Thomas Nibley Edwards
1923 — 2014
SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA — Tom Edwards, 90, was born in Logan, Utah. When he was 3-years old, his family moved to Eldon, Missouri, where he grew up. In World War II, he served as a pilot of a B-24, flying 35 missions over Germany. His flight jacket is on display at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia. After the war, he graduated from the University of Missouri and joined his father in the movie theater business. In 1956 he moved his family to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he became a very successful real estate broker. He was an avid big game hunter, having hunted on six of the seven continents. He was past president of Ft. Lauderdale Board of Realtors, former commodore of Ft. Lauderdale Yacht Club, a member of Phi Delta Theta and the African Safari Club, past trustee of First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale and also attended First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville. He was married to Nedra Covington for 59 years before she passed away in 2008.
He is survived by his sister, Jodie Needy, and her family; his three children, Sue Rich (Larry), Debra Edwards and Tom Edwards Jr. (Connie); eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was a rock who always knew that “everything would work out.”
On Friday, March 28, instead of being escorted back to the Cliffs of Dover by fighters, he was escorted home by angels. He was one of the greats of the Greatest Generation.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Flordia. Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be sent in his name to Hope Health Center, 4614 Carnegie Ave., Fairfield, AL 35064.