Pastor Annette Edwards

1938-2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

GALESBURG - Pastor Annette Crawley Edwards, 69, 311 E. Simmons St., passed away at 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2008, at her residence.

She was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 3, 1938. Pastor Edwards was a resident of Galesburg for 36 years. She operated her business, Annette's Beauty Nook, in her home at 1320 S. Henderson from 1974 to 1983. She was also employed by Carl Sandburg College as a substitute cosmetology teacher. She moved her business to Abron's Hair Design and worked there until she retired in July 2004. Mrs. Edwards was pastor of The New Testament Church of Jesus Christ, Galesburg, which she founded in 1989. At the time of her death she was retired from her church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis James Edwards; one son, Bryon James Edwards; her father, Walter Crawley; and her stepfather, James "Pops" Maddox.

Pastor Edwards is survived by her mother, Virginia (Crawley) Maddox; one son, Victor LaMont Edwards of Seattle, Wash; five grandchildren, Annette Marie, Jaren, Cory, Bren'ee and Peyton; four stepgrandchildren, Alfred Brown, Ashley Edwards, DJ Ridge and Erica Rosignot; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Brenda Crawley; two brothers, Walter Crawley and Bennie Maddox, all of Chicago; a host of other relatives, friends and colleagues in the ministry.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fletcher and McDougald Funeral Home. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Funeral service will be begin immediately afterward at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 1196 N. Academy St., Galesburg. Elder C.J. Jowers will officiate. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery.

Cards, condolences, words of encouragement and sympathy may be sent to c/o Mr. Victor Edwards, P.O. Box 110667, Tacoma, WA 98411. Flowers may be sent to Fletcher and mcDougald Funeral Home, 1087 Grand Ave., Galesburg, IL 61401.

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