I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. . . 2 Timothy 4:7
Julia Mae Edwards was born on August 26, 1953 in Summerville, South Carolina to the late Edith Bracey and Leon Cooper. On Friday, May 22, 2020 in the presence of her family, God saw fit in his divine providence to call home Julia Mae Edwards from labor to reward. After a long battle with Glioblastoma Grade IV, Julia realized that the battle was not hers, but it belonged to the Lord. She kept the faith and she fought a good fight until the very end.
Julia was educated in the public-school system of Dorchester County where she graduated from Summerville High School in 1972. Julia possessed a talent for decorating and floral design and furthered her education at Trident Technical College where she received a certificate in Floral Arrangement Design. Many weddings and home décor displayed her artistic and creative designs especially around the local area. Julia had the most pleasure in decorating the church and reception for both her daughter’s weddings. She was gifted with her hands and showed compassion in her work of floral design and event planning.
Julia married the love of her life, Christopher Edwards, and to that union of 47 years, five beautiful children were born.
Julia excepted Christ as her Savior early in life and served the Lord with zeal and enthusiasm. Her kindness, sweet disposition and quiet demeanor spoke volumes about her character as a disciple of Christ, a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She worked actively at Bethesda Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. where she served faithfully as the church secretary, the chair of the Pastor’s Aide Committee, Local Youth President, Local Missionary Vice President, a member of the Minster and Deacon’s Wives Guild and the Sunday School Secretary for the South Carolina Palmetto Diocese.
Julia will always be remembered as a compassionate gentle giant. Whatever needed done, you can always count on Julia to get done without reservation within her family or community. She gave all that she could to make life a better place for those around her. A quiet soul with a heart of gold.
One of Julia’s finest treasures were her grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart. She made each one of them feel special, and each one had the opportunity to attend church with her every Sunday.
Julia was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Edwards, Jr. (CJ) and her sister, Annie Emily Ruby Cooper Sanders, and brother in law, Michael Edwards (Martha Ann).
She leaves to cherish and honor her memories: her loving husband of forty-seven years, Christopher Edwards Sr., her children: Tonya Ladson (Lateef), Elden Edwards (Brittney), Saviela Thorne (Larry), and Jeremy Edwards. She cherished her grandchildren: Henry Edwards, Braylan Edwards (Perla), Chris Sisco, Alliyah Alston, Gavin Edwards, Giovanni Edwards-Knowles, Kaylin Palmer, Christian Edwards, Kaiden Edwards, Karter Edwards, Caleb and Kamorah Sisco, and three great grands: Junior, Ayden and Jonah. She has five sisters: Lenora Edith Sheppard, Loraine Douglas, Francis Washington (Harold), and two brothers: Leon F. Cooper and Herbert Nathaniel Cooper. She adored her in-laws, William (Leroy) Edwards, Rebecca Alston, Daniel Edwards, Janice McCray (Willie, Sr.), Kathleen Edwards, Betty Carpenter, Jonie Edwards (Rhonda), Timothy Edwards (Linda), Randy Edwards (Kim), and a host of nieces and nephews.
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