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Clarence Edwards Jr., known by everyone as Bud, joined the Father in celebration of the victory of Christ over sin and death in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 27th, 2019. He was 81 years old when he passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Mesquite, TX.
Bud was born in Greenville, Texas on March 26, 1938 to Clarence Edwards, Sr. and Ruth Hoyal Edwards. He was married to Linda on January 13, 1962, and they spent 57 years together in marriage before his passing. His work was an uncommon combination: a pastor and a car dealer; this is likely because no one could do them both as well as he could.
His ministry as an evangelist and pastor reached thousands around the world, including Sydney, Australia, Memphis, Tennessee, and, most recently, at Cornerstone Assembly, his own church in Dallas, Texas. His unmatched passion and devotion to the ones he loved inspired everyone to become better people. He would frequently say, “I’m gonna tell you one thing,” before telling us that thing, which was often a thing of great wisdom. God gifted him with the ability to speak into people’s lives with divine insight. He had a way of saying so much in so few words.
He started his own business, Bud’s Motor Company, in 1970, and ran it successfully until just before his passing. His small business sold cars at wholesale prices to those who could not afford the retail prices of many of the larger dealers.
Bud may have been successful as a pastor, evangelist, and pastor, but this did not detract from his time and devotion to his family. He was also well known for his love of animals, rescuing and feeding countless cats and dogs over the years.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Johnson and parents. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his “baby” sister Sherrilyn, his children: daughter Tami McGregor and son and daughter-in-law Cary and Shelley Edwards, his grandchildren, Stephen, Jeffrey, Jacob, Meagan, John, and Sarah, granddaughters-in-law Haley and Laurel, four great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews.
The visitation will be held at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 1st at the same location. His son, Cary Edwards, will be officiating. John Edwards, Jeffrey McGregor, Jacob McGregor, Allen Driver, Robert Harding, and Rudy Macias will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in the Sunset Gardens.