It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Vernon Dean Edwards, of Shidler, Oklahoma. Friends are welcome to pay their respects at Grace Memorial Chapel in Ponca City on Friday, January 18th from 10a.m. until 8 p.m.
Family will be present for a reception Friday from 6-8 p.m. Graveside services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Ponca City. The minister Bill Long will officiate the service. Casket bearers will include Bruce Edwards, Lee Edwards, Aaron Short, John Roe, Bill Coates, and Richard Dysel.
He was born to William Thomas Edwards and Lela Madge Thompson Edwards on November 19, 1937 in Borger, Texas. The oldest of a set of twins, Vernon was born five minutes before his twin sister, Jean. Big brother Thomas Bruce Edwards welcomed home his new brother and sister. During high school he played football, baseball, and basketball. After high school Vernon joined the U.S. Army where he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He served as a green beret in the Army special forces. Upon retirement, he had attained the rank of Major. He worked as an US government employee later in life as a police officer and in other various security positions. Vernon received his higher education at NOC in Tonkawa as well as UCO in Edmond, Oklahoma.
His grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. This spring, the family was expecting two great grandsons and Vernon was delighted. He looked forward to March and April when he could finally kiss the cheeks of these two precious boys.
He was always interested in family heritage and the family tree. His ancestors hailed from Wales. He had proudly researched the family crest and enjoyed showing it off. “It contains lions, that’s a sign of royalty” he would say. He had traced back ancestors who fought in the revolutionary war (a man named Cader Edwards who was 70 years old when he fought), the civil war (where the sided with the “Blue”), WWI and WWII. He inherited his patriotism.
Vernon was a sharpshooter. He won several competitions. He competed in competitions both in the Army and out. His hands were rarely still, he enjoyed carpentry work and riding his motorcycle. The Army also allowed him to indulge one of his biggest hobbies, traveling. His travels of the world encompassed the entire USA, Hawaii, Germany, Vietnam, England, and even Thailand.
Vernon was a dreamer. He had a dream house planned but never got around to building it. Well, we believe he’s building that house now.
Everyone who knew him loved him. It was an honor to be called his friend. He will be missed but not forgotten.
He is now reunited in heaven with his loved ones including his parents, twin sister Velma Jean McGugan and her husband Willis L McGugan.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter Valerie Short of Ochelata, Oklahoma,
Grandchildren; Rachel Ann Bartholomew and her husband Martin Roy of Bartlesville; Aaron Ray Short and his wife Katherine Styles of Bartlesville;
Great granddaughter Aubrey Dix of Bartlesville, Great grandchildren who are due this spring: William Dean Cade Bartholomew who is due on March 31, 2019, and Elias Ray Short who is due on April 7, 2019.
Brother Thomas Bruce Edwards and his wife Leova, nephew Bruce Michael Edwards and his wife Beth Hardwick, their children Cayde and Maddie Edwards; nephew Lee Thomas Edwards and his wife Katie Robinson-Edwards their children Alberto and Riley Edwards; niece Teresa McGugan Eckert and her husband Randy, their children Danielle Nall and husband Michael Nall, Lacy Shane, and Matt Lively and his wife Ashton Monroe-Hall.
Condolences may be written at www.gracememorialchapel.net
Dear Mr. Edwards,
I only met you briefly in my younger years when I was so self centered that I was oblivious to what others had accomplished in life. I would have never guessed the sacrifices that you made for our country. The 2 tours that you did in Vietnam that was mostly an unpopular war in the US. Unpopular or not, you had a mission to do according to the oaths that you took upon yourself. Many people lost their lives in that war and you survived. But now you are no longer with us due to a very unfortunate accident. On this day when you are being put to rest I have regrets for not understanding more about those thoughts and experiences that are so uniquely yours. Though the chance to understand those thoughts and experiences are gone forever, but the regret is still remains. In the end I salute you for all your sacrifices that you have made. Not only for your country, bur for your family as well. Farewell Mr. Edwards may your soul rest in peace.
Charles AlvisRedmond, WA
I was a very close friend of Vernon in school .We played on the basketball team together ( going ,my Senior & his Junior year winning 21 of 23 Games) He was very good at sports .
During those years we ran around together with another close friend Gene Smith . If you saw 1 of us you usually would see all of us . We had a great time going all over that part of Okla.
We enjoyed going swimming at Cay Banks and other popular swimming holes on Salt Creek .
I only wish I would have been able to visit Vernon more often . When people move away from the home town they think they will stay in touch with their close friends but that is not always true . In this case I still will miss my dear friend . I pray for the family and God Bless !!
Bobby L YorkPalm Coast, FL
Valerie and Family: I am so so sorry for the loss of Vern. Dad used to meet him at the post office almost daily and they would visit for a little while. I know how devastating this must be for your family and I pray that God will grant you a little peace and comfort at this time. He'll always be with you until you see him again. Love and prayers.
Sharon Book Phelps & Gene BookShidler, OK
Vern was a awesome guy I will truly miss him coming into Mandy's cafe and asking what's the special right at 11am.....fly high Vern
Grew up with this kid in Shawnee , Tom and I stayed freinds and in touch ever since .
Virgil ReddingHawthorne, CA
Our deepest sympathies.
Herb HooverSallisaw, OK
Papaw was a pillar to the family. Every time I saw him the first thing he would say was "I'm Hungry".
He ate at 11am sharp.
I will dearly miss him and am honored to have met such a great man.
Martin Roy Bartholomew JrBartlesville, OK
We have loss a great man in our community I don’t need to tell you that but I want you to know that he will be missed I saw him that Monday at Mandy’s for lunch we said hi to each other I did not think that would be the last time I saw him but we can learn a good lesson on life from your dad he lived life the way he wanted too and was kind to everyone God bless your family and those special babies that are coming
Thomasine McwilliamsShidler, OK