Shirley Ricks Edwards

December 24, 1934 - December 7, 2023

12/24/1934 - 12/07/2023

Past Services

Friday December 15, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service~Letchworth Chapel
101 West 7th Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
2528262035 | Directions
Saturday December 16, 2023
11:00 am
Sunnyside Cemetery
4764 US-258
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Shirley Ricks Edwards, beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, peacefully passed away on December 7, 2023, at the age of 88. Shirley was born on December 24, 1934, in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, to the late Edwin Ricks and Margaret “Tiny” Ellen Ricks.

Shirley dedicated many years of her life to supporting her husband’s eye doctor office. She took pride in her work and found joy in assisting others. Outside of her professional endeavors, Shirley had a variety of interests and hobbies. She relished her time as a member of the Bridge Club, nurturing her passion for flowers through her garden, and sharing her love for cooking with family and friends. Most importantly, Shirley cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren, finding happiness in their laughter and creating lasting memories together. During this difficult time, may the memories of Shirley bring comfort and solace to all who knew and loved her.

Along with her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her loving spouse, Dr. John Jackson Edwards Jr.; son, Kenny Edwards; brother, Eddie Ricks; sisters, Mary Ellen Glover and Nancy Stein; son-in-law, Bob Richardson; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Edwards.

Left to cherish Shirley’s memory are her daughter, Debbie Richardson of Knightdale, NC; two sons, Johnny Edwards III of Morehead, NC, and Michael (Beth) Edwards of Wake Forest, NC; granddaughter Angela Edwards (Brandon) Ashton of Surf City, NC; grandson Chris Edwards of Raleigh, NC; great-grandsons Ryan, Brynn, and John Ashton; sisters Dorothy Eason of Virginia, and Lynette (Mike) Bullock of Rocky Mount, NC; brothers Robert (Mary Bruce) Ricks of Rocky Mount, NC, and Allen Ricks of Rocky Mount, NC; and brother-in-law Stan Glover of Greenville.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 15, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Letchworth-Sykes Funeral Service in Scotland Neck, NC. Funeral services for Shirley will be conducted on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 11:00 am at Sunnyside Cemetery in Scotland Neck, NC, with Reverend Paul Spradley officiating.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Gentiva Hospice and Cadence of Wake Forest for their compassion and support during Shirley’s illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or online by clicking here

The arrangements for the Edwards family are entrusted to Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

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Connie Freeman
4 months ago

Such loving memories of Aunt Shirley! Wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations in Scotland Neck, holiday gatherings in Rocky Mount, and trips to their Atlantic Beach place. Remember Shirley and my mom meeting for lunch most Wednesdays in Rocky Mount.