Bernard Woodson Edwards, Sr. was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 26, 1947, to the late Dewey McCoy Edwards and Gloria Marybell Robinson. He was the third child born in this union. On April 23, 2020, he silently left us to go home with the Lord and have eternal peace.
Bernard was educated in the Norfolk public school system. He attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he played the trumpet in the prestigious BTW Marching Band. Following the footsteps of his brothers, Dewey and Ray, he left high school in 1966 to join the United States Marine Corps. Upon the completion of his military basic training, he was deployed to the Vietnam War. Unfortunately his tour of duty was shortened, due to life threating injuries sustained, causing him to be hospitalized for a year. Bernard was permanently retired by reason of Physical Disability. He received many awards, certificates and decorations i.e. earning the highest achievable medal, the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
On July 28, 1968 Bernard married Andrea Lee Riddick and of this union three children were born (Dawn, Bernard Jr. and Kyle). Bernard later attended Norfolk State University and worked several jobs before his health declined. He was employed with the US Postal Service, Norfolk Naval Air Station, Frito Lay Company, Kramer Tire Company and Beth
Sholom Bingo Hall. Also known as “Bernie and Tight Eye” to some, he was a handy man who enjoyed working on cars and painting homes from the inside out. At family gatherings, Bernard was always the life of the party. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards and being surrounded by family and friends.
In addition to his father, Bernard is pre-deceased by his brother, Ray LaMarr Edwards, Sr. and his sister, Gloria Marilyn Edwards Ervin. He leaves to cherish his memories, a wife, Andrea R. Edwards of Norfolk, Virginia; one daughter, Dawn M. Hill-Trotman of Silver Spring, MD; two sons, Bernard W. Edwards, Jr. (Margo) of Hampton, VA and Kyle R. Edwards (Shemika) of Chesapeake, VA; five grandchildren, Donnell M. Hill of Washington, DC; Danielle A. Hill of Union, NJ; Dayjah B. Edwards of Virginia Beach, VA; Samuel N. Edwards-Trotman of Boyds, MD and Kaylen R. Edwards of Chesapeake, VA; his mother, Gloria M. Freeman of Boyds, MD; one brother, Dewey G.R. Edwards of Boyds, MD; two sisters, Denise E. Casey (Ronnie) of Lithonia, GA and Lori F. Scott of North Potomac, MD and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.