James Earl Edwards


James Earl Edwards, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and esteemed
educator, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2024, in Marianna, FL. Born on July 19, 1941, in Chattahoochee,
FL, James Earl lived a full and impactful life that touched the hearts of many within his community.
James Earl grew up in a loving family and was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Evie Woodward
Edwards, and his sister Doris Kirkland. He leaves behind his devoted wife of many years, Norma Jean Edwards;
his sons, Dennis Wayne Edwards and Kevin “Scotty Earl” Edwards (Jennifer); his siblings, Carolyn Edwards,
Donna Tritz, and Bobby Edwards (Ruth); his eight grandchildren, Skyler Edwards (Jenna), Adam Edwards
(Sherie), Sydney Edwards Kalvin (Alex), Dylan Edwards (Karina), Alyssa Edwards, Alex Edwards (Shauna),
Riley Edwards, and Morgan Edwards; his nine great-grandchildren, James, Zooey, Anthony, Max, Skyler,
Christian, Abigail, Carmen, and Aleena Jo. James Earl also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, extended
family members, and countless friends who will miss him dearly.
After graduating from Sneads High School in 1959, James Earl pursued higher education with vigor, earning an
AA Degree from Chipola Jr College, a BA Degree from Troy College, and both a Master’s Degree and an
Education Specialist Degree from Florida State University. His passion for education led him to a lifelong
career in teaching, shaping countless lives along the way. James Earl began his teaching career in 1962 at
Southside Elementary School in Crestview, Florida. In 1965, he returned to his alma mater, Sneads High
School, where he served as a teacher, Assistant Principal, and then Principal until his retirement in 2003. His
dedication to the school and its students was unwavering, and he will forever be remembered as a Sneads High
James Earl was deeply involved in his community, serving on the Sneads Town Council and as a member of the
local JC’s. His leadership extended to the national stage as he served many years as a National Beta Club
Director, influencing young minds beyond the walls of his school.
An avid golfer and tennis player, James Earl found joy in the simple pleasures of life, such as spending time at
the beach. Above all, his family was his pride and joy. He was known for his kind, funny, and generous spirit,
and his love for his community was as boundless as his love for his family.
His life was a testament to the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” James Earl Edwards succeeded in every sense of the word,
leaving an indelible mark on the lives he touched.
As we bid farewell to James Earl, we reflect on a life well-lived, a legacy of kindness, laughter, and generosity
that will live on through the generations. He was a beacon of light for his family, his students, and his
community. His memory will be cherished and kept alive in the stories shared by those who loved him and the

countless lives he influenced. James Earl Edwards will be deeply missed, but his spirit will continue to guide us,
just as it did throughout his remarkable life.
A Funeral Service for James Earl will be held in the Sneads High School Gymnasium on Thursday, June 13,
2024, beginning at 10:00 AM Central Time. James Earl’s family will receive friends for visitation on
Wednesday, June 12, 2024, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Central Time at McAlpin Funeral Home.
Flowers are welcomed by the family, or you may wish to make a contribution in James Earl’s memory to The
Sneads High School Foundation, an organization near and dear to his heart.
Condolences may be submitted at www.mcalpinfuneralhome.com


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