Remembering David Edwards

Our dearly beloved former minister, David Edwards, passed away on Monday morning, March 4, with Kaye Edwards at his side. Two memorial service will be held:

  • At the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse in Loretto, Kentucky on Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 in the afternoon. A reception will follow.
  • At the University of Lynchburg Chapel on Saturday, July 27 at 1:30pm. A reception will follow.

Here is the obituary provided by his family:

David Livingston Edwards was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on December 29, 1947 to Rubye and Barnard Edwards, both now deceased. He is survived by his wife, Kaye; two children, Shelley Edwards (Tim Ketter), and Kent Edwards; two grandchildren, Arabella Ketter and Christopher Custers; sisters, Carol Edwards and Sylvia Mill along with Sylvia’s husband, children, and grandchildren. David graduated from Lynchburg College, Va. and from Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Ky. He served churches in Kentucky, Virginia, and Indiana. He and Kaye would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in December. A kinder, more peace-loving man would be hard to find. He adored his family. He loved fishing and singing (especially with children), hiking the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, taking walks in the woods and swimming in the ocean. He cherished quiet time alone, reading, and studying scripture, exploring the sacred writings of other religions, writing and composing music, and sitting to reflect and think. In the evenings, he enjoyed drinking a Manhattan and listening to classical music. Because of his deep commitment to the teaching of Jesus, he became a pacifist and a conscientious objector to all violence and war. During the time of the Vietnam War, he did two years of required alternative service to the draft by working as an orderly on the cardiac/surgical unit of Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Though David contributed in many ways to what is good in this world, he considered his work as a conscientious objector to be the most important contribution of his life. The cancer that took his life on Monday, March 4, 2019, did not take his loving, gentle spirit. He lives in our hearts. He lives through his commitment to peace and justice for all. He lives through his music and his writing. Two services of celebration for the life of David L. Edwards will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:30 p.m. at Sister of Loretto Motherhouse Chapel and Saturday, July 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m. at The University of Lynchburg Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Loretto Headstart Program of Central Kentucky Community Action Council, 332 Hood Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033.

Listen to David and children singing Children Welcome:

And here is David singing his song And Now He’s Gone:


Service of Encouragement

On February 24, 2019, Church of the Covenant dedicated the Sunday morning service to the appreciation of Rev. David Edwards and to encouragement to David and Kaye Edwards as David continues to battle cancer at their home in Loretto, Kentucky.

All portions of that service are available in the audio segments below. The musicians are Alys Hickcox, piano; Genivieve Starbuck, recorder; Joey Hammonds, guitar; Dan Harrison, guitar.

Gathering Song: “Alleluia” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Introduction to the Special Tribute (Rev. Dan Harrison)

Opening Words (Led by Mike Hickcox)

Hymn: “Morning Song” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Community Prayers (Led by Rev. Dan Harrison)

First Reading: Isaiah 29:16-19 (Read by Ruth Harrison)

Hymn: “This Body is Clay” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Second Reading: Luke 6:27-38 (Read by Alys Hickcox)

Sermon – Stories for Children and Adults (Rev. Dan Harrison)

Offering Song: “I Will Praise God” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Hymn: “Children Welcome” by David L. Edwards, from “Songs for the Journey”

Benediction (Led by Mike Hickcox)

Congregation in the Chapel

The congregation in the chapel, including younger ones on the floor.

Serrmon Time: Rev. Dan Harrison sharing stories with the children.

Children with Drums

During the song, “Welcome Children” the children join in with drums.

Mike Hickcox leads the benediction.