I wanted to look my best, because I was going to meet family I had never seen. Well, Mary Alice had always told me to stop messing with my hair, and of course, I did not listen. I decided to color and perm my hair all on the same day. Now, I did not have any idea what I was doing and thought, this cannot be that difficult, WRONG.
I had shoulder length hair and by the time I finished with it, the color was orange and it was fried, so I wrapped a towel around my hair, crying, and drove to the beauty shop. When I walked in, she said Susan what have you done now( I can picture the expression on her face so good). Mrs. Madry was under the dryer, boy did she come out from under that thing when I took the towel off. Mary Alice jumped back as if she had seen someone with leprosy, it was a site to behold, her expression and my hair, hahaha.
As she always did for everyone, she took me under her wing and colored my hair to correct it and cut it very very short. I just remember us laughing and her telling me to dry those tears
I loved her dearly and will miss her with all my heart.
I will miss you tommorow on Christmas Day! Have a beautiful with our Lord and Savoir. I love you with all my heart!
Our sympathies to the Edward’s family. Mary Alice was a sweet woman.
Your mom was such a sweetheart. I’ll bet she and Mary are watching us right now…two wonderful ladies!
I miss you tonight, Mama.
My deepest, heartfelt sympathy for all of the family, especially my very good friend, Joanna.
Mary Alice was a sweetheart of a woman and will always be remembered as such.
We met Mrs. Edwards once at Surf City. She was a beautiful and pleasant lady. We’re friends of Joanna, Sammy, Justin and Pat. Our deepest sympathy to you all
I love you with all my heart!
Rest in peace Ms Mary Alice,Tell Ms Letha hello and also my Granny,G/dad and my Daddy I love them.
I remember when I was little that I thought you were beautiful and you most certainly were inside and out
You are now in the presence of the Lord. He has been waiting for you. Now you have your just reward.