My Grandfather Blog by Cara Anguisette FM2 Lord Asheron
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The events of the last week since I got the call have been very hectic and very emotional for all involve to say the least. It started with the call Monday morning from my dad saying that my beloved grandfather had passed away. Wednesday I flew out to go home…what welcoming faces to see at the arrivals in the airport. My cousin Kristie, Randy, and a long time family friend Tommy. My cousin Kristie started that day out at 9 am in her pajamas thinking that she was only going to pick up Tommy from the airport. Haha the surprise was on her. She got the call that Randy was flying in…so she went to Old Navy to get clothes so her and Tommy could go see a movie and wait to pick up Randy then she got the call that I was flying in luckily I was in an hr after him and an hr me my cousin Keith flew in from California. She had a tip cup and a taxi business card we bought her a pine tree air fresher so she was like a real taxi…. On the way we were to visit the rest of the family…hugs and kisses all around….how are you doing …tears cried…and shared amongst the family while we watched a video of pictures set to music….my Aunt Lorre put that together ….time to go home and rest up for the calling hours knowing that it would be a very emotional day for all involved…. Dec. 4, 2008 the hardest was seeing my mother break down and my son say I just want him to wake up…the lil ones cry….and then to see my grandmother almost falter and cry her few tears but yet she remained strong standing beside him the whole time never leaving his side offering comfort to us all like he would if he were there…she called everyone up one last time as we all gathered round standing close as we all said goodnight until we seen him on the morrow…finally the last person was done and she said “Fall in Troops” in a command voice. We all fell in behind her like we would our father, and grandfather. And she said “this is what he would have said.” we all just started to giggle amongst our tears that were rolling down our cheeks…. Dec. 5, 2008 Celebration of Life Ceremony …once again we all gathered around to celebrate the greatest man I will ever know life we all had our own memories to share. The minister residing over the service went to the Mansfield Jail and got keys for us grandchildren all 20 of us to symbolize the doors that our grandfather opened and that we shouldn’t be afraid to say who he was and he called us up one by one as he read our letters for us but some us of didn’t get away with that he did make us read them because he was so touched by what we wrote he wished that we share them with our loved ones. My cousin Katie and I were ones that didn’t get away with him reading them for us… all the grandchildren broke out in tears with hers when she quoted our grandpa “come sit by me I’ll be the best grandpa you will ever know” and that is how she ended it and he was the greatest grandpa we ever did know… we all have his traits of the tongue peeking out of the corner of our mouths in times of concentration…I have my love of country music thanks to him and the love of Italian sausage ….we all have a love of gardening and fresh vegetables and fishing and knowing how to properly bait a hook and not being afraid of touching worms and knowing how to love unconditionally…many me memories were shared and will be passed down for generations to come…His pall bearers were his oldest grandsons and a fine job they did he would be so proud of them as they wore his oak leaf cluster ribbons with pride and honor.. My dad asked the limo driver if there was going to be a funeral procession there wasn’t going to be one but damn if the wasn’t an unofficial one…he looked over at my mother and said “looks like we have a procession after all” she replied “We’re the Edwards we will find a way to get what we want when we want something, that’s what my dad has taught us to do.” We arrived at Western Reserved National Cemetery for his funeral…oh what a rush it was but how I dreaded it that we are at the final end ….this makes it all final….we pull up they salute the greatest man and soldier until the day he died a man willing to go back to Iraq to continue fighting for our freedoms we have…silent tears are shed as we all walk behind the man we are there to lay to rest ….they are ready to begin they fold the flag present it to my grandmother who is sitting right in front of me and I start to really weep for the 2nd time then comes the 21 gun salute…your body just shakes as they discharge but your heart is racing and your mind as well knowing what an honor this is because this man has earned this right once again the tears come flowing down my cheeks for the 3rd time and taps brings the 4th wave of tears with the 1st wave with them saluting the my great American Hero Command Sgt. Major Bobby K. Edwards. Time for us all to go party as he would want us to…while he is over next door to the cemetery playing a few rounds of golf …. A few of his great-grandchildren did the twist, one of his favorite dance I’m sure he was dancing with them. Oh how he loved to cut up the dance floor… there was no doubt about that …afterwards we went back to their home and my grandmother was back to her wifely duties of doing the dishes and taken care of the house and the family making sure everyone was feed and doing okay with things….Behind every man is a great woman well behind my grandpa there was Pasty Jewel…


Photobucket Bobby K. Edwards December 3, 2008 ASHLAND - Retired Command Sergeant Major, Bobby K. Edwards, 79, died Monday, December 1, 2008 at his home in Ashland Ohio. Born May 31, 1929 in Wise County, Pound, VA. Bobby was a dedicated soldier, husband to his wife of 57 years, Patsy Jewel Linville, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. He enlisted into the United States Army in June 1945 in Roanoke, Virginia. He was a veteran of World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His tour of duties included Japan, two tours in Korea, Germany, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. He was highly decorated, being awarded the Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Metal (8th award), WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal Japan, National Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal 7 Battle Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He retired with an honorable discharge at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas on December 31, 1973. He also retired from Cyclops, Empire Detroit Steel Division, Mansfield plant in 1991. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Mason's Little Rose of the Alps. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Mamie (Edwards) and Hobert Tompkins and Ott and Tollie Linville; brothers, Wilburn and Samual Tompkins; and sister, Mary Tompkins-Hughs; brother and sister-in-laws, Basil Linville, Darnell and Edna Linville, Ott and Ruby Linville Jr., Teddy Linville, Caril Linville, Alma and Fred Brewster, Phyllis and Ken Hamilton, Franklin Stapleton; and several nieces and nephews. Bobby is survived by his six children (and spouses), Christine (Pat) Ludwick of Mansfield, OH, Linda (Gary) Moore of St. Louis, Missouri, Donna (Don) Sutherland of Ashland, Bobby Jr. (Marlene) Edwards, Lucas, OH, Timothy (Susan) Edwards, Ashland, and Lorre (Gary) Brustoski, Ashland; sixteen grandchildren, Melissa Ellison, Kristie (Tony) Freed, Jason Moore, Keith Oslie, Kory (Kristin) Oslie, Kyle Oslie, Kate Edwards, Carolyn Markling, Kalen Oslie, Devin Edwards, Kip Oslie, Luke Edwards, Jennifer and Emily Brustoski; four great-grandchildren, Joseph and Brett Brown, Tanner and Kiley Freed; his brother, Jimmy (Ruth) Tompkins; and a sister, Claudette (Sam) Branham; and brother and sister-in-laws, Irene Linville, Mary Linville, Denny (Roni) Linville, David (Sue) Linville, Lethamae Stapleton, Juan Perez; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 308 Claremont Ave., on Thursday, December 4, 2008, from 6-9 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, December 5, 2008, at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Rev. Bruce Copley. Full military graveside services will be held by the U.S. Army and veterans organizations from the area. Burial will be at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, Inc 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland OH 44805-9593 or to St. Jude's Hospital. Online guest registry at www.wappner.com
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