A. J. Edwards Cemetery
Andrew Jackson Edwards Cemetery

Established 1907

Recorded by: Susan M. Jurban, July 4, 2003 

(Note: This cemetery was also documented by Joyce King on April 21, 2004.)

Birchleaf, Dickenson County, VA

Directions: From Haysi, VA, go east on Rte. 80, to Birchleaf. Turn left on Rte. 607, go approximately 1.5 miles to Rte. 617, turn left, go about .9 mile. The cemetery is on the right and is visible from the road.   

Members of the Cumberland Mountain Rangers, Camp# 1798,
perform a memorial service on September 19, 2004, for Confederate Veterans, A. J. Edwards and Jeremiah Yates, who are buried in this cemetery.

 

1 st row: [all rows listed from left to right]

 

Double Stone:

Robbie L. Owens 1892 - 1965 “We Will Meet Again”

 

Fannie E. Owens 1896 - 1985 “We Will Meet Again” [Fannie Edwards, d/o Joshua C. & Flora McIvory Wright Edwards]

 

Nadean O. Quin May 22, 1934 - Jan. 19, 1956 “Thy life was beauty, truth, goodness and love” [d/o Arthur & Elsie Edwards Owens]

 

Triple Stone:

[one empty stone, “mother”]

Owens, Daniel R. Mar. 8, 1926 - Mar. 10, 1970 “Asleep in Jesus, Peaceful Sleep” [s/o Arthur & Elsie Edwards Owens]

Owens, Lucretia Rae Oct. 6, 1958 - Oct. 2, 1998 “daughter” [d/o Daniel R. Owens]

 

Double Stone:

Deel, Hibbert 1914 - 1973 “Asleep Til Jesus Comes”

 

Ruby 1916 -

 

Brian Scott Owens Jan. 3, 1972 - Jan. 4, 1972 “Mother to Jesus”

 

Our Son Danny Ray Owens Mar. 22, 1973 - Oct. 19, 1973 “God Bless You Darling Son, Our Arms Are So Empty”

 

Eleanor Ratliff Nov. 9, 1944 - Dec. 5, 1944 “From Mother’s arms to the arms of Jesus”

 

Mary Lynn Edwards Aug. 26, 1948 - Sept. 24, 1948

 

2 nd row:

 

Double Stone:

Owens, Arthur 1900 - 1982 m. Jan. 23, 1920 “Sleep Until Jesus Comes”

 

Elsie 1902 -1978 [Elsie Edwards, d/o Joshua C. & Flora McIvor Wright Edwards]

Double Stone:

Owens, Arthur, Jr. 1924 - 1975 [s/o Arthur & Elsie Edwards Owens] m. Nov. 9, 1945 Florence1931 - 1974

  

Ray C. Counts Aug. 19, 1918 - Nov. 27, 1945 “Dear Companion and Loving Father” Military stone: Ray C. Counts Virginia PFC US Army World War II Aug. 19, 1918 - Nov. 27, 1945 [Ray Clinton Counts, s/o William H. & Frances Hay Counts, m. Onnie Allene Edwards]

 

 

Duty, Winfield Scott Apr.16, 1890 - Nov. 8, 1965 “Peacefully Asleep” Military stone: Winfield Scott Duty Tennessee 2d Lt. US Army World War II April 16, 1890 - Nov. 8, 1965 [m. Carrie Ethel Arrington]

 

Double Stone:

Sykes, Brice A. Feb. 12, 1907 “Precious Daddy” [s/o James S. & Rhoda Angeline Sykes] wed May 5, 1950 Allene Mar. 5, 1923 “Loving Mother” [Onnie Allene Edwards, d/o Charlie & Carrie Ethel Arrington Edwards m. 1) Ray Clinton Counts]

 

Edwards, Charlie June 29, 1900 - Mar. 24, 1939 “A Friend to All” [s/o Joshua C. & Flora McIvor Wright Edwards, m. Carrie Ethel Arrington]

 

Elder Parkis Edwards April 2, 1928 - April 29, 1971 “A Friend to All” Military stone: Lee Parkis Edwards Virginia S1 US Navy World War II Apr. 2, 1928 - Apr. 29, 1971 [Leo Parkis Edwards, s/o Charlie & Carrie Ethel Arrington Edwards]

 

Shelby Jean Mullins Mar. 9, 1937 - Apr. 6, 1937 “Asleep in Jesus”

 

Jeremiah Edwards Oct. 28, 1863 - Oct. 1, 1936 [s/o Andrew Jackson & Lucretia Deel Edwards]

 

Margaret Edwards May 17, 1865 - Feb. 3, 1931 [Margaret Yates, w/o Jeremiah Edwards & d/o Jeremiah & Mary Anne Deel Yates]

 

?James Edwards born June 4, 1909 died June 4, 1909? [stone hard to read, possibly James Carson Edwards s/o Jeremiah & Margaret Yates Edwards]

 

illegible stone

 

Beatrice Edwards born Sept. 13, 193__ died ___ 193__ [stone hard to read]

 

Juanita Edwards borned Mch. 19, 1927 died May 1927

 

Curtis Edwards 1937 - 1952 “Asleep in Jesus” [s/o Arthur & Margie Hay Edwards]

 

Priscilla Ann Edwards Sept. 16, 1946 - Nov. 2, 1946 “Suffer little children to come unto me”

 

James Ayers Edwards Aug. 5, 1923 - Aug. 3, 1964 “The Lord is my Shepherd”

Military stone: James Ayers Edwards Virginia GM3 USNR World War II Aug. 5, 1923 - Aug. 2, 1964 [s/o Tivis & Barbara Colley Edwards, Note: different dates of death listed on stones]

 

Double Stone:

Tivis Edwards Jan.15, 1901 - Nov. 11, 1966 “A Kind Husband and a Loving Father”

[s/o Jeremiah & Margaret Yates Edwards] Barbara E. Edwards Aug. 25, 1908 - July 3, 1991 “A Kind Wife and a Loving Mother” [Barbara Alice Colley, d/o James Harvey & Mary Ann Edwards Colley]

 

Reserved - Edwards

 

Reserved - Edwards

 

Reserved - White

 

3 rd row:

 

Arrington, Larry Douglas Apr. 18, 1947 - Aug. 29, 1964 “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning”

 

Double stone:

Edwards, Cowan 1898 - 1960 [s/o Joshua C. & Flora McIvor Wright Edwards] Bonnie A. 1904 - 1998 [d/o Newborn H. & Sarah Jane Duty Arrington]

 

Double stone:

Henry A. Mullins Feb. 25, 1889 - Dec. 12, 1944 “At Rest” [s/o Richard & Cynthia Stone Mullins] Tiny Mullins June 24, 1890 - Oct. 6, 1974 “At Rest” [Prutina “Tiny” Edwards, d/o Joshua C. & Flora McIvor Wright Edwards]

 

Lacy Edwards born Feb. 26, 1907 died Apr. 9, 1931 “Gone but not forgotten” [s/o Joshua C. & Flora McIvor Wright Edwards]

 

Double stone:

Mullins, Darrell 1920 - 1987 “Precious Memories” [poss. s/o Henry & Pruntina “Tiny” Edwards Mullins] married Dec. 16, 1947 Malvia 1908 - 1989 “Precious Memories”

 

J. C. Edwards born Dec. 7, 1870 died Dec. 31, 1928 “Asleep in Jesus, peacful rest”

[Joshua C. Edwards, s/o Andrew Jackson & Lucretia “Crissie” Deel Edwards]

 

Flora Edwards July 10, 1877 - Apr. 13, 1940 “A Tender Mother and Faithful Friend”

[Flora McIvor Wright, w/o J. C. Edwards & d/o Solomon E. & Victoria Gibson Wright]

 

Andrew J. Edwards Mar. 9, 1833 - Apr. 10, 1925 “Rest Soldier, Rest Thy Warfare is O’er” Military stone: Andrew J. Edwards Pvt. Co. E 21 VA Cav. Confederate States Army Mar. 9, 1833 - Apr. 10, 1925 [Andrew Jackson Edwards, s/o Lewis & Nancy Howell Edwards]
 
 
 
 
 
Crissie D. Edwards Feb. 18, 1837 - July 12, 1918 “Asleep in Jesus Peaceful Rest”
[Lucretia “Crissie” Deel, w/o Andrew J. Edwards & d/o David Widener & Mary “Pop” Anne Colley Deel]

 

Jeramiah Yates May 10, 1837 - Jan. 14, 1923 “Rest Soldier, Rest Thy Warfare is O’er” Military stone: Jeremiah Yates Pvt. Co. B 2 Vsl. Confederate States Army June 10, 1837 - Jan. 14, 1923 [Note: different dates of birth on stones]

 

Polly Anne Yates Mar. 6, 1839 - May 7, 1907 “Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest”

[Mary “Polly” Anne Deel, w/o Jeremiah Yates & d/o David Widener & Mary “Pop” Anne Colley Deel]

 

?Minabell Edwards born Mar. 11, 1905 died Aug. 14, 1907 [old stone, hard to read] [possibly Minnie Dove Edwards, d/o Jeremiah & Margaret Yates Edwards]

 

illegible tombstone

 

stones with no dates:

Baby born to Arthur & Margie Edwards

Baby born to Arthur & Margie Edwards

Baby born to Arthur & Margie Edwards

Son born to Jr. & Va. Edwards

 

4 th row:

 

Double stone:

O’Qquinn, Andy Nov. 11, 1960 married Nov. 8, 1997 Helen Pauline “Polly” Oct. 5, 1956 - Jan. 3, 2002

 

Double stone:

O’Quinn, Clyde E. Mar. 20, 1927 - Dec. 13, 1998 wed Mar 24, 1953 E. Gay May 2, 1926

 

Deel, Michael Joe Apr. 6, 1951 - Sept. 3, 1980 “To the Best Daddy in the World and Most Loving Husband”

 

O’Quinn, Terry W. Oct. 24, 1958 - Sept. 1, 1978 “Asleep in Jesus” Military stone: Terry Wagne O’Quinn Pvt. US Army Oct. 24, 1958 - Sep. 1, 1978

Double stone:

Owens, Henry H. May 10, 1893 - Mar. 7, 1963 Military stone: Henry H. Owens Pvt. US Army World War I May 10, 1893 - Mar. 7, 1963 Flora M. Jan. 15, 1899 - Oct. 3, 1972 “Asleep in Jesus” [Flora McIvory Edwards, d/o David Widener & Martha Alice Wright Edwards]

 

Elder L. Hadley Edwards July 27, 1905 - July 31, 1962 [Lawrence Hadley Edwards, s/o David Widener & Martha Alice Wright Edwards]

 

Eva Lee Edwards 1909 - 1958 “Asleep in Jesus, Peacefully Rest” [Eva Lee Powers, w/o Elder Lawrence Hadley Edwards]

 

Double stone:

Mother Alafair Yates June 18, 1877 - Sept. 17, 1947 [d/o Andrew Jackson & Lucretia Deel Edwards] Father James H. Yates May 18, 1876 - Dec. 18, 1953 [s/o Jeremiah & Mary “Polly” Anne Deel Yates]

 

Dave Edwards 1875 - 1948 “Farewell Until We Meet Again” “He was a good Father and friend to all” [David Widener Edwards, s/o Andrew Jackson & Lucretia Deel Edwards]

 

Alice Edwards Aug. 10, 1878 - May 7, 1946 “Farewell Until We Meet Again” “She was a Kind Loving Wife and Mother” [Martha Alice Wright, w/o Dave Edwards & d/o Solomon E. & Victoria Gibson Wright]

 

S. E. Wright born July 16, 1853 died Apr. 18, 1924 “Thy life was beauty, truth, goodness and love” [Solomon E. Wright, s/o John B. & Nancy J. “Big Nan” Deel Wright]

 

Rinda Wright Aug. 24, 1858 - Aug. 24, 1933 “Asleep in Jesus, loving Mother” [Lucinda “Rinda” Anderson, 2 nd. w/o S. E. Wright & d/o Charles & Matilda Colley Anderson]

 

Mother Prutina Counts 1868 -1928 “She was a kind and affectionate wife, a fond mother and a friend to all” [Clinsy Prutina Edwards, w/o Elijah Shelby Counts & d/o Andrew Jackson & Lucretia Deel Edwards]

 

5 th row:

 

Double stone:

Mullins, Leslie Dec. 26, 1913 - Oct. 15, 1988 [poss. s/o Henry & Prutina “Tiny” Edwards Mullins] married Feb. 23, 1933 Goldie April 20, 1911 - April 24, 1992

 

Double stone:

Mullins, Leslie, Jr. Mar. 7, 1948 - Aug. 13, 1982 married Sept. 3, 1977 Lavonda Nov. 10, 1956 Military stone: Leslie Mullins SP5 US Army Vietnam Mar. 7, 1948 - Aug 13, 1982

 

Freddie Edwards Feb. 16, 1901 - Jan. 22, 1971 “Asleep in Jesus” [s/o Noah M. & Crissie Deel Edwards]

 

Hettie Mae Edwards Feb. 28, 1901 - Feb. 10, 1962 [w/o Freddie Edwards, d/o George McClellan & Loretta Ann Epling Hackney]

 

Elma Edwards Feb. 26, 1921 - Mar. 15, 1966 “Asleep in Jesus” [d/o Freddie & Hettie Mae Hackney Edwards]

 

Emory Blankenship June 10, 1884 - Nov. 26, 1959 “A Sinner Saved by Grace”

 

Bertha C. Fuller Jan. 3, 1904 - Sept. 3, 1988

 

Double stone:

Edwards, Arthur 1900 - 1972 [s/o David Widener & Martha Alice Wright Edwards] Margie 1905-1974 “Rest in Peace” [Margie Hay, d/o Christopher Columbus & Emma Elizabeth Colley Hay]

 

Double stone:

Wright, John Sept. 19, 1880 - Oct. 2, 1962 [s/o Solomon E. & Victoria Gibson Wright] Judia Sept. 10, 1906 [Judia Riley, 2 nd. w/o John Wright]

 

Billy J. Rasnick Aug. 27, 1936 - June 1, 1990 “A Friend To All” “In God’s Care”

 

Father Charlie H. Rasnick July 7, 1893 - Dec. 24, 1967 Military Stone: Charlie H. Rasnick Virginia PFC HQ Co. 317 Infantry World War I 1893 - 1967

 

Margaret A. Rasnick Aug. 24, 1902 - Feb. 24, 1946 “She believeth and sleeps in Jesus”

 

Yates, Stanford Nov. 3, 1900 - July 13, 1930 “Gone But not forgotten” [s/o James & Alafair Edwards Yates]

 

George Doyle Rasnick Mar. 14, 1951 - July 2, 1951 “ I Shall Go To Him”

 

Landon Morris Rasnick Aug. 10, 1957 - Aug. 13, 1957 “I Shall Go To Him”

 

Garman E. Edwards April 24, 1925 - Sept. 10, 1960 “Asleep in Jesus Peaceful Rest” Military stone: German E. Edwards S1 US Navy World War II 1925 -1960 [Garman Earlse Edwards, s/o Noah M. & Rhoda Ella Fuller Edwards, drowned with his two sons Byron & James]

 

Daniel Lee Edwards 1954 - 1995 “An Inspiration To All Who Knew Him” Military stone: Daniel Lee Edwards US Army Sep. 20, 1954 - Jun. 27, 1995 [s/o Garman E. & Mildred Rasnick Edwards]

 

Edwards, Byron E. Nov. 9, 1949 - Sept. 10, 1960 “Asleep in Jesus” [s/o Garman E. & Mildred Rasnick Edwards]

 

Edwards, James R. Nov. 9, 1950 - Sept. 10, 1960 “Asleep in Jesus” [s/o Garman E. & Mildred Rasnick Edwards]

6 th row:

 

Double stone:

Smith, Kathy Sue Nov. 14, 1951 Arley Charles Dec. 20, 1947 - Mar. 11, 1998 Military stone: Arley Charles Smith SP4 US Army Vietnam Dec. 20, 1947-Mar. 11, 1998

 

Double stone:

Owens, Ellis Ray Oct. 17, 1923 “Great Daddy” wed June 5, 1946 Gazel M. Dec. 29, 1927 “Wonderful Mother”

 

Reserved

 

Brian Leo Hall March 5, 1975 - May 24, 1999 “Our Beloved Son”

 

Double stone:

Edwards, Jerry Mar. 9, 1946 - Oct. 13, 1993 [s/o Arthur & Margie Hay Edwards] married May 19, 1990 Sue July 15, 1949 Military stone: Jerry R. Edwards US Army Mar. 9, 1946 - Oct. 13, 1993

 

Double stone:

Colley, Lawrence Oct. 4, 1900 - Aug. 30, 1988 [Lawrence, s/o Noah C. & Mary McFarland Colley] married Feb. 6, 1920 Mae Apr. 22, 1903 - Mar. 25, 1986 [Lilly Mae Edwards, d/o Jeremiah & Margaret Yates Edwards]

 

Double stone:

Edwards, Myrtle 1910-1987 [Myrtle Arrington, d/o John A. & Cansada Owens Arrington] Holiday 1906-1978 “Asleep in Jesus” [s/o Jeremiah & Margaret Yates Edwards]

 

Double stone:

Arrington, Harmon L. June 29, 1894 - June 19, 1964 [s/o John A. & Cansada Owens Arrington] Pheby Ann June 16, 1890 - Nov. 17, 1971 [Phoebe Ann Fuller]

 

Ella Owens July 8, 1893 - Feb. 11, 1963 “Asleep in Jesus”

 

Double stone:

Duty, Roy Calvin Jan. 28, 1920 - Sept. 3, 1977 “Restful Sleep” Military stone: Roy C. Duty PFC US Army World War II 1920 - 1977 Duty, Bonnie V. May 15,1910 - Feb. 2, 1999 [Bonnie Victoria Edwards, d/o David Widener & Martha Alice Wright Edwards]

 

7 th row:

 

Willard B. Powers Aug. 17, 1919 - Sept. 27, 1976 Military stone: Willard B. Powers S. Sgt. US Army World War II Aug. 17, 1919 - Sept. 27, 1976

 

R. Lucy Powers Oct. 17, 1912 - Apr. 19, 1978

 

Gracie G. Fleming Mar. 18, 1903 - June 25, 1996 “An Inspiration To All Who Knew Her”

 

Reserved - Anderson

 

Reserved - Anderson

 

Double stone:

Anderson,Victor Jan. 7, 1907 - July 23, 1973 “Gone But Not Forgotten” [s/o Charles H. & Sarah Raines Anderson] Military stone: Victor Anderson VA Pvt. US Army Jan. 7, 1907 - July 23, 1973 Adkins, Verna A. Mar. 9, 1914 - Jan. 2, 1993 “Gone But Not Forgotten” [d/o David Widener & Martha Alice Wright Edwards, m. 2) Walter Adkins]

 

8 th row:

 

Floyd R. Mullins 1919 - 1991 “An Inspiration to all who knew him”

 

Double stone:

Mullins, Leonard C. Apr. 18, 1925 - Sept. 13, 2002 Pauline Sept. 26, 1924 - May 13, 2001 Military stone: Leonard C. Mullins Cox US Navy World War II Apr. 18, 1925 - Sept. 13, 2002

 

9 th row:

 

Frankie A. Fuller Mar. 12, 1922 - Mar. 26, 1980 “Gone Home”

 

Double stone:

McKinley Edwards Oct. 3, 1898 - Jan. 19, 1965 “Thy Trials Ended, Thy Rest is Won” [s/o Lewis & Sarah Anderson Edwards] Ella Edwards July 15, 1904 - Nov. 22, 1994 “Thy Trials Ended, Thy Rest is Won” [d/o Benjamin Howell & Margaret Wood Edwards]

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