James Elvin “Jimmie” Edwards, age 89, of Somerset, KY., passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.

Jimmie was born on May 12, 1929 in Somerset, KY, to the late John Breckinridge and Margaret Catherine Waddle Edwards. He was of the Christian faith, a farmer, a truck driver, and a caretaker at Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery for over 40 years. He co-founded the Lake Cumberland Riding Club and was part of the Hardee’s morning coffee club. Jimmie loved horseback riding, farming, and family get-togethers. He enjoyed working his sawmill and driving and operating all of heavy machinery. Jimmie married the love of his life, Kathleen Hail Edwards, on May 15, 1948 in Ringgold, GA., and they shared over 70 years together before his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Edwards of Somerset, KY; one son, Gary (and Linda) Edwards of Somerset, KY; three daughters, Barbara (and Mike) Walters of Nancy, KY; Rebecca (and Steve) Hatfield of Nancy, KY; and Melinda (and Randy) Turpin of Somerset, KY;  eight grandchildren, Dr. Rebekah Walters (and Neal) Branscum of Nancy, KY; Jessica Donn (and Adam) Bohannon of Lexington, KY; Jennifer Kathryn Edwards of Somerset, KY; John Michael (and Katie) Walters of Somerset, KY; Christopher Steven Hatfield of Somerset, KY; Stephanie Rebecca Hatfield of Nashville, TN; Elizabeth Ann (and John) Dailey of Lexington, KY; and Lillie Catherine Turpin of Somerset, KY; four great-grandchildren, Ryder Walters Branscum and Kathleen Elizabeth Branscum, both of Nancy, KY; Natalie Jean Bohannon of Lexington, KY; and Jackson Hunter Phelps of Somerset, KY; three brothers, Robert (and Francis) of Lexington, KY; Maurice (and Donna) Edwards of Somerset, KY; and Kenneth (and Karen) Edwards of Somerset, KY; and four sisters, Kathleen Rogers of Florence, KY; Doris (and Ned) Herald of Science Hill, KY; Lona Marie Beattie of Somerset, KY; and Linda Sue (and Garnett) Tarter of Nancy, KY.

Along with his parents, John and Margaret Catherine, he was preceded in death by one brother, John William “Bill” Edwards, and two sisters, Anna Elizabeth Finks and Margaret Lucille Atkinson.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2018 after 6:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

A second visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 11:00am until 1:00pm at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. His funeral service will follow at 1:00pm with Steve Hatfield officiating. Burial will be at Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam Bohannon, Chris Hatfield, Neal Branscum, John Dailey, Mike Walters, and Kenneth Edwards. Honorary Pallbearer will be John Walters.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery Fund.

You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for James “Jimmie” Edwards.