Cynthia A. Edwards

Published 5:04 pm Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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PENDLETON – Cynthia Anne Edwards, age 61, passed away Friday morning, September 25, 2020 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after spending several months for physical rehabilitation at Edgecombe Health and Rehabilitation Center in Tarboro. A lifelong resident of Northampton County, Anne was preceded in death by her infant twin daughters, Megan and Melissa Edwards: parents Mr. and Mrs. Grady Martin, Sr.; and stepmother, Bruce Ann Jones Martin.

A crafter, Anne was known for her artistic talents that ranged from painting to jewelry making and basket making to calligraphy and design. Her love for antiques, movies, and books are unmistakable in the Pendleton home she loved so much. Anne was a member of Roberts Chapel Baptist Church, where she served and led in the WMU’s Baptist Young Women’s organization, taught in the children’s Sunday school, and worked with the children in Vacation Bible School. A kind, gentle, spiritual person, Anne was always thinking of others, especially children, with thoughtful surprises and gestures of love. Quick witted with an appreciation for the comedic side of life, Anne blessed her family, friends, and anyone she met.

After graduating from Northampton County High School, Anne began what would become a life of caring for others by enrolling in Roanoke Chowan Community College’s nursing program. During this time, Anne made the decision to enroll full time in the Louise Obici School of Nursing in Suffolk, Virginia, graduating as a registered nurse in 1986. Anne worked in the Labor and Delivery Department and the Emergency Department at Vidant North in Roanoke Rapids before becoming an Emergency Department Nurse at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie. Later, she owned and operated Severn Ag Service, alongside her husband, Keith, for several years, while also managing the Galatia Peanut Buying Station. One to be involved in the community, Anne worked almost thirteen years with the Northampton County Board of Elections serving much of that time as a judge for the Pendleton Precinct.

Anne is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Keith H. Edwards of their home; her son, Taylor E. Edwards and his fiancé, Cameron Taylor of Murfreesboro; sister, June Miller of Milwaukee; brothers Tim Martin and wife, Terry, Grady Lee Martin and wife, Shana, and Clay Martin, all of Milwaukee; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Roberts Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Pendleton, NC, with Rev. Michael Currin, officiating.

The family wishes to acknowledge and extend appreciation to the many health care providers and in-home health caregivers that have so lovingly cared for Anne over the past thirteen years, especially these past few years.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be to Roberts Chapel Baptist Church, P.O Box 128, Pendleton, NC 27862 or online by visiting fund, type: Anne Edwards.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro is handling the arrangements for the Edwards family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting