A devout Christian for all of his life, he will be remembered for his philanthropic work and outreach to cancer victims. As a cancer survivor since 1977, he was a good shepherd, leading other cancer victims through tough times. M.D. Anderson Hospital honored him with the Marion D. Edwards Fellowship in Hepatic Oncology. He will also be remember for helping many young people acquire an education, especially in the realm of the performing arts. He and his wife Penny were closely associated with The Acadiana Conservatory of Music, where he fostered many youth into the full blossom of their natural talent. His work experience includes operating a successful insurance and real estate agency (The Edwards Insurance & Real Estate Agency) from 1956-2012. He served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Freeport McMoRan, Inc. from 1983-1995, and continued as a political consultant of governmental affairs for the same company from 1995-1999.
Edwards is survived by his beloved wife Deborah “Penny” Meaux Edwards; his three children from his first marriage to Aline Luther Edwards, Wanda Edwards, Elizabeth Kersten and husband Stephen and Donna Edwards; his grandchildren, Brian Eastep and wife Tara, Jeremy Eastep and wife Natasha Fossett, Brandon Eastep and wife Lynn Chang, Eric Edwards and Ashley Clement; and his great-grandchildren, Matthew and Abigail Eastep and Lily Eastep, Devin, Nathan, and Cameron Edwards. He is survived by his brother Gov. Edwin Edwards. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Agnes and Clarence Edwards; a sister, Audrey Isbell and husband Andrew; and brothers, Nolan and wife Eleanor and Allan.
Visitation will be held at Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home, located at 301 North Avenue F in Crowley, on Monday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 8 to 10 a.m. The funeral will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1203 West Northern Ave. in Crowley, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Marion D. Edwards Fellowship in Hepatic Oncology, MD. Anderson PO Box 301439, Houston, Texas 77230, or Hospice of Acadiana, 260 Johnston Street, Suite 200, Lafayette 70503.