On March 21, 1944, Ramsom Edmonds and Beulah Edwards Edmonds were presented with the birth a baby girl who was delivered by Ella Edwards, the mother of Beulah Edmonds. Ella gave the baby the name of Miriam. That baby girl was me. I had six brothers and one sister. My mom told me that I was the only one who called her “Mama”. The other children called her by her name.
I was raised as a “Tom-boy”, but I never had any complaints. I called on Jesus when I needed Him, and it didn’t take long for me to feel His presence. When I really got sick, my Mom told me that I didn’t have anything to worry about because I wasn’t going any place until “God was ready for me”.
“Of pathways we choose and the detours we face
With patience and humor, courage, and grace.”
My Mom was the daughter of Ella and Rev. Richmond Edwards, who preceded her in death. My Father was the son of Inda and Frank Edmonds, who preceded him in death. My parents were united in Holy Matrimony and from this marriage, six boys and two girls were born. My parents have now gone home to Glory. My brothers who have been reunited with my parents are Percy, Gamaliel, Richard, Godfrey, and frank. My only sister, Deborah, has joined them, as well. My brother, Floyd, is the only one of the siblings that remains here. May God bless him.
“I know my Savior is living
I feel Him in my soul,
With His grace, I will make it
Home to Heaven.”
I joined the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, when Rev. James Edward Cherry was the Pastor. I remained a member for many years until I changed my membership to the Fidelity Baptist Church in the Summit Community of Littleton, North Carolina, where Rev. John Rooks is the Pastor. I couldn’t go to church as I should have gone because I was ill most of the time, but I still kept my faith and spirit in God.
I attended the former Print Elementary School in the Summit Community of Littleton, North Carolina. After graduating from the eighth grade, I attended McIver High School in Littleton, North Carolina, and graduated with the class of 1962. After which, I enrolled at Halifax Community College and received a Social Science Degree, a Nursing certificate, and my Notary Public certification. I became employed at a Catholic rest home and a home for children with special needs in Baltimore, Maryland. When I returned to home Littleton, I worked at the former Roanoke Rapids Hospital for nine and a half years, a rest home in Weldon, North Carolina, for many years, and ended my career after nine and a half years in the Halifax County School System.
I became President of the McIver High School Alumni Association and remained in that position for fifteen years. Although it required a lot of work, I enjoyed it immensely and formed many friendships and close relationships with former graduates.
My two adorable sons, Keith and Daryl, have made me so proud! They are the beats of my heart! Keith served his country in the United States Army and was shipped to Saudi Arabia two months before the Desert Storm War began. Daryl was shipped to Germany where he completed his tour of duty with the United States Army. Daryl has three children, Brandon, Maria’, and Joshua. Keith and his wife, Tina, also have three children, Scott Keith, Jr.(Morgan), Shakeyra, and Taliya. I have one great-granddaughter, Annabel; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 6, 2017, in the chapel of the funeral home. Bishop Roy Foots will deliver the eulogy.