Mr. Samuel C. (Sam) Edwards, age 81, of Bittings Avenue, Summerville, GA, passed away Thursday morning, March 5, 2009, in the local nursing home.  A native Chattoogaian, Mr. Edwards was born to the late Benjamin F. and Kathleen Smiley Edwards on February 17, 1928.  He was a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School Class of the church.  Mr. Edwards was retired from the rubberizing department of the former Bigelow-Sanford Rug Mill.  He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Margaret Headrick Edwards, November 19, 2003.

Surviving are son, Samuel Merle Edwards of Slidell, LA; granddaughter, Leslie Edwards of Jacksonville, FL; a brother, Ted Edwards of the Armuchee community; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 7, at 3:00pm from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Dr. Kenneth Summey officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetary.

Active pallbearers are: Leroy Buice, Bob Reynolds, Mike Poole, Mike Smith, David Young and Tommy Rabun.  Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church.

Visitation is Saturday, March 7, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the funeral home.  Mr. Edwards requested no flowers; instead make contributions to the Summerville First Baptist Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Samuel C. (Sam) Edwards.